Twins avoid getting swept by Rangers, end 10-game trip with two wins
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Ben Revere had four hits, Cole De Vries won for the first time in nearly two months and the Twins held off the Texas Rangers 6-5 Sunday to end a five-game losing streak.
The Twins avoided getting swept in the four-game series and finished their 10-game trip with a 2-8 record.
Josh Hamilton hit his 35th homer for Texas and drove in four runs, giving him a major league-leading 111 RBI.
De Vries (3-5) gave up two runs and struck out five in five innings. The righthander surrendered three hits, none after the opening inning, and retired his final 12 batters.
De Vries threw five pitches in the first before the umpires stopped the game because of steady rain that delayed the game for 1 hour, 26 minutes.
Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said he normally would replace a starter after that lengthy of a break.
Instead, De Vries was sent back to the mound. He responded by giving up two runs and three singles in five innings against the high-powered Rangers.
"I was pretty much 100 percent sure that it wasn't going to happen because our bullpen has just been killed the past couple of days," said De Vries, who threw 98 pitches. "So I had to go out there and eat up as many innings as I could."
The AL West leaders got three consecutive singles off De Vries after play resumed, capped by Hamilton's two-run hit that put Texas up 2-1.
De Vries, who threw seven scoreless innings on July 8 against Texas, retired 15 of the next 16 he faced. The only batter to reach was Geovany Soto, who struck out but got to first on a passed ball.
Relievers Casey Fien and Jared Burton each pitched a scoreless inning, and Glen Perkins worked a perfect ninth for his seventh save in 10 chances.
"We can score some runs," Gardenhire said. "We just need an opportunity to stay in games."
Texas' Scott Feldman (6-10) lost his fourth start in a row. He gave up six runs and 10 hits in 5 2/3 innings.
Revere lined an RBI triple in the sixth that gave the Twins a 6-2 lead. The speedy right fielder reached base five times and scored three runs.
"We finally got one to go our way," Revere said. "We're a good enough team that we should be able to compete with these guys."
Hamilton hit a two-run homer off Jeff Gray and Nelson Cruz added a solo shot two batters later to bring Texas within 6-5 in the sixth.
Texas center fielder Craig Gentry took a home run away from Joe Mauer in the ninth. Gentry went back to the nearly 9-foot wall, jumped up and snared the drive before it cleared the fence.
The Twins took the lead for good with an unearned run in the third as first baseman Mitch Moreland and third baseman Adrian Beltre committed errors. Justin Morneau's sacrifice fly to shallow left, which Hamilton dropped while transferring the ball from his glove, put the Twins ahead 3-2.
Mauer and Trevor Plouffe had RBI singles in the fifth that extended the Twins' lead to 5-2.
Revere walked and scored on Josh Willingham's double in the first. The Twins tied the score at 2 in the second on Pedro Florimon's groundout.
0-4: DeVries' record in 10 starts since beating Kansas City on June 30 before Sunday.
18: Number of earned runs the Twins' starting pitchers had given up in the first three games of the series. They also allowed 24 hits in 9 2/3 innings.
Twins lefthanded pitcher Scott Diamond said he is ready to make his scheduled start Tuesday as he awaits word on his appeal of a six-game suspension for a pitch thrown near the Hamilton's head.
Diamond said the appeal was filed late Friday afternoon and was uncertain whether the league would address it by Monday. "I don't know when I will hear," Diamond said. "It might take them a day or two."
Monday: vs. Mariners, 7:10 p.m. RHP Liam Hendriks (0-6, 7.06 ERA) vs. RHP Felix Hernandez (12-5, 2.54)
Tuesday: vs. Mariners, 7:10 p.m. LHP Scott Diamond (10-5, 3.04) vs. RHP Hisashi Iwakuma (4-3, 3.64)
Wednesday: vs. Mariners, 7:10 p.m. RHP Sam Deduno (4-2, 4.24) vs. LHP Jason Vargas (13-8, 3.75)
Thursday: vs. Mariners, 12:10 p.m. LHP Brian Duensing (3-9, 5.28) vs. RHP Blake Beavan (8-8, 5.10)© The Associated Press