Derek Holland gave the Texas Rangers another quality start, but the Minnesota Twins used a Josh Willingham two-run home run to pull away for a 7-2 victory on Saturday afternoon at Target Field In Minneapolis.
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.
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.