Texas- Jordan Luplow and Puerto Rican Christian Vazquez hit home runs that ended their long lethargy, to give the Minnesota Twins a lead in the seventh inning, leaders of the American League Central Division, who beat the Rangers 5-1 on Friday. Texas.
Twins right-hander Joe Ryan (10-8) struck out seven batters and allowed only one run and three hits in six innings.
Max Scherzer also fanned seven, allowing just one hit in six scoreless innings before the Texas pitching staff gave up a 1-0 lead.
The Rangers (75-59) have lost 11 of 14 games. They returned home with a 3-6 record on the road, losing the lead in the Western Division in the AL. They entered Friday just one game behind the Seattle Mariners and Houston Astros.
Brock Burke (5-3) relieved to start the seventh inning, and later gave up Luplow’s home run with Puerto Rican Carlos Correa on board to end 16 hitless innings. Then, Vazquez dispatched the ball alone to end with 18 blank shifts.
For the Twins, Dominican Jorge Polanco went 1 for 4 with two RBIs and one scored; Puerto Ricans Christian Vazquez 4-1 with one RBI and one scored, and Carlos Correa 4-1 with one run scored.