Minnesota 7, Texas 2

Date - Saturday, April 27, 2013 4:10 PM
Location - Target Field
Temperature - 73°
Umpires - Home Plate - Alfonso Marquez, First Base - Mike DiMuro, Second Base - Dan Bellino, Third Base - Ted Barrett,
Attendance - 37503

Final Scoring Summary

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

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Texas 16-8 7-2 9-6 L1
Minnesota 10-10 6-6 4-4 W1


Twins 7, Rangers 2: Josh Willingham had two hits, including a two-run homer, and Pedro Hernandez threw five scoreless innings to earn the victory for host Minnesota.

Hernandez (1-0) scattered five hits before relievers Anthony Swarzak, Brian Duensing, Jared Burton and Glen Perkins combined to hold the Rangers down until Mitch Moreland hit a two-run double with two outs in the ninth. Eduardo Escobar, who started at third base in place of Trevor Plouffe, contributed two hits for the Twins, who dropped the first two games of the series.

Rangers starter Derek Holland (1-2) allowed four runs (three earned) and five hits in seven innings. His biggest mistake was a 3-1 off-speed pitch to Willingham in the sixth inning, which he sat on for a towering two-run homer to left and a 3-0 lead.

The Twins took advantage of a Texas error and their only hit through the first five innings off Holland to take a 1-0 lead in the third inning. Aaron Hicks reached on an error by Moreland to start the inning, Escobar singled to left to put runners on the corners and Brian Dozier lifted a sacrifice fly to center.

The Twins added a run in the seventh and three more in the eighth, the final two coming home on a double by Hicks. Twins designated hitter Oswaldo Arcia contributed a walk, a single and two runs scored.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Willingham now has 25 homers in 83 games at Target Field. … Rangers SS Leury Garcia made his second major-league start in place of Elvis Andrus, who was given the day off. Jeff Baker also returned after getting knocked out of Monday's game against the Los Angeles Angels with a knee contusion. He played third base for Texas with Adrian Beltre moving to designated hitter. … The Rangers had runners erased on the base paths in each of the first two innings, put runners on second and third with one out in the third and a runner at third with one out in the eighth but couldn’t capitalize.

Top Game Performances

Starting Pitchers
Texas   Minnesota
Derek Holland Player Pedro Hernandez
Loss W/L Win
7.0 IP 5.0
6 Strikeouts 3
5 Hits 5
3.86 ERA 0.00
Texas   Minnesota
Ian Kinsler Player Josh Willingham
2 Hits 2
0 RBI 2
0 HR 1
4 TB 5
.500 Avg .500

Team Stats Summary

Team Hits HR TB Avg LOB K RBI BB SB Errors
Texas 8 0 11 .242 17 10 2 3 1 1
Minnesota 9 1 14 .273 10 7 7 1 1 0

Upcoming Games

  • Minnesota will play their next game at home against Texas. The Twins have a W/L % of .667 after a win and .364 after a loss.
  • Texas will play their next game on the road against Minnesota. The Rangers have a W/L % of .529 after a win and 1.000 after a loss.
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