Twins fall to Rangers again
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Vladimir Guerrero and Josh Hamilton homered in support of C.J. Wilson, who won his sixth consecutive decision for the Texas Rangers, in a 4-3 victory over the Minnesota Twins in a matchup of division leaders Wednesday night.
Guerrero had three hits, including the tiebreaking homer leading off the sixth against Brian Duensing (7-2) that came after Wilson had already thrown his last pitch.
Wilson (13-5) gave up three runs with six strikeouts and two walks while throwing 103 pitches over six innings. The left-hander is 6-0 with a 2.29 ERA in eight starts since the All-Star break.
While Wilson has been starting for the Rangers all season, Duensing is also a left-handed reliever turned starter. Duensing had been 4-0 in his first six starts since moving into Minnesota's rotation July 23.
Texas has won four in a row, including the first three in the four-game set against Minnesota, and maintained an 8½-game lead over Oakland in the AL West. The Twins stayed 3½ games up in the AL Central after the Chicago White Sox lost to Baltimore.
Guerrero also had an RBI single, marking only the second time in 21 games that he had multiple RBIs. The other multi-RBI game in that span was Sunday when he had a three-run shot, his only other homer in August. Guerrero has 23 homers, but only three the last 38 games.
Hamilton's 30th homer, and fourth in five games, was a two-run shot in the first.
It is the second 30-homer season for Hamilton, who leads the majors with a .356 batting average. He is 10 for 25 the past six games after a 1-for-16 slide the five games before that.
Duensing struck out five and walked one in six innings, the first time he lost when pitching that long. He was 7-0 his previous nine games in his career when he pitched at least six innings.
Matt Harrison, the fifth Texas reliever, got the final two outs for his second save. Closer Neftali Feliz was unavailable after pitching the previous three games.
Minnesota got an unearned run in the second on Danny Valencia's RBI groundout. Jason Kubel scored after being credited with a double, though he wound up at third after the ball he hit ricocheted off the wall and was then bobbled and kicked by right fielder Mitch Moreland for an error.
Guerrero's single in the third made it 3-1.
The Twins got even at 3-all in the fifth on Denard Span's run-scoring double and an RBI groundout by Joe Mauer, who tied the game even though he went 0-for-3 against Wilson and is 1-for-17 in his career against the Rangers left-hander.
Valencia had three hits for the Twins, including a leadoff single in the fifth before scoring. Span was in an 0-for-13 slide before starting the game with a single.
Jim Thome was scratched from the starting lineup because of soreness in his right thigh from getting hit by a fastball in the upper 90s as a pinch-hitter Tuesday night. He came on as a pinch-hitter in the eighth and struck out swinging at a 98-mph fastball by Alexi Ogando to end the inning.
NOTES: Rangers SS Elvis Andrus was 0-for-4, ending his 14-game hitting streak that was the longest active in the majors. ... The game-time temper-ature was a pleasant 78 degrees. It was 100 degrees for the first pitch two nights earlier. ... Kubel had a broken-bat single in the sixth, but initially stood at home plate looking around and holding the handle of the bat before realizing the ball was dropping in short right field.
Twins claim lefty Flores off waivers
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- The Minnesota Twins have claimed Randy Flores off waivers from the Colorado Rockies, and the much-needed lefty will join the bullpen for the AL Central leaders Thursday.
The Twins made the move Wednesday. They also moved left-hander Ron Mahay from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day DL to make room for Flores on the 40-man roster. Mahay injured his right shoulder last weekend when he stumbled off the mound to field a grounder.
Mahay's injury left the Twins with just one healthy lefty in the bullpen in middle man Glen Perkins.
Flores was flying to Texas and will be available tonight for the series finale against the Rangers.
Flores is 2-0 with a 2.96 ERA in 271/3 innings for the Rockies this season.