Kyle Lohse was called upon by the Rangers for a spot start Saturday night because of his 14 years of major league experience. The experience was good enough to keep him in the game for five innings, but not enough to keep the Twins off the board. They scored six on nine hits against Lohse and beat the Rangers 8-6 Saturday night at Globe Life Park. The clubs close out the first half with the series finale at 2 p.m. Sunday.
Pitching: Lohse left trailing 6-3 after five innings. He allowed nine hits, including two homers and two walks over 109 pitches. Eduardo Nunez’s two-run homer capped a three-run fourth that put the twins up 5-3. Eddie Rosario’s homer in the fifth made it 6-3.
Jose Leclerc walked the bases loaded in the sixth but escaped when Mitch Moreland snared Max Kepler’s line drive to first. In the seventh, Kennys Vargas and Eddie Rosario doubled and scored to push the lead to 8-4.
Hitting: The Rangers scored one in the second and two in the third against Twins’ right-hander Ricky Nolasco to take a 3-2 lead. Elvis Andrus homered in the second and Robinson Chirinos and Ian Desmond singled and scored in the third. Adrian Beltre and Prince Fielder started the sixth with singles and Beltre scored on Nomar Mazara’s 4-6-3 double play. In the first, Shin-Soo Choo and Ian Desmond led off with singles but Beltre and Odor flew out and Desmond was picked off first. Andrus’ pop single over first scored Beltre in the eighth to pull the Rangers to within 8-5. With two outs in the ninth, Desmond doubled to the left-center gap and scored on Odor’s single up the middle to make it 8-6. Belre lined out to left to end the game.
Notable: Lohse snapped a string of seven consecutive starts by Rangers pitchers of less than five innings ... 37,708 was the paid attendance ... the game was delayed an hour, 10 minutes because of rain. It ended around 12:34 a.m.