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April 14, 2012

Rangers 6, Twins 2 (F)

MINNEAPOLIS -- A 425-foot solo homer was one of three hits for Josh Hamilton, and Adrian Beltre, Nelson Cruz and Brandon Snyder also had three hits Saturday in the Rangers' 6-2 victory over Minnesota in which Yu Darvish took a no-decision in his second career start.

The Twins threatened ninth in a non-save situation against Joe Nathan, who was making his first appearance against his former team. He issued a single and a double to start the inning, but struck out the next two hitters and got a weak grounder for the final out . He threw 26 pitches and might not be available for the series finale Sunday.

Darvish allowed two runs (one earned) in 5 2/3 innings, which was how long he lasted Monday in his big-league debut. But the Twins had 14 base runners as he allowed nine hits, walked four and hit one. That's one more runner than he allowed in an 11-5 victory over Seattle.

Robbie Ross got the first victory of his career by getting the final out of the sixth, a popout of former MVP Justin Morneau with the bases loaded, and the first of the seventh.

Hamilton's homer was his third of the year and gave the Rangers a 2-1 lead in the third. The Rangers got two-out RBI singles from Beltre and Michael Young in the seventh to reclaim the lead after Minnesota had tied it against Darvish in the sixth.

Beltre doubled in Hamilton in the ninth and later scored the 1,000th run of his career on an error against shortstop Trevor Plouffe.

-- Jeff Wilson



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