Late offensive outburst leads Twins past Rangers
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MINNEAPOLIS -- Rangers starting pitcher C.J. Wilson cruised through five innings, but a two-run, game-tying home run by Orlando Hudson in the sixth, followed by a bases loaded double by Delmon Young in the seventh helped propel the Twins to a 8-3 win on Saturday.
The Rangers jumped out to a 2-0 lead on Twins starter Carl Pavano, courtesy of RBI singles by Julio Borbon in the third and fifth innings.
Wilson (3-3, 3.48) then retired 10-straight batters in the middle innings, but Denard Span broke that streak with a single to right in the sixth. Hudson followed with a blast to left, tying the game 2-2.
Wilson then loaded the bases with nobody out to start the seventh, and he was pulled from the game in favor RHP Chris Ray, who served up a two-run double to Young on the first pitch. J.J. Hardy followed with a two-run bloop single, Hudson an RBI double, and Justin Morneau an RBI single, giving the Twins a 8-2 lead.
Pavano (5-5, 3.99) labored early, but threw seven solid innings, allowing two earned runs on seven hits. He walked one and struck out one.
The Twins committed two errors in a game for the first time all season -- a bobbled groundball by Hardy, and an errant throw by Jason Kubel.
The last time the Twins won three consecutive games was May 3-5 -- a sweep of the Tigers.
The paid attendance of 39,659 was once again a Target Field record.
Sunday night's game will be televised nationally on ESPN. RHP Scott Baker (4-4, 4.48) will face RHP Derek Holland (2-0, 2.60).