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
”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
”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
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
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
”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
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,”