Final

Series: Game 3 of 3

Texas won 2-1

Game 1: Monday, September 5
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Minnesota0
Game 2: Tuesday, September 6
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Minnesota7
Game 3: Wednesday, September 7
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Minnesota8

Rangers 6

(69-71, 31-41 away)

Twins 8

(73-66, 39-32 home)

    1:10 PM ET, September 7, 2005

    Mall of America Field, Minneapolis, Minnesota 

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    W: J. Romero (4-3)

    L: D. Brocail (5-3)

    S: J. Nathan (36)

    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.

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