Another quality start by a Rangers pitcher wasn’t enough to complete the sweep against the Minnesota Twins. Texas lost 4-3 after the Twins scored a run on two doubles in the ninth and salvage Sunday’s finale at Globe Life Park.
Pitching: The Twins jumped on starter Nick Martinez for two runs in the first, including a lead-off homer by Brian Dozier and a run-scoring double to the left-field corner by Eduardo Nunez. Martinez held Minnesota scoreless for the next four innings until the Twins tied it at 3-3 with a run on three triples in the sixth. Martinez allowed three runs on eight hits and two walks in seven innings. Keone Kela pitched a scoreless eighth. Shawn Tolleson started the ninth and was struck for two doubles, including a go-ahead, run-scoring double to right-center by Eddie Rosario that gave Minnesota a 4-3 lead.
Hitting: Texas responded in the second. Joey Gallo led off with a homer, his fourth, and Leonys Martin made it 2-2 with a solo homer in the same spot in right-center. Hanser Alberto led off the fifth with a double and scored on Prince Fielder’s groundout to give the Rangers a 3-2 lead.
Notable: Twins center fielder Byron Buxton made his major league debut Sunday. He struck out on a breaking ball in the dirt in his first at-bat in the second inning against Martinez. The Twins had four triples Sunday, the most since a game against the Yankees in 1964. They had three in the sixth inning but only managed one run. DeShields left the game after straining his left hamstring trying to run down a fly ball in the sixth.
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