Twins beat Rangers 2-1 behind solid outing from Kevin Slowey
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MINNEAPOLIS -- Kevin Slowey finally broke through his fifth-inning shackles, holding the Rangers to one run over 6 2/3 innings on Friday night as the Twins beat the Rangers 2-1. Slowey gave up six hits and a walk while striking out five.
Prior to Friday night, Slowey (6-3, 4.15) had only pitched beyond the fifth inning one time in nine starts.
The Twins jumped on the board first when Joe Mauer drove in Orlando Hudson with an RBI single in the third inning. The Rangers answered in the top of the fourth with an RBI single by Vladimir Guerrero, scoring Ian Kinsler to tie the game 1-1.
The go-ahead run for the Twins in the top of the fifth inning was somewhat anti-climactic. Nick Punto led off with a walk, and Denard Span followed with a bunt single. After Orlando Hudson ripped a base hit to left to load the bases with nobody out, Joe Mauer grounded into a 6-4-3 double play that scored Punto to give the Twins a 2-1 lead.
Jon Rauch, who allowed runs in his last two outings, pitched a scoreless ninth inning for his 11th save.
Rangers starting pitcher Colby Lewis (4-3, 3.41) pitched six innings, allowing two earned runs on five hits and four walks. He struck out one.
The paid attendance of 39,581 was the largest crowd in Target Field history.
On Saturday afternoon, RHP Carl Pavano (4-5, 4.17) is scheduled to face LHP C.J. Wilson (3-2, 3.07). First pitch at 3:10 on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.