Tolbert, Pavano and Thome shine in 12-4 win over Rangers
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The Twins jumped all over Rangers starter Colby Lewis in the first inning. With two outs and the bases loaded, J.J. Hardy roped a ground rule double to left center, scoring Denard Span and Orlando Hudson. Two batters later, after Jason Repko was hit by a pitch to fill the bases again, Matt Tolbert hit a bases-clearing triple into the right field corner, giving the Twins a 5-0 lead.
In the bottom of the third inning, Jim Thome hit a 449-foot solo blast into the upper deck in right field, tying himself with Mark McGwire for ninth place on the all-time home run list (583).
One inning later, Thome passed McGwire with a three-run bomb into the bullpen in left -- the 584th home run of his career and 20th of the season -- that gave the Twins a 9-0 lead.
Thome also drew two walks on Saturday, giving him 1,668 for his career. That mark moves Thome past Frank Thomas for ninth place on the all-time walks list.
In total, the Twins drew five walks and tallied 11 hits, including five extra-base hits.
Tolbert went 2-for-5 with two triples and a career-high five RBIs. Hardy went 3-for-4 with two runs and two RBIs.
Pavano picked up his 16th win of the season, allowing three earned runs on a walk and eight hits. He struck out one and threw 108 pitches. This was the ninth time in 28 starts Pavano has pitched at least eight innings.
RHP Nick Blackburn (8-9, 6.04) is scheduled to face LHP C.J. Wilson (14-5, 2.88) in Sunday's series finale.