Texas Power Takes Twins 11-7, Buxton Called
Rangers hit impressive HRs, Lewis finally beats Twins
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Mitch Moreland and Joey Gallo hit back-to-back, impressive home runs and the Texas Rangers won 11-7 on Saturday for Colby Lewis' first career victory over the Minnesota Twins.
Minnesota has lost five games in a row after starting the week as the AL Central leader. The Twins were without outfielder Torii Hunter, who dropped the appeal of his two-game suspension for an equipment-throwing rant and started serving the penalty.
The Rangers snapped a 3-all tie with a six-run fourth, including Moreland's three-run shot pulled an estimated 409 feet down the right-field line to chase Mike Pelfrey (5-3). Gallo greeted reliever J.R. Graham with a 461-foot drive into the upper deck in right.
The Twins were the only AL team Lewis (6-3) hadn't beaten as a Ranger. The 35-year-old in his 10th major league season had been 0-5 in 11 career appearances, seven of those starts. He retired the last 15 batters he faced, and didn't return after a one-hour, 19-minute rain delay in the seventh.
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Top prospect OF Byron Buxton set to join Twins on Sunday
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Minnesota Twins top prospect Byron Buxton is getting called up to the major leagues.
The Twins announced Saturday their plan to select Buxton's contract from Double-A Chattanooga, and that the outfielder will be in uniform Sunday for the finale of a three-game series in Texas.
In 59 games for Chattanooga this season, Buxton hit .283 with seven doubles, 12 triples and six home runs. He also had 20 stolen bases and 37 RBIs. Buxton was playing this weekend at Birmingham and having a big series.
Buxton was the second overall pick in the 2012 amateur baseball draft, behind shortstop Carlos Correa, who made his major league debut for Houston on Monday.
The 21-year-old Buxton is regarded by many as the No. 1 prospect in the minors.
The Twins will make a corresponding move before Sunday's game.