Rapid Reaction: Twins 7, Rangers 2
Holland snakebit: Holland had his fourth quality start in five games this season, allowing three runs in seven innings. An unearned run put him behind 1-0 in the third inning. Willinhgam's homer with two outs in the bottom of the sixth on a slider that stayed up the strike zone gave the Twins a 3-0 lead.
Offense stalled: The Rangers couldn't solve the riddle that was Twins left-hander Pedro Hernandez. Making his third career start, Hernandez had five shutout innings. He caught a big break in the top of the third when Ian Kinsler had a ground rule double on a ball that hopped over the left-center field fence. Leury Garcia, at first base after a single, would have scored easily. The Rangers still had runners at second and third and one out but Craig Gentry lined out to shortstop and Adrian Beltre to left field.
No clutch hits: The Rangers were 1-for-8 for the game with runners in scoring position and are now 4-for-25 for the series against Twins pitching.
Baserunning mishaps: The Rangers made three outs on the bases in Friday's 4-3 loss and made two more on Saturday. Craig Gentry was caught stealing in the first inning and Nelson Cruz was out trying to stretch a single into a double in the second inning.
Kirkman struggles: Reliever Michael Kirkman allowed three runs in the bottom of the eighth. He allowed four hits, including the first extra base hit of the season for Twins outfielder Aaron Hicks.
Avoiding the shutout: The Rangers were nearly shutout for the second time this season, but Mitch Moreland's two-run double on a misplayed ball in center field by Hicks allowed the Rangers to cut the lead to 7-2. The only time the Rangers have been shutout was April 10 by Tampa Bay.
Up next: The Rangers try to win three out of four games from the Twins when right-hander Alexi Ogando (2-1, 3.12 ERA) faces Minnesota right-hander Kevin Correia (2-1, 2.86 ERA) at 1:10 p.m. Sunday afternoon on FSSW and ESPN-FM 103.3 and 1540-AM.
103.3 FM ESPN PODCASTS
Play Podcast Rangers GM Jon Daniels joins Fitzsimmons and Durrett to tackle the tough questions after his team failed to advance to the playoffs.
Play Podcast Nolan Ryan joins Galloway and Company to discuss having Nelson Cruz back in the lineup and how the Rangers are feeling heading into their wild-card play-in game against the Rays.
Play Podcast ESPN Insider and senior MLB analyst Jim Bowden joins Fitzsimmons and Durrett to discuss the wild-card race and the Rangers' chances of making the playoffs.
Play Podcast Chuck Cooperstein joins Ian Fitzsimmons and Tim MacMahon to discuss why he feels Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish isn't an ace.
Play Podcast Elvis Andrus joins Galloway and Company to discuss the Rangers' stretch run and the morale level in their clubhouse.
Play Podcast Nolan Ryan joins Galloway and Company to discuss the latest Rangers news, including the team's struggles, Ron Washington's job security and a rumored trade with the Braves.
Play Podcast Ron Washington joins Ian Fitzsimmons and Tim MacMahon to discuss the Rangers' dismal September, who's to blame for their September struggles and his status as the team's manager.
Play Podcast Fitzsimmons and Durrett discuss how some people are calling for the Rangers to fire manager Ron Washington.