American League Game Summary - Minnesota at Texas|
(Friday, July 6th)
Final Score: Minnesota 5, Texas 1
Arlington, TX (Sports Network) - Francisco Liriano pitched into the seventh
inning, Justin Morneau homered, and the Twins downed the Rangers, 5-1, in the
opener of a three-game series.
Liriano (3-7) allowed one run on five hits over 6 2/3 frames. He walked six,
struck out six, and picked up his first road win of the season.
"I've been hitting my spots better, throwing more strikes, and being more
consistent," said Liriano.
Morneau hit a solo shot and a run-scoring single and Joe Mauer added a pair of
RBI for the Twins, who halted a two-game skid. They have won six of their
last eight overall.
Martin Perez (1-1) made his second career start and gave up four runs -- two
earned -- on six hits over six innings.
Nelson Cruz drove in the lone run for Texas, which has dropped a season-high
five straight games.
Mauer triggered a three-run third by driving home Ben Revere and scoring later
in the frame on an error by first baseman Mike Napoli. Morneau, who hit a solo
blast in the seventh, capped the early burst with a single to right, which
plated Josh Willingham.
It was 4-0 in the fourth courtesy of Mauer's sacrifice fly and Texas scored
its lone run in the sixth when Adrian Beltre slapped a leadoff single, moved
up on a passed ball and scored on Cruz's base hit to left.
The Rangers have been outscored 34-9 during their current losing streak.
"I'm disappointed but no one is more disappointed than those guys in that club
house," said Rangers manager Ron Washington. "No one in this room right here,
in the stands, and nowhere in Texas want to win more than those guys. We hit a
funk. We're gonna have to keep grinding and fight our way through it."
Liriano improved to 1-5 on the road this season. He is 4-1 with a save in
eight career games -- six starts -- against Texas...Perez won his first major
league start on Saturday versus the Athletics.
07/07 02:08:37 ET