Series: Game 2 of 3

Minnesota leads 2-0 (as of 9/1)

Game 1: Tuesday, August 31
in 11
Game 2: Wednesday, September 1
Game 3: Thursday, September 2

Rangers 2

(73-58, 31-36 away)

Twins 4

(74-58, 40-28 home)

    8:10 PM ET, September 1, 2004

    Mall of America Field, Minneapolis, Minnesota 

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    W: J. Crain (1-0)

    L: F. Cordero (3-1)

    S: J. Nathan (36)

    Rangers are five games back in wild-card

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Terry Tiffee hit a go-ahead two-run double in his major league debut to give the Minnesota Twins a 4-2 victory over the Texas Rangers Wednesday night.

    Trailing 2-1, the Twins scored three runs in the eighth with the last two coming on Tiffee's high chopper off Francisco Cordero (3-1) that hopped over first base. Cordero had converted 21 straight save opportunities.

    It was the Rangers' third straight loss, dropping them five games behind Boston in the AL wild-card race. The Red Sox beat Anaheim 12-7.

    Shannon Stewart homered for Minnesota, which extended its lead over Cleveland in the AL Central to eight games.

    Jesse Crain (1-0) pitched two perfect innings for his first major league win. Joe Nathan pitched the ninth for his 36th save in 39 chances.

    Michael Young and Mark Teixeira each had two hits for Texas.

    In the eighth, Justin Morneau doubled off Chan Ho Park with one out and Cordero relieved. Lew Ford's single moved Morneau to third and Cristian Guzman hit an RBI single before Tiffee's double.

    Eric Young led off the game with a double off Terry Mulholland and scored on Michael Young's RBI single to make it 1-0.

    The Twins came right back when Stewart led off the home half with a home run. The 391-foot shot off Park was Stewart's 10th of the season.

    Kevin Mench hit a two-out RBI double in the third to make it 2-1.

    Park allowed one run and seven hits in 7 1-3 innings, striking out four and walking none.

    Mulholland allowed two runs and eight hits in six innings. He struck out four and walked one.

    Game notes

    Luis Rivas was replaced by Tiffee in the sixth because he injured his left toe turning a double play. Tiffee got a single in his first major-league at-bat and went 2-for-2. ... Hunter, who stole just six bases last season, stole his 21st base in the first inning. The Twins lead the majors with 48 steals in 61 attempts (79 percent) since the All-Star break. ... Three Rangers have hitting streaks of 10 games or more. Teixeira extended his to a career-best 11 games with a single in the first. Mench matched his career-high with a 10-game hitting streak, and Hank Blalock hit an infield single in the fourth to keep his career-long streak going at 12 games.

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