Twins unable to hold off Rangers
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Miguel Sano's three-run home run in the fifth inning gave the Minnesota Twins the lead over the Texas Rangers on Friday night at Globe Life Park.The lead didn't last long.Nomar Mazara led off the top of the sixth with a double...
ARLINGTON, Texas - Miguel Sano’s three-run home run in the fifth inning gave the Minnesota Twins the lead over the Texas Rangers on Friday night at Globe Life Park.
The lead didn’t last long.
Nomar Mazara led off the top of the sixth with a double down the left-field line, Elvis Andrus followed with a run-scoring triple and No. 9 hitter Bobby Wilson lofted a sacrifice fly to right, bringing in Andrus for the go-ahead run in the Rangers’ 6-5 victory.
The rally made a winner of middle reliever Tony Barnette. Rangers ace Cole Hamels struggled for the second game in a row against the Twins and did not last past the fifth inning.
The Twins lost promising center fielder Byron Buxton to a knee injury in the first inning. The injury came on a triple by the Rangers’ Rougned Odor, who finished a home run shy of the cycle.
Sano’s three-run blast sailed just inside the left-field foul pole in the top of the fifth to give the Twins their first lead of the game at 5-4.
The home run wasn’t enough to chase Hamels, but three batters later he issued his third walk of the inning and was pulled.
Hamels matched his career high with six walks and again did not look sharp in his second start within a week against the Twins. Hamels, who entered with a 9-2 record, threw 33 pitches in the first inning and 56 in the first two.
Hamels exited after throwing 109 pitches (61 strikes) in just 4 1/3 innings. He lasted four innings in Sunday’s start at Minnesota.
Despite Hamels’ struggles, the Rangers led 4-2 after four innings thanks to a pair of two-run innings.
Odor had an RBI triple and scored on a single by Prince Fielder in the first inning.
The Twins answered with two runs in the top of the second on Kurt Suzuki’s double. Suzuki scored on a high bouncer back to Hamels by Eduardo Nunez, who was safe when Rangers first baseman Jurickson Profar charged the ball and failed to cover the bag.
The Rangers reclaimed the lead two innings later on singles by Shin-Soo Choo and Ian Desmond.
A moment of silence was held before the game to honor the five Dallas police officers who were killed in Thursday night’s downtown ambush. Rangers prospect Joey Gallo posted an Instagram picture of himself and OF Nomar Mazara with Patrick Zamarripa, one of the officers killed. The players met the officer, a devoted Rangers fan, a couple of months ago in downtown Dallas.
Twins 1B Joe Mauer was not in Friday’s lineup despite appearing in 81 of 85 previous games. Mauer is 0-for-12 in his career against Hamels.
Brewers 4, Cardinals 3
Jonathan Villar’s two-out RBI double in the ninth gave host Milwaukee a victory over St. Louis at Miller Park.
Trevor Rosenthal gave up a leadoff walk to Kirk Nieuwenhuis to open the ninth but exited with an injury after a sacrifice bunt by Hernan Perez,
Seung Hwan Oh took over retired pinch-hitter Andy Wilkins to bring up Villar, who ripped a 3-2 offering to left fielder Tommy Pham.
Pham’s throw home was just a shade behind Nieuwenhuis, and after a brief review, the Brewers celebrated the win.
Chris Carter hit two of Milwaukee’s three runs off Michael Wacha. Wacha scattered five hits, struck out eight, walked two in 6 2/3 innings but exited after taking a come-backer from Jonathan Villar off his right ankle.
Jimmy Nelson only allowed two runs despite giving up six hits and four walks with a pair of strikeouts over six innings.
Nelson was in for the line for the win but Will Smith allowed a game-tying home run by Yadier Molina.
Jeremy Jeffress (2-2) allowed two runners to reach in the ninth on an error by Villar and a single by Pham. Catcher Jonathan Lucroy also had a passed ball but Jeffress ended the ninth by retiring Jhonny Peralta.
Carter put Milwaukee on the board with a solo home run to lead off the second, his team-leading 21st of the season.
St. Louis answered in the third as Wacha drew a one-out walk and Greg Garcia, Aledmys Diaz and Matt Holliday followed with three straight singles to make it a 2-1 game.
Lucroy tied the game at two when he took Wacha deep with one out in the sixth and Carter followed with his second of the game.