Carlos Gomez dives back into first on a pickoff attempt in the second frame. (AP)
By Kelly Thesier / MLB.com
Staked to an early lead, Twins starter Scott Baker ran away and hid. The young righty stifled the Rangers, limiting them to one run on six hits over eight innings, while striking out eight. Michael Cuddyer hit his 15th homer in the fifth, an insurance run Minnesota didn't need.
BATTING 2B: Cuddyer (20, Feldman), Punto (5, Feldman). HR: Cuddyer (15, 5th inning off Feldman, 0 on, 0 out). TB: Cuddyer 6; Punto 2; Gomez, C 2; Morneau 2; Casilla, A. RBI: Cuddyer 2 (49), Gomez, C (21), Morneau (71). 2-out RBI: Gomez, C; Morneau. Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Span; Gomez, C; Cuddyer 2; Casilla, A 2. Team RISP: 3-for-11. Team
BASERUNNING SB: Kubel (1, 2nd base off Jennings/Saltalamacchia), Casilla, A (3, 2nd base off Jennings/Saltalamacchia), Gomez, C
(8, 2nd base off Grilli/Saltalamacchia). CS: Gomez, C (5, 2nd base by Feldman/Saltalamacchia).
BATTING 2B: Cruz, N (15, Baker, S). HR: Cruz, N (23, 4th inning off Baker, S, 0 on, 2 out). TB: Kinsler; Andrus; Cruz, N 7; Young, M; Byrd. RBI: Cruz, N (54). 2-out RBI: Cruz, N. Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Byrd; Saltalamacchia 2; Hamilton. Team RISP: 0-for-7. Team
BASERUNNING SB: Andrus (17, 2nd base off Baker, S/Mauer). CS: Andrus (2, 2nd base by Baker, S/Mauer).