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Eight is enough for Rangers
Eight-run fourth fuels Texas
Gary Matthews Jr.'s grand slam highlighted an eight-run fourth inning in a victory that evened the series with Minnesota. Michael Young, Hank Blalock and Brad Wilkerson each knocked in a run in the inning and Adam Eaton shut out the Twins on four hits with four strikeouts in six innings.
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 Matthews' grand slam
 Young's solo homer
Rangers 9, Twins 0
Gary Matthews Jr. is congratulated after hitting a fourth-inning grand slam. (Ann Heisenfelt/AP)
Series at a glance:
Twins swap roles in Game 2
After a 15-2 win in the opener, the Twins were blown out by the Rangers in Game 2. Scott Baker gave up eight runs (seven earned) in 3 1/3 innings. Pat Neshek, Jesse Crain and Dennys Reyes combined to shut out the Rangers through 4 2/3 innings.
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TODAY'S WRAPS: August 01, 2006
TEX
Texas (53-54)
Won 1
Texas 9, Minnesota 0   MIN
Minnesota (61-44)
Lost 1
August 1, 2006
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
Texas
0 0 0 8 0 0 0 0 1   9 9 0
Minnesota
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0   0 5 1
Standings thru 8/1/06  |  Gameday  |  Rangers Stats  |  Twins Stats
TexasABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Matthews, CF4224110.321
  Hairston, CF0000000.203
Young, SS5111002.308
Lee, LF4110101.292
  1-Cruz, PR-RF0000000.333
Teixeira, 1B5011012.281
Blalock, 3B5111022.281
Kinsler, 2B4110020.296
Stairs, DH4110011.261
Barajas, C3100012.255
Wilkerson, RF-LF4111000.228
Totals389982810 


1-Ran for Lee in the 9th.

BATTING
2B: Lee (21, Baker), Matthews (34, Rincon).
HR: Matthews (11, 4th inning off Baker, 3 on, 1 out), Young (10, 4th inning off Baker, 0 on, 1 out).
TB: Matthews 6; Young 4; Lee 2; Teixeira; Blalock; Kinsler; Stairs; Wilkerson.
RBI: Blalock (67), Wilkerson (43), Matthews 4 (54), Young (70), Teixeira (64).
2-out RBI: Teixeira.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Barajas; Blalock.
Team LOB: 5.

FIELDING
DP: (Kinsler-Young-Teixeira).

 
MinnesotaABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Castillo, 2B3000122.275
Punto, 3B2000201.317
Mauer, C4010001.367
Cuddyer, RF4000001.264
Morneau, 1B3010100.321
Hunter, CF3010021.274
  a-Rodriguez, PH1000000.192
Kubel, DH4010012.272
Tyner, LF2000101.319
Bartlett, SS3010001.336
Totals290505510 

a-Lined out for Hunter in the 9th.

BATTING
3B: Mauer (3, Eaton).
TB: Mauer 3; Morneau; Hunter; Kubel; Bartlett.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Cuddyer; Kubel.
GIDP: Mauer.
Team LOB: 7.

BASERUNNING
CS: Castillo (6, 2nd base by Eaton/Barajas), Punto (5, 2nd base by Eaton/Barajas).

FIELDING
E: Punto (7, throw).

 
TexasIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Eaton (W, 1-1)6.04004402.79
Wilson 1.21001103.76
Feldman 1.10000005.01
 
MinnesotaIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Baker (L, 3-7)3.17871126.93
Neshek 2.20000401.38
Crain 1.00000004.21
Reyes 1.00000301.23
Rincon 1.02111002.22

WP: Reyes.
HBP: Barajas (by Baker).
Pitches-strikes: Eaton 108-63, Wilson 18-10, Feldman 16-10, Baker 72-49, Neshek 31-23, Crain 6-4, Reyes 16-10, Rincon 21-13.
Ground outs-fly outs: Eaton 4-8, Wilson 3-1, Feldman 1-3, Baker 7-2, Neshek 0-4, Crain 1-2, Reyes 1-0, Rincon 0-3.
Batters faced: Eaton 24, Wilson 6, Feldman 4, Baker 20, Neshek 8, Crain 3, Reyes 4, Rincon 6.
Umpires: HP: Jim Wolf. 1B: Joe West. 2B: Ed Rapuano. 3B: Tony Randazzo.
Weather: 70 degrees, dome.
Wind: Indoors.
T: 2:37.
Att: 25,969.

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