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Extra bases: Sardinas executes flawlessly

ARLINGTON, Texas -- On a day when the Texas Rangers did many of the little things correctly, rookie infielder Luis Sardinas might have topped them all.

Sardinas spent the better part of the afternoon on the bench, only to find himself pinch hitting with the bases loaded in the bottom of the eighth and the Rangers nursing a 2-0 lead.

With Elvis Andrus streaking from third to the plate, Sardinas successfully dropped a suicide squeeze bunt for a vital RBI. The Rangers went on to score two more runs in the eighth for a 5-0 victory.

Rangers manager Ron Washington said Sardinas' execution was perfect.

"In that situation, you want to bunt the ball back to the pitcher just like he did," Washington said. "I gave him one opportunity to swing and then I put the squeeze on. It was outstanding because we needed him."

Sardinas fouled off the first pitch, then saw third base coach Gary Pettis give the sign for a bunt.

"I had to focus to make sure I got the ball down on the ground," Sardinas said. "The pitch was a fastball, a little outside."

Twins pitcher Phil Hughes fielded the bunt in front of the mound but had no play at the plate. Sardinas was thrown out at first, but the Rangers were happy to exchange an out for a run.

Beltre stays hot: Adrian Beltre raised his batting average to .333 after going 3-for-3 on Saturday.

"Adrian has found his swing and is taking what pitchers give him," Washington said.

The playbook: Washington said Saturday's win is a blueprint for how he wants his team to play.

"It's what we've got to do," he said. "We've got to run, execute, play solid defense and get a well-pitched game."

The Rangers conclude the homestand against the Twins with a 2:05 start Sunday at Globe Life Park.