Rapid Reaction: Twins 4, Rangers 2
September, 1, 2013
By Todd Wills | ESPNDallas.com
ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Rangers played shaky defense and again didn't do much on offense as they lost a series to the lowly Minnesota Twins with a 4-2 loss on Sunday afternoon.
Profar mistake costly: The Rangers led 1-0 in the top of the fifth and were on the verge of the second out in the inning when shortstop Jurickson Profar, playing for the injured Elvis Andrus, failed to complete a routine double play. That opened up the inning for the Twins against Rangers starter Travis Blackley. Rookie catcher Josmil Pinto had a RBI double to tie the game at one. Doug Bernier followed with a bloop double down the right-field line to give the Twins a 2-1 lead. Alex Presley added to the Rangers' misery in the inning with an RBI single on a bloop over Profar's head into left field to make it 3-1.
Feliz dazzles in return: The best part of Sunday's game was the return of Neftali Feliz, who pitched in a major league game for the first time since May 18, 2012. Feliz, who is 13 months removed from Tommy John surgery, didn't allow a run in 1⅔ innings. He did get hit in the leg by a line drive back up the middle and stayed in the game.
Moreland homers: Mitch Moreland gave the Rangers a 1-0 lead in the third inning with his 21st home run of the season, a towering shot that carried over the left-field fence. It was Moreland's fourth home run in his past nine games.
Adduci debuts: Outfielder Jim Adduci collected his first major league hit on the first pitch he saw in the bottom of the second. The 28-year-old Adduci had a single to left field. He also drew a walk. Adduci had played in 889 minor league games before finally appearing in the big leagues on Sunday.
Rally folds: The Rangers' best threat came in the seventh inning when, with one out, Alex Rios had a single and Adduci walked. But Jeff Baker, given the chance to bat against a right-hander, bounced into a double play to end the inning. Baker has 10 hits in 49 at-bats against righties this season.
Pierzynski homers: A.J. Pierzynski came on as a pinch hitter in the eighth inning and belted a one-out home run to cut the Twins' lead to 4-2 and briefly provide a jolt to 36,549 fans suffering through a scorching hot day at Rangers Ballpark. But a rally fizzled after Leonys Martin ripped a single following Pierzynski's homer. Profar grounded out to first base and Ian Kinsler bounced out to shortstop. Profar and Kinsler combined to go 0-for-8 on the day.
Giving away runs: Kinsler made a brutal mistake in the top of the eighth. With a runner at second and two outs, Josh Willingham hit a bouncer back up the middle. Kinsler did a good job of getting to the ground ball but should have held the ball to keep Presley at third base. Instead, Kinsler made an errant throw to first that pulled Moreland off the bag and allowed Presley to score for a 4-1 lead.
Up next: The Rangers begin a key three-game series at Oakland on Monday. The pitching matchups are: Monday, left-hander Derek Holland (9-6, 3.00 ERA) versus right-hander Dan Straily (7-7, 4.41); Tuesday, left-hander Martin Perez (8-3, 3.58) versus right-hander Bartolo Colon (14-5, 2.94); and Wednesday, right-hander Yu Darvish (12-6, 2.73) versus right-hander Jarrod Parker (10-6, 3.59).