Minnesota 5, Texas 1

Boxscore | Recap
Friday, July 6, 2012 8:05 PM
Location - Rangers Ballpark in Arlington
Temperature - 98°
Umpires - Home Plate - Eric Cooper, First Base - Marty Foster, Second Base - Chris Conroy, Third Base - Jeff Kellogg,
Attendance - 47240

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 X R H E
Minnesota 0 0 3 1 0 0 1 0 0 5 9 0
Texas 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 6 2

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Minnesota 36-47 17-25 19-22 W1
Texas 50-34 27-16 23-18 L5

Recap


Twins 5, Rangers 1: Justin Morneau homered for the first time since June 4 and drove in two runs while Joe Mauer added a pair of RBIs as visiting Minnesota handed Texas its fifth straight loss.

Francisco Liriano (3-7) allowed one run on five hits, walked six and struck out six in 6 2/3 innings to win for the first time on the road this season and improve to 4-1 lifetime against the Rangers.

Nelson Cruz had an RBI single for Texas, which leads the majors with 435 runs, but has scored only nine during its losing streak.

Rangers' All-Star outfielder Josh Hamilton left the game in the fifth inning with back spasms.

Martin Perez (1-1) lost in his second major league start. He allowed four runs (two earned) on six hits, and walked three in six innings.

The Twins took a 3-0 lead in the third inning, all with two outs. Mauer delivered an RBI single and, after advancing to second on a wild pitch, scored when Josh Willingham reached on Texas first baseman Mike Napoli’s error. Mourneau’s single drove in Willingham.

Mauer hit a sacrifice fly in the fourth inning and Mourneau homered for the first time in his last 25 games in the seventh to make it 5-1.

GAME NOTEBOOK:
The Rangers last lost five in a row from June 11-16, 2011. … The Rangers have dropped four straight against left-handed starters. … Minnesota, which owns the American League’s second-worst record at 36-47, has won six of its last eight games. … Napoli went 0-for-3 and is 13-for-84 against left-handers this season (.155) after hitting .319 against them in 2011. … Texas swept three games at Minnesota in April.

Top Game Performances

Starting Pitchers
Minnesota   Texas
Francisco Liriano Player Martin Perez
Win W/L Loss
6.2 IP 6.0
6 Strikeouts 3
5 Hits 6
1.35 ERA 3.00
Hitting
Minnesota   Texas
Ben Revere Player Nelson Cruz
2 Hits 2
0 RBI 1
0 HR 0
2 TB 3
.667 Avg .667

Team Stats Summary

Team Hits HR TB Avg LOB K RBI BB SB Errors
Minnesota 9 1 12 .265 14 7 4 3 1 0
Texas 6 0 7 .188 24 8 1 7 0 2

Upcoming Games

  • Texas will play their next game at home against Minnesota. The Rangers have a W/L % of .549 after a win and .667 after a loss.
  • Minnesota will play their next game on the road against Texas. The Twins have a W/L % of .429 after a win and .438 after a loss.