Minnesota scored three times in the eighth against C.J. Wilson and then saw Joe Nathan escape from a bases-loaded jam with no outs to preserve a 5-3 victory. Hank Blalock, Nelson Cruz and Ivan Rodriguez reached to start the ninth, but Nathan struck out Elvis Andrus on three pitches. Julio Borbon followed and flew weakly to shallow left field. That left things up to Michael Young, who grounded into a fielder's choice on the first pitch.
The Rangers finished 4-5 on their nine-game road trip and will return home 3 1/2 games back in the wild-card standings. The Angels are leading Oakland, so the Rangers will be five back in the West if the A's don't rally.
-- Jeff Wilson