ARLINGTON – Texas’ 4-1 win against the Minnesota Twins Thursday night kept the Rangers two games ahead of the Angels in the AL West.
Texas still hasn’t lost more than two games in a row at home in more than a year – the Rangers had lost the previous two games to Minnesota before Thursday’s win
Texas (60-46) is now only one game behind last year’s pace through 106 games. The Rangers 35-21 home record ties the club for its third best ever through 56 home games.
Winning pitcher Matt Harrison (9-7) beat the Twins for the first time in his career. He had lost his only previous start against Minnesota. He has won three straight games and six of his last nine starts. Harrison has more quality starts than any other Ranger pitcher this season with 15.
Josh Hamilton finished the game with three hits including a double and a triple. It was his ninth three-hit performance this year, and he joined Michael Young for the team lead with four triples this season. He has 12 extra-base hits in his last 16 games. Texas is now 30-9 when Hamilton drives in a run.
Yoshinori Tateyama, who struck out Michael Cuddyer in the eighth, now leads all Texas relievers with 25 strikeouts since he made his debut on May 24. He only faced Cuddyer Thursday.
While Texas split this series 2-2, Minnesota still won the season series against the Rangers 5-3. The Twins won three of four against Texas in Minnesota in June.
– Brent Shirley