Rangers 9, Twins 3

Ian Kinsler gave the Texas Rangers another big start.

Kinsler hit a leadoff home run and Mitch Moreland launched a

463-foot shot, leading Ryan Dempster and the Rangers over the

Minnesota Twins 9-3 Saturday for their fourth straight win.

Kinsler homered in the first inning, hit a bases-loaded triple

in the third that made it 9-0 and also singled. Texas had 11 hits

by the third, including six for extra bases.

”It’s tough as an offense to have every single guy going

well,” Kinsler said. ”Right now it’s happening. It seems like

we’re seeing a lot of pitches and making the pitchers work.”

The Rangers, who have outscored opponents 39-12 during their

winning streak, got 14 hits. The only Texas player without one was

Adrian Beltre, who went 0 for 4 a day after hitting for the

cycle.

”They’ve been doing that a lot for everybody, getting four or

five runs in an inning,” Dempster said. ”The game plan is still

the same. But you have a little leeway when one run is not going to

change the game.”

The AL West leaders have won eight of nine against the Twins

this season.

”We’re swinging the bat pretty well,” Moreland said. ”One

through nine, there are no breaks.”

Justin Morneau went 4 for 4 with a home run for Minnesota, which

has lost five in a row and 14 of 16 overall.

Dempster allowed two runs in six innings and improved to 3-1

since he was acquired from the Cubs on July 31. He was 5-5 with

Chicago.

After two shaky outings in his first three starts with Texas,

Dempster has yielded just three runs in 14 innings over his last

two starts. He struck out seven and walked two to beat the Twins

for the second time this season.

Brian Duensing (3-9) gave up a career-worst nine runs in 2 1-3

innings. It was another disappointing outing for Minnesota’s

starting pitchers this series – they have allowed 18 earned runs

and 24 hits in 9 2-3 innings.

”It was really tough,” Duensing said. ”I had a bad day that

came at the worst possible time.”

Duensing was coming off one of his best outings of the season,

having held Oakland to two runs in six innings on Monday. But the

left-hander got off to a rough start when Kinsler drove his third

pitch into the seats in left. It was Kinsler’s 25th career leadoff

homer.

Nelson Cruz added an RBI double in the first to make it 2-0.

Moreland’s three-run homer in the second inning was the

third-longest shot at the Rangers’ stadium. Josh Hamilton hit the

longest, a 490-foot drive in 2010.

Moreland made his first start against a left-hander this

season.

”I come in every day ready to play,” Moreland said. ”I saw my

name in the lineup and went out like I do every day.”

Geovany Soto had an RBI single and Texas loaded the bases in the

third to chase Duensing. Kinsler, the second batter reliever Alex

Burnett faced, tripled to deep right-center.

Morneau’s 17th home run of the season in the fourth was the

first homer by Minnesota since Aug. 17. In the sixth, Morneau was

thrown at home by Craig Gentry trying to score on a single to

center.

NOTES: Texas RHP Yu Darvish who missed his last start with

tightness in his right quadriceps, threw a 30-pitch bullpen session

and took fielding practice before the game. He will throw again in

the bullpen Sunday ahead of his scheduled start Tuesday against

Tampa Bay. … Twins LF Josh Willingham was back in the lineup

after missing two games with a stiff neck. … Rangers manager Ron

Washington said RHP Koji Uehara (strained right lat) may come off

the disabled list Sunday if he has no setbacks after throwing a

scoreless inning of relief for Triple-A Round Rock. … Ben Revere

became the fourth player in Twins history with consecutive

30-stolen base seasons. … The Rangers gave away Washington

bobblehead dolls to 30,000 fans. ”It’s a pretty good likeness,”

Washington said.