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.
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.