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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.