Series: Game 4 of 4

Series tied 2-2 (as of 8/26)

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

Twins 3

(71-56, 33-28 away)

Rangers 8

(71-55, 40-21 home)

8:05 PM ET, August 26, 2004

Globe Life Park in Arlington, Arlington, Texas 

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MIN 000002001 3 6 0
TEX 12041000 - 8 15 1

W: C. Park (3-4)

L: T. Mulholland (4-7)

Park's victory first since May 12

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Chan Ho Park pitched six strong innings in his return from the disabled list and the Texas Rangers equaled their win total from last year by beating the Minnesota Twins 8-3 Thursday night.

Hank Blalock homered for the fifth time in six games. He and Alfonso Soriano each had three RBI for the Rangers, who are 2½ games behind first-place Oakland in the AL West. Texas (71-55) also remained two games behind Boston in the wild-card race.

Park (3-4) allowed two runs and four hits to win for the first time since May 12 against Tampa Bay. He struck out four and walked three. The 31-year-old right-hander went on the disabled list May 20 with a sore back.

Minnesota loaded the bases against Park in the first inning with two singles and a walk. He then retired nine a row and did not allow another hit until the Twins touched him for two runs in the sixth.

Park, who had not won at home since Sept. 12, 2002, warmed up to start the seventh and was relieved by Ron Mahay. As Park walked toward the dugout, he received a standing ovation.

Park has been on the disabled list five times in three seasons with Texas since signing a $65 million, five-year contract. He never was on the DL in six full seasons with Los Angeles before that.

Justin Morneau had an RBI double and Corey Koskie added a run-scoring single for Minnesota in the sixth. Mahay pitched two scoreless innings, and Frank Francisco gave up an RBI double to Luis Rivas in the ninth.

Terry Mulholland (4-7) allowed seven runs and nine hits in 3 2-3 innings for the AL Central-leading Twins.

Blalock hit a two-run homer-- his 29th -- and Soriano added a two-run triple as Texas scored four runs in the fourth to take a 7-0 lead in support of Park.

Soriano was hit in the helmet by a pitch in the eighth inning. Texas manager Buck Showalter and trainer Jaime Reed immediately came out of the dugout and walked with Soriano to first base -- but he was smiling and appeared to be fine before leaving for a pinch-runner.

Park ran into trouble in the first when Shannon Stewart led off with a single, Torii Hunter singled one out later and Morneau walked.

But Lew Ford struck out and Koskie flied out to the warning track in center as Park got out of the jam.

Texas scored in the bottom of the first on Soriano's RBI double.

The Rangers added two in the second on Blalock's RBI single and Eric Young's sacrifice fly. Blalock has 12 RBI in his past seven games.

Game notes

Texas' Rod Barajas had an RBI single in the fifth. ... Koskie went 1-for-4 to extend his career-best hitting streak to 14 games.

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