Ranger’s Bats Light Up Twins’ Bullpen

After giving up 2 runs, and with the game tied 2-2 in the 3rd inning, Scott Diamond got tossed for throwing at Josh Hamilton.

It all started with Roy Oswalt hitting Joe Mauer with a 3-0 count and first base open, in the top of the 3rd.

That resulted in a retaliation throw at Hamilton in the bottom of the 3rd which got both Diamond and Twins’ manager Ron Gardenhire ejected.  The kicker was that it went right behind Hamilton’s head, and that’s going to get you thrown out pretty much every time.

The rest of the game was just as entertaining.  It was 2-2 until the the 5th, when the Rangers scored 2 on a sacrifice fly from Josh Hamilton and a solo homerun from Adrian Beltre.  He has 4 homeruns in his last 2 games, by the way.

But, the Twins immediately tied it back up with 2 of their own in the top of the 6th.  Michael Kirkman came in to relieve Roy Oswalt, who was pitching a spot start in place of Yu Darvish who is out with a tight quad.  He gave up an RBI groundout to Pedro Florimon and then Denard Span drove in Trevor Plouffe with an RBI single.

But, the offense wasn’t done. The Rangers put up 6 in the 8th thanks to a double from Beltre, an error by Twins’ 3rd baseman Plouffe, an RBI double from Mitch Moreland, an error from Twins’ shortstop Florimon that resulted in a run, a bases loaded walk from Ian Kinsler, an RBI single from Elvis Andrus, and an RBI single from Josh Hamilton.  Hamilton finished the game with 5 RBIs, 2 of them on this double in the bottom of the 1st.

The Twins scored two more, in the 9th, on a throwing error from Elvis Andrus.  But, Joe Nathan got Ben Revere to fly out to left to end it.

The Rangers improved to 73-51, 22 games over .500 for the first time this season.  They now lead the A’s by 6 games and the Angels by 8.5, in the AL West.


Notes: Michael Young left the game in the bottom of the 5th inning because his wife, Cristina, went into labor.  She gave birth to a boy, their third child.

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