Twins Roll Rangers Again 10-1
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Max Kepler drove in three runs with a homer and a short sacrifice fly, Tyler Duffey matched a career high with nine strikeouts and the last-place Minnesota Twins again beat the AL-leading Texas Rangers, 10-1 on Thursday night.
The Twins, whose 30-55 record is the worst in the American League, won for the fifth time in six games. That includes three straight over the Rangers, who lost the last two games of their series in Minnesota last weekend.
Minnesota led for good after Eduardo Nunez and Joe Mauer started the game with consecutive hits off Chi Chi Gonzalez (0-2) and both scored. Kurt Suzuki led off the second with his fifth homer, and it was 4-0 after Brian Dozier snapped an 0-for-13 slump with an RBI single later in the inning.
Duffey (5-6) limited Texas to two hits over six innings, but walked four and hit two batters.
Game two is tonight at 7:05, 6:30 pre-game on KROC AM. Kyle Gibson is scheduled to start against Cole Hamels for Texas.