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Twins rally, capitalize on error to defeat Rangers

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The Minnesota Twins came back from a five-run
deficit for the second straight day. This time they won.

Minnesota took advantage of a throwing error by pitcher Doug
Brocail on a bunt to score two runs in the sixth inning, beating
the Rangers 8-6 Wednesday.

Mike Redmond and Luis Rodriguez drove in two runs each for the
Twins, who trailed 5-0 in the second inning for the second game in
a row. On Tuesday, they took a one-run lead into the ninth before
losing to the Rangers 10-7.

Brad Radke became the second straight Twins starter to last just
two innings, following Kyle Lohse. Radke allowed five runs and
eight hits.

Joe Mays, J.C. Romero, Juan Rincon and Joe Nathan combined for
seven innings of one-run, five-hit relief. Mays pitched 3 2-3
scoreless innings, his longest stint since he was removed from the
starting rotation late last month.

Romero (4-3) got three outs, and Nathan pitched the ninth for
his 36th save in 41 chances. Nathan allowed Hank Blalock's two-out
single and Alfonso Soriano's double before striking out Kevin
Mench.

Minnesota, which avoided getting swept in the three-game series,
began the day 5½ games back in the AL wild-card race.

Rangers starter Chris Young left after one inning complaining of
arm fatigue. Joaquin Benoit threw two scoreless innings before
Brocail (5-3) gave up eight runs -- six earned -- and six hits in
two-plus innings.

Minnesota's comeback began in the fourth against Brocail when
Redmond hit a two-run double, Rodriguez had a sacrifice fly and
Shannon Stewart hit an RBI grounder.

After Jacque Jones singled leading off the sixth, Brocail
couldn't pick up Juan Castro's bunt down the first-base line, a
play scored a single.

Redmond followed with a bunt down the third-base line and
Brocail fielded it cleanly, but his off-balance throw sailed over
Soriano at first base and bounced into the Texas bullpen. Both
runners scored, giving the Twins a 6-5 lead.

Rodriguez chased Brocail with a run-scoring single, and Lew Ford
added an RBI single off Scott Feldman to make it 8-5.

Gerald Laird hit an RBI single in the eighth after Jones lost
Gary Matthews Jr.'s fly to right, and the ball fell for a double.

Texas took a 5-0 lead in the second on Adrian Gonzalez's two-run
homer, RBI singles by Laird and Mark Teixeira, and Blalock's
sacrifice fly.

Game notes
Radke's start was his shortest since April 21 last year,
when he pitched two innings against Detroit. ... Ford's single
extended his hitting streak to 10 games.