Rapid Reaction: Twins 6, Rangers 5
August, 26, 2012
By Richard Durrett | ESPNDallas.com
ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Rangers' weren't quite able to come back after the Twins took a four-run lead off Scott Feldman after the top of the fifth, and Minnesota ended up with a 6-5 victory.
What it means: The Rangers were unable to get the four-game sweep of the Twins and dropped to 75-52. They still have won seven of their last nine and are 5 1/2 games up on the second-place Oakland A's in the AL West.
Hamilton drives in four: Josh Hamilton had a two-run single in the first and a two-run homer in the sixth to boost his season total to 111 RBIs, keeping him in front of Miguel Cabrera for the MLB lead. ... Hamilton has 27 RBIs in August. He had 27 combined in June and July. ... The homer went 408 feet just over the center-field wall.
35 homers: Hamilton now has 35 homers, building up his career high in that category. He's the first Ranger with at least 35 homers since 2005, when Mark Teixeira had 43 and Alfonso Soriano had 36.
Boomstick hits 20: Nelson Cruz also went deep in the sixth inning, making it a one-run deficit. ... It was his 20th homer of the season, the fourth consecutive season he's had at least 20 homers. ... He's the sixth player in club history with 20 or more homers in at least four straight seasons, joining Pete Incaviglia, Juan Gonzalez, Ivan Rodriguez, Teixeira and Rafael Palmeiro. ... It was Cruz's first homer since Aug. 18.
Feldman struggles: Feldman had only one clean inning, allowing six runs (five earned) on 10 hits with four strikeouts and a walk in 5 2/3 innings. ... It was Feldman's fourth straight loss after winning his previous six decisions. ... He has left with the Rangers trailing in each of his last four starts.
Rain delay: The game was stopped with Ian Kinsler at the plate in the bottom of the first for a 1-hour, 26-minute rain delay. The teams tried to play through it, but the rain was finally too hard and they had to stop.
Early runs: For the fourth consecutive game, Kinsler led off by getting on base and scoring. He hit an infield single and then he and Mitch Moreland scored on Hamilton's two-run single to right. That gave the Rangers a brief 2-1 lead.
Fielding issues: The Rangers had a sloppy third inning on defense. Moreland committed a throwing error on an off-balance attempt after getting to a slow bouncer from Ben Revere to lead off the inning. ... Adrian Beltre was charged with an error after he caught a throw on a rundown attempt and then dropped it as he tried to tag Revere, who ended up safe at third base. ... Revere scored on a sacrifice fly that Hamilton caught and then dropped. It stayed in his glove long enough to get the out, but Revere scored.
Two hits in 2-spot: Moreland batted in the No. 2 spot for the fifth time in his career and the first time since May 21, 2011. He was 2-for-4 with two runs scored.
Great catch: Craig Gentry took a home run away from Joe Mauer in the top of the ninth, timing his jump at the center-field wall perfectly. He got his glove over the wall and snatched it, keeping the score at 6-5. It allowed Koji Uehara to pitch a scoreless inning.
Up next: The Tampa Bay Rays come to town with LHP Derek Holland (8-6, 4.92 ERA) taking on LHP David Price (16-4, 2.28 ERA) at 7:05 p.m. on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM, ESPN and FSSW.