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Updated: August 24th, 2010 10:24pm
Missed chance in seventh inning costs Twins in 4-3 loss to Rangers

Missed chance in seventh inning costs Twins in 4-3 loss to Rangers

by Phil Mackey
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Despite another solid outing by Carl Pavano, Michael Young's two-out RBI single in the bottom of the seventh inning made the difference in the Rangers' 4-3 win over the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday night.

Pavano threw all eight innings, allowing four earned runs on eight hits and two walks while striking out five. In 26 starts this season, Pavano has thrown at least eight innings nine times. He has thrown at least seven innings 16 times.

Of course, the offense managed only three runs off Colby Lewis and company, and the Twins squandered an opportunity to seize control of the game with runners on second and third and nobody out in the top of the seventh inning, with the game tied 3-3.

Drew Butera lined out to third, and Darren Oliver came on to induce groundballs by Denard Span and Orlando Hudson to end the inning.

In the ninth, with two outs and Jason Repko pinch running at first base for Jim Thome, right-handed flame-thrower Neftali Feliz -- who actually dominates left-handed hitters more than righties throughout his career, both in the minors and majors -- froze the left-handed hitting Matt Tolbert to end the game.

Tolbert had previously tallied eight hits in 13 at bats during his three-game stint at Class-AAA Rochester before joining the Twins last Friday.

With the loss, the Twins are now 20-19 against potential American League playoff teams -- a group that consists of the Rangers, White Sox, Yankees, Rays and Red Sox.

Phil Mackey is a columnist for He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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