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TEX@MIN: Rangers erupt for seven runs in the second

MINNEAPOLIS -- The rains came in the second inning and Twins pitcher Brian Duensing got the worst of it. Rangers pitcher C.J. Wilson had to deal with it as well and simply did a better job.

"The single worst conditions I've ever seen maintained during the game," Wilson said after pitching through the rain in the Rangers' 9-3 victory over the Twins on Friday night. "That second inning was unbelievable."

The second inning decided everything. The Rangers scored seven runs off Duensing and went on to snap their eight-game losing streak to the Twins, including seven in a row since Target Field opened last season.

The rain never completely abated until right at the end, but Wilson made it through seven innings to get the victory. He allowed three runs on eight hits and three walks while striking out just one, raising his record to 7-3 with a 3.09 ERA.

"When the team scored seven runs, I pretty much did a backflip," Wilson said, "That was pretty much game over, I was just trying to get the game in. The grounds crew did a good job. It didn't get worse, it just stayed bad throughout the game.

"If you look on paper, it was a terrible game for me. But I was fighting the elements, fighting myself. ... At least I didn't give up a home run. But I did hit a guy with a curveball. ... That's terrible."

Wilson said the deluge forced him to alter his style of pitching. Because the mound was so wet, he couldn't push off hard or land hard. He couldn't throw his sinker. He had to improvise as he went along.

"Anything that would work," Wilson said. "It was like the movie Die Hard. The guy gets shot in the leg, he's limping around and he still throws the bad guy down the elevator shaft. I was about to throw an eephus pitch."

That might have worked for Duensing. Nothing else did in the second inning. The Rangers parlayed five singles, a double, a walk and two errors by the Twins into a seven-run inning.

The Rangers ended up with 13 hits on the night. Michael Young went 3-for-5 after coming into the game in a 4-for-39 slump.

"Like I said before, I don't sit around wasting my time worrying about past at-bats," Young said. "I know if I'm grinding out my at-bats, the results will be there in the end. I made some good adjustments and I'll continue to do so."

Adrian Beltre led off the second with a walk and, after Nelson Cruz struck out, Mike Napoli lined a single to left-center. Beltre went to third on the play, and when center fielder Jason Repko momentarily bobbled the ball, third-base coach Dave Anderson waved him home for the first run of the game.

"I was flying," Beltre said. "I wasn't thinking about scoring but when I saw him bobble it, I was just waiting for Dave whether or not for me to go."

Napoli went to second on the play and scored on Yorvit Torrealba's single to left. Andres Blanco followed with a routine grounder to shortstop Alexi Casilla, who took a bad angle on the ball through the slop and let it get past him for an error. Torrealba went to third and then scored on a single by Elvis Andrus.

Blanco went to second on the play and Craig Gentry then singled to center. This time Repko fielded the ball quickly and made a strong throw to catcher Drew Butera at home plate. But Blanco narrowly beat the tag, igniting the wrath of Twins manager Ron Gardenhire and leaving the Rangers with a 4-0 lead.

The Rangers weren't done. Duensing struck out Josh Hamilton but Gentry stole second base, allowing Young to drive home two with a single to right. Beltre then doubled in Young with the final run of the inning.

"We did a little bit of everything," manager Ron Washington said. "We ran the bases and we took advantage of some things. We had good at-bats up and down the lineup. We didn't try to do too much, just put the ball in play."

When the third inning rolled around, Duensing was gone.

"Yeah ... this is real frustrating," Duensing said. "The baseball team, we're playing well now. To go out and basically not give us a chance right away is very frustrating. I don't know, I've got to find a way to get it done. I'm not getting it done right now, and I know that."

In the opposing clubhouse, Wilson had sympathy.

"That was rough," Wilson said. "I'm sure he's a good dude. I hope he has some good karma against the rest of the AL West. It was like the Twilight Zone. Guys were falling over trying to catch the ball. It was like the Bad News Bears on both sides.

"I don't know how the field didn't flood. The rain just kept coming down. They must have had a vacuum cleaner underneath it draining the field. But I'll take the win. The team will take the win." Comments