Series: Game 2 of 4

Series tied 1-1 (as of 8/24)

Game 1: Monday, August 23
Game 2: Tuesday, August 24
Game 3: Wednesday, August 25
Game 4: Thursday, August 26

Twins 4

(70-55, 32-27 away)

Rangers 5

(70-54, 39-20 home)

    8:05 PM ET, August 24, 2004

    Globe Life Park in Arlington, Arlington, Texas 

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    MIN 000300001 4 7 0
    TEX 000000212 5 11 0

    W: F. Cordero (3-0)

    L: J. Nathan (1-2)

    Minnesota's 4-game win streak snapped

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Mark Teixeira singled home the winning run with two outs in the ninth inning, and the Texas Rangers rallied to beat Minnesota 5-4 Tuesday night and stop the Twins' four-game winning streak.

    With the Twins in front, 4-3, Gerald Laird led off the ninth with a single off Joe Nathan (1-2). After Alfonso Soriano and David Dellucci struck out, Michael Young doubled into the left-field corner to tie the score, giving Nathan just his third blown save in 37 chances.

    Hank Blalock was walked intentionally, Nathan threw a wild pitch and Teixeira singled just inside the right-field foul line.

    Pinch-hitter Justin Morneau had tied the score in the top half with an RBI double off Francisco Cordero (3-0).

    Texas, which remained one game behind Boston in the AL wild-card race, trailed 3-0 in the seventh but loaded the bases against Twins starter Carlos Silva on consecutive singles by Teixeira, Nix and Kevin Mench.

    After Mench's single, Minnesota trainer Jim Kahmann and manager Ron Gardenhire ran to the mound to check on Silva, who had an upper back strain. Silva, who allowed two runs and six hits in 6 1-3 innings, is day to day.

    Juan Rincon walked Gary Matthews Jr., forcing in a run, and pinch-hitter Eric Young's sacrifice fly made it 3-2 before Rincon struck out Soriano. Young's RBI single tied the score in the eighth.

    Minnesota took a 3-0 lead in the fourth off Chris Young, who made his major league debut and became the first player from Princeton to start a major league game since Dave Sisler with the 1961 Washington Senators. Torii Hunter hit a solo homer and Koskie hit a two-run shot.

    Young, who didn't allow a hit in the first three innings, wound up giving up three runs and four hits in 5 2-3 innings with four strikeouts and three walks.

    Game notes

    Morneau missed his second straight start due to a bruised left hand. ... Corey Koskie stretched his hitting streak to a season-high 12 games. ...Young become the 16th starting pitcher used by the Rangers this season.

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