Rangers overcome Hamels struggles in 6-5 win over Twins

Rangers overcome Hamels struggles in 6-5 win over Twins

The Twins will begin the all-star break happier than they were about two weeks ago, beating the first-place Texas Rangers in three out of four games, including a 15-5 victory Sunday. The under is 8-2-1 in the last 11 meetings in Texas. The Rangers limped into the All-Star break with losing seven of their last nine games, including an embarrassing 15-5 loss to the Twins Sunday afternoon at Globe Life Park. The Rangers helped that cause. Lohse, 37, last started a major league game last August for the Milwaukee Brewers.

Eddie Rosario might have had his first career cycle if not for 6-foot-5, 289-pound teammate Kennys Vargas lumbering ahead of him on the bases. Beltre had an RBI single in the eighth, and Jurickson Profar hit his fourth homer in the ninth.

Texas optioned Chi Chi Gonzalez to Triple-A Round Rock a day after he threw 124 pitches in 4 2-3 innings against the Twins. After Miguel Sano hit a three-run homer in the fifth for a 5-4 lead, Hamels faced only three more batters - walking the last two before leaving after his 109th pitch. "I just try to keep 'em close with some moves".

The Twins were far from done.

The Twins, with the American League's worst record, have won four of six against the club with the league's best record over the past nine days to clinch the season series with one game left.

"There are points in the season where they don't look so well, they don't feel so well", Texas manager Jeff Banister said. Today capped all that off.

Tommy Milone (2-2) struck out three and walked three.

"We made Hamels work", Molitor said. The Rangers have allowed 23 runs in their last three games and five or more runs in seven of their last eight games.

CORRECTS TO SUNDAY NOT SATURDAY - Texas Rangers starting pitcher A.J. Griffin delivers to the Minnesota Twins during the first inning of a baseball game, Sunday, July 10, 2016, in Arlington, Texas.

"I was just out there battling", Griffin said. But obviously we've got to be better in that category. "I've got to erase it and go back after it the next time". The Twins matched their season high with 18 hits, after also having 18 in the series opener Thursday night. The safe call was overturned for the second out, and Suzuki then had what was an inning-ending flyball instead of a likely sac fly to leave Robbie Grossman stranded at third base.

Elvis Andrus and Bobby Wilson had RBIs in the fifth inning for Texas as the Rangers trailed 6-2 before the big seventh. Texas RHP Yu Darvish could return to the rotation as early as Saturday against the Chicago Cubs. He's been on the disabled list since June 13 with right shoulder discomfort.

Twins: CF Byron Buxton missed his second game because of a bruised right knee sustained in the first inning Friday night when he crashed into the wall.


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