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Rangers clinch in a pinch
Twins leave Texas quietly
Jesse Crain ran in to trouble in the ninth, giving up a walk-off infield hit in the finale at Ameriquest Field. Johan Santana held the Rangers to one run through seven innings and Joe Mauer hit an RBI single to tie it in the eighth.
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Rangers 2, Twins 1
Hank Blalock (center) celebrates his game-winning hit in the ninth inning. (Linda Kaye/AP)
Series at a glance:
Blalock hits walk-off squib
Hank Blalock's pinch-hit infield single with the bases loaded knocked in the series-winning run. Chris Young shut out the Twins through seven, earning a no-decision, and Michael Young drove in Texas' first run of the game.
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TODAY'S WRAPS: August 28, 2005
Minnesota (68-62)
Lost 1
Texas 2, Minnesota 1   TEX
Texas (61-68)
Won 1
August 28, 2005
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0   1 5 1
0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1   2 6 0
Standings through 8/28/05  |  Gameday  |  Twins Stats  |  Rangers Stats
Ryan, LF3010011.239
a-Abernathy, PH-LF0000000.245
Punto, 2B3000111.241
Mauer, C4011002.298
Morneau, 1B3000121.240
LeCroy, DH4000013.262
Jones, J, RF4000003.255
Ford, CF3020100.260
Cuddyer, 3B4000013.253
Bartlett, SS3110011.260

a-Hit a sacrifice bunt for Ryan in the 8th.

2B: Ford (24, Young, C).
TB: Ryan; Mauer; Ford 3; Bartlett.
RBI: Mauer (50).
2-out RBI: Mauer.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Jones, J 2; Ryan.
S: Abernathy.
Team LOB: 7.

SB: Mauer (11, 2nd base off Young, C/Barajas).

E: Mauer (4, catcher interference).
DP: (Crain-Bartlett-Morneau).

Matthews, CF3010100.264
Young, M, SS4011011.324
Teixeira, 1B3000102.283
Soriano, 2B4000011.281
Mench, LF4010000.280
Nevin, DH3110100.247
DeRosa, RF3000012.226
a-Dellucci, PH0000100.259
Barajas, C2110100.256
McDougall, 3B3000034.154
b-Blalock, PH1011000.277

a-Walked for DeRosa in the 9th. b-Singled for McDougall in the 9th.

2B: Mench (32, Santana).
TB: Matthews; Young, M; Mench 2; Nevin; Barajas; Blalock.
RBI: Young, M (72), Blalock (77).
2-out RBI: Young, M.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: McDougall 2; Teixeira.
GIDP: Young, M.
Team LOB: 9.

Santana 7.03113603.15
Crain (L, 9-4)1.13102002.54
Young, C 7.03002604.31
Ramirez (BS, 1)1.02110005.79
Brocail (W, 5-2)1.00001104.87

Pitches-strikes: Santana 102-68, Crain 22-11, Young, C 109-71, Ramirez 12-9, Brocail 23-15.
Ground outs-fly outs: Santana 7-8, Crain 3-1, Young, C 4-11, Ramirez 2-1, Brocail 1-1.
Batters faced: Santana 27, Crain 9, Young, C 26, Ramirez 5, Brocail 4.
Umpires: HP: John Hirschbeck. 1B: Wally Bell. 2B: --NO UMP--. 3B: Lance Barksdale.
Weather: 91 degrees, sunny.
Wind: 4 mph, Out to CF.
T: 2:32.
Att: 20,882.

Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball Office of the Commissioner
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