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Saturday, June 11, 2011
Rapid Reaction: Twins 8, Rangers 1

By Bryan Dolgin



The Rangers lost to the Twins in the third game of this four-game series in Minnesota, 8-1. Texas will go for the split Sunday.

In his last start, which was at home against Detroit, Colby Lewis lasted just 3 1/3 innings and allowed nine earned runs on 10 hits (four home runs). On Saturday in Minnesota, Lewis lasted just 1 1/3 innings. He faced 10 batters in the first and gave up five runs on five hits (no home runs) and two walks.

Lewis would face just just three batters in the second inning after Delmon Young’s RBI single gave the Twins a 6-0 lead.

The start was Lewis' shortest since Aug. 27, 2003, against Kansas City. It’s also the shortest for a Rangers starter since Derek Holland lasted an inning at Minnesota on May 30 of last year.

The line for Lewis in his last two starts: 4 2/3 IP, 17 H (4 HRs), 15R, 15 ER, 3BB, 4K. His ERA elevated from 3.48 to 4.97 in that span.

*Twins starting RHP Scott Baker was perfect through four innings. Adrian Beltre led off the fifth with a double before Baker retired the next 11 batters. The Rangers avoided the shutout with a two-out RBI double by David Murphy in the eighth. Baker pitched a complete game.

*Dave Bush pitched 4 2/3 innings of long relief. He was hit in the left hamstring area with a Ben Revere grounder in the sixth which resulted in a bruise. He is day-to-day.

*Michael Young was not in the starting lineup. Rangers manager Ron Washington told him last night that he would be given the day off. Young has played in 1,572 Rangers games, one shy of the overall franchise record held by Rafael Palmeiro.

*Ian Kinsler was back in the lineup after missing three games due to paternity leave, leading off and playing second base. He entered the game batting .123 on the road this season but went 1-for-4 with a single to raise his road average to .127 (14-for-110). However, Kinsler is a .333 hitter at home. To make room for Kinsler, Chris Davis was optioned back to Triple-A Round Rock.

*Josh Hamilton entered this game as a .172 hitter (5-for-29) in the daytime. He went 1-for-4 and raised that average to .188.

*Mitch Moreland’s nine-game hitting streak ended with an 0-for-3 performance.

*The Rangers are 16-10 vs. the American League Central.