Tommy Hunter allowed three hits after his rough first inning. (Andy King/AP)
By T.R. Sullivan / MLB.com
Tommy Hunter allowed three runs in the first inning, including one scoring on the first of two comebackers that battered the pitcher, but he settled down nicely after that. The Rangers couldn't recover, however, despite putting a big scare into Twins closer Joe Nathan.
a-Walked for Teagarden in the 9th. 1-Ran for Blalock in the 9th.
BATTING 2B: Rodriguez, I (18, Nathan), Murphy, Dv (17, Nathan). TB: Davis, C; Kinsler; Andrus; Cruz, N; Young, M; Rodriguez, I 2; Murphy, Dv 2. RBI: Hamilton (44), Murphy, Dv (38). 2-out RBI: Murphy, Dv. Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Cruz, N; Young, M; Davis, C. Team RISP: 1-for-7. Team
BASERUNNING SB: Kinsler 2 (26, 2nd base off Duensing/Mauer, 2nd base off Guerrier/Mauer). CS: Andrus (3, 2nd base by Guerrier/Mauer).