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July 08, 2012

Rangers 4, Twins 3 (13)

ARLINGTON -- Michael Young capped a three-run game-tying rally in the ninth Sunday night with a two-run single, and Ian Kinsler singled home David Murphy as the Rangers beat Minnesota with a second straight 4-3 walk-off victory.

Young went 4-for-6, and his final hit was a double to right field to start the 13th. The Twins walked David Murphy ahead of Mike Napoli, who had been 0 for 11 before beating out an infield hit to load the bases.

After Craig Gentry hit into a fielder's choice, which Young thrown out at home, Kinsler ripped a deep flyball into the gap in left-center field.

The Rangers enter the All-Star break with a four-game lead over the Angels in the American League West.

Yoshinori Tateyama, the fifth Rangers reliever of the game, worked 1 2/3 scoreless innings after Michael Kirkman was injured while recording the first out of the 10th inning. Scott Feldman followed with two scoreless innings to pick up the victory.

Unheralded Twins rookie Cole DeVries and reliever Casey Fien had allowed only four hits in eight innings, and it appeared as thought the Rangers would limp into the All-Star break with a 3-0 loss.

DeVries outpitched Roy Oswalt, who was much better than he had been in his previous two starts. He took a shutout into the sixth inning, and easily reitred the first two batters. But the Twins put together a Joe Mauer single and a walk to Josh Willingham with two outs, and Justin Morneau singled home Mauer.

The Twins added two runs in the ninth off Joe Nathan, who had logged two innings and 36 pitches Saturday night. The All-Star closer, though, allowed a pair of singles to start the ninth and committed a throwing error on a sacrifice bunt by Brian Dozier to plate one run and put Twins at second and third with no outs.

After Jamey Carroll struck out, Denard Span delivered a sacrifice fly. That ended the night for Nathan, and Kirkman got Ben Revere to end the inning.

Both runs were unearned, which proved critical as Kinsler reached second on an error to start the ninth, went to third on a wild pitch and scored on a groundout by Elvis Andrus. But the Rangers found some life with two outs as Adrian Beltre singled and Cruz doubled, and both would score on Young's third hit of the game.

The Rangers had a chance in the 11th as Cruz got to second with one out after an infield single and a throwing error. Young flied out, Murphy was intentionally walked and Napoli walked to fill the bases for Gentry, who lined out to first base.

In the 12th, Kinsler started with a single to right and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Andrus. The Twins intentionally walked Hamilton, and Beltre bounced into a fielder's choice and Cruz grounded out to end the threat.

The Rangers' offense had only one runner get past second base the first eight innings. It was Kinsler, who collected a leadoff single in the first inning and advanced as far as third. But DeVries, who was in Triple A as recently as June 25, faced the minimum over the next six innings and allowed only two more hits.

The game was stopped in the fourth inning shortly after 7 p.m. when a lightning struck north of the stadium and was accompanied by a loud clap of thunder. Several players ran to their dugouts, and the umpires quickly left the field.

Napoli was the first to leave, and Twins left fielder Josh Willingham, who was at first base, sought safety by hitting the infield dirt.

Rain started falling 10 minutes later to contribute to a 46-minute delay.

-- Jeff Wilson


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