Rangers 9, Twins 3
Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington planned to give Michael Young a rest this weekend and he's sticking to it.
Not even a breakout game could change the manager's mind.
The Rangers sent 11 batters to the plate and scored a season-high seven runs in the second inning to snap an eight-game road losing streak against the Twins and win for the first time at Target Field.
Young, who is two away from setting the Rangers franchise record for games played, was 4 for 39 in June before Friday. Washington said after the game that he's sticking to his plan to give Young the day off on Saturday.
''I want to play every day, but at the same time Wash was great,'' Young said. ''I told him I'm fine, I told him I'm ready to go. He just said he wants to take care of me.''
C.J. Wilson (7-3) allowed three runs and eight hits in seven innings to notch his fifth straight quality start.
The lefty pitched through a steady rain and conditions that worsened throughout the game. Despite struggling to grip the ball and command his pitches, Wilson gave Texas another strong effort.
''It was like Die Hard,'' Wilson said. ''Bruce Willis gets shot, he's limping around, but he still throws the bad guy down the elevator shaft. It's whatever you can do.''
Brian Duensing (3-6) lasted two innings and allowed seven runs - three earned - and seven hits as the Twins lost for the second time in their last nine games. Duensing has lost six of his last seven decisions.
It started raining in the second inning, right before Texas got rolling and Minnesota reverted to the sloppy play that has characterized most of its season.
''Ugly weather and one really bad inning out there,'' Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. ''We missed a couple of plays. One of those innings that's a nightmare. Couldn't stop it, couldn't find a way.''
Beltre led off with a walk and scored when Jason Repko slipped and bobbled Mike Napoli's single to center. Yorvit Torrealba delivered an RBI single and scored when shortstop Alexi Casilla misplayed Andres Blanco's bouncer.
Blanco scored on Craig Gentry's single, barely avoiding Drew Butera's tag at the plate. The close play drew Gardenhire out of the dugout to kick some dirt around home plate and argue briefly with umpire Dana DeMuth.
Young capped the second inning with a two-run single after Gardenhire stomped back to the dugout.
Young hit .341 in April and May, but his June slump dipped him to .304 entering Friday. Perhaps the big second-inning hit will ignite another hot streak.
''I don't waste time thinking about my previous at-bats,'' Young said. ''I know over the course of a long season if I keep grinding out my at-bats I'm going to be productive. I don't buy what some people say that the at-bats you've already had have anything to do with the at-bats you're going to have.''
The rain let up to a light drizzle after the second and Wilson took advantage of some rare run support. The Rangers averaged fewer than two runs in Wilson's previous four starts before Friday.
''We tried to battle back and nothing was happening,'' Gardenhire said. ''It was one of those nights where it was ugly, it's raining, the field was in brutal shape and we didn't have any good luck in the second inning.''
The cushion allowed Wilson to attack the Twins' injury-ravaged lineup, even though he compared the mound to ''landing in a pot of brownie mix.''
Already missing Joe Mauer, Jim Thome, Jason Kubel and Denard Span, the Twins were without first baseman Justin Morneau on Friday. The former MVP sat out with a sore wrist and a pinched nerve in his neck that also affects his shoulder.
Butera had a career-high three hits and an RBI and Michael Cuddyer had two hits and an RBI.
The first-place Rangers are in the middle of a stretch of playing 17 of 20 games on the road. Before finally beating the Twins at Target Field, the Rangers were outscored 43-23 in their first seven games at the new stadium.
Gentry, Napoli and Torrealba all had two hits.
''We did a little bit of everything, ran the bases, took advantage of some opportunities that were given to us.'' Washington said. ''A good night.''
NOTES: Nelson Cruz was the only Ranger to not reach base. ... Injured Rangers RHP Brandon Webb is scheduled to throw a bullpen session on Saturday. ... Scott Feldman will throw about 70 pitches for Double-A Frisco on Saturday as he works to return to the Rangers after right knee surgery. ... Mauer homered in his first at-bat for Class A Fort Myers on Friday. The Twins will determine Mauer's next step after he catches again Sunday.