The Texas Rangers (34-45) won two of three against the Minnesota Twins (34-40) at Target Field.
Third baseman Adrian Beltre started the weekend for the Rangers with a RBI single before second baseman Rougned Odor hit a RBI groundout in the fourth inning in the series opener. In the fifth, designated hitter Shin-Soo Choo hit a two-run home run, his 14th. In the ninth, Choo hit a RBI single before right fielder Nomar Mazara hit a two-run single and Beltre hit a RBI double, his 10th. Texas won 8-1.
Lefty Mike Minor earned his fifth win with six innings of one-run ball, which included a pair of walks and three strikeouts. Then, the bullpen pitched three scoreless innings with a pair of strikeouts, which included reliever Jesse Chavez’s six-out save.
Catcher Robinson Chirinos started a six-run rally in game two for the Rangers with a RBI walk in the second. Later in the inning, center fielder Delino Deshields hit a two-run single before Choo hit a RBI ground-rule double, his 16th, and Mazara hit a two-run single. In the third, Chirinos hit a two-run home run, his ninth, before Beltre hit a solo home run, his fourth, in the fourth. Texas won 9-6.
Starter Yovani Gallardo pitched 5 1/3 innings, allowed four runs, two walks and struck out three to earn his first win of the season. Then, the bullpen combined for 3 2/3 innings, which included two runs allowed, two walks and six strikeouts. Two of those strikeouts came from closer Keone Kela during his two-out save, his 18th.
The Rangers were shutout in the series finale and managed only three hits and two walks. Texas lost 2-0.
Starter Bartolo Colon pitched seven innings of two-run ball with a walk and five strikeouts before lefty Alex Claudio pitched a scoreless eighth with two strikeouts.
Texas will open an eight-game homestand at Globe Life Park with a three-game series against the San Diego Padres (35-45).
These games can be heard on:
Monday- 107.9 Tulsa at 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday- 107.9 Tulsa at 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday- 107.9 Tulsa at 6:30 p.m.