8:05 PM ET, May 21, 2007
Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Arlington, Texas
• Summary: The Rangers put 14 runs on the board for the second straight game, this time crushing the Twins 14-4.
• Encore: Texas last scored 14-plus runs in back-to-back games in '02. The Rangers also did it in '91 and '87.
• Hero: Gerald Laird hit his first career grand slam in the Rangers' eight-run fifth inning.
• Fantasy stat: Sammy Sosa went 2-for-4 while driving in three. Sosa has eight RBIs in his last five games.
• Figure this: Of Texas' 15 hits, eight were for extra bases.
• Elias Says: The Twins started the season 11-6, at which point they had a 1½-game lead in the AL Central. But since then, including their loss to the Rangers on Monday, the Twins are 9-18, tying them with the Reds for the worst record in the major leagues since April 22.
-- ESPN.com news services
Rangers 14, Twins 4
Texas scored 14 or more runs in consecutive games for the fourth time in club history. The last time was on July 31-Aug. 31, 2002, against the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox. ... The start of the game was delayed for 28 minutes due to rain. ... Sosa remains three home runs short of 600 for his career. ... The Twins have lost nine of their last 12. ... Texas has two grand slams this season. ... The Rangers have won three of their last four. ... Silva has lost his last four starts. ... The Rangers sent infielder Travis Metcalf back to Double-A Frisco.
Regular Season Series
|Minnesota leads 7-2 (as of Mon 5/21)|
|» Mon 5/21||@TEX 14, MIN 4||Box Score|
|Tue 5/22||MIN 7, @TEX 1||Recap|
|Wed 5/23||MIN 5, @TEX 3||Recap|
|Fri 8/17||@MIN 2, TEX 1||Recap|
|Sat 8/18||TEX 5, @MIN 0||Recap|
|Sun 8/19||@MIN 1, TEX 0||Recap|
|Mon 9/17||@MIN 5, TEX 4||Recap|
|Tue 9/18||@MIN 4, TEX 2||Recap|
|Wed 9/19||@MIN 4, TEX 2||Recap|
|Complete Schedule: Twins | Rangers|
|1st||T Hunter singled to center, L Castillo scored, N Punto to second.||1||0|
|1st||S Sosa doubled to deep left, M Teixeira scored, S Sosa to third advancing on throw.||1||1|
|2nd||F Catalanotto homered to right.||1||2|
|3rd||J Morneau singled to right, M Cuddyer scored.||2||2|
|3rd||M Teixeira grounded into double play, second to shortstop to first, K Lofton scored, M Young out at second.||2||3|
|4th||G Laird doubled to deep right, N Cruz scored.||2||4|
|5th||S Sosa doubled to deep right, K Lofton and M Teixeira scored, S Sosa to third advancing on throw.||2||6|
|5th||G Laird homered to left center, S Sosa, F Catalanotto and I Kinsler scored.||2||10|
|5th||M Young reached on infield single to shortstop, R Vazquez scored, K Lofton to third, M Young to second on throwing error by shortstop N Punto.||2||11|
|5th||M Teixeira reached on infield single to second, K Lofton scored, M Young tagged out at third.||2||12|
|6th||N Cruz homered to center.||2||13|
|6th||R Vazquez hit sacrifice fly to center, F Catalanotto scored, I Kinsler to third.||2||14|
|7th||L Ford scored, L Rodriguez to second on wild pitch by W Eyre, L Rodriguez safe at third on throwing error by catcher G Laird.||3||14|
|7th||N Punto grounded out to third, L Rodriguez scored.||4||14|
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|Stadium||Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Arlington, TX|
|Attendance||24,814 (51.5% full) - % is based on regular season capacity|
|Weather||75 degrees, overcast|
|Umpires||Home Plate - Ed Montague, First Base - Bill Miller, Second Base - Marvin Hudson, Third Base - Jerry Layne|