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Minnesota 10, Texas 2
Posted: Saturday May 27, 2000 01:29 AM
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MINNEAPOLIS (Ticker) -- Rookie Jay Canizaro tied a career high with four RBI and Eric Milton allowed just one earned run over seven innings as the Minnesota Twins snapped a four-game losing streak with a 10-2 rout of the Texas Rangers.

Canizaro, who was signed by the Twins on April 4 and recalled from Triple-A one month later, had a two-run double that tied the game, 2-2, in the second and added RBI groundouts in the fourth and seventh innings.

"We definitely came out and put together some better at-bats," Canizaro said. "It was a good day for all of us. That's how you win ballgames against clubs like these. When you get a chance to run it up, you do."

It is the third time that the 26-year-old Texas native has collected four RBI in one game. He last accomplished the feat with the San Francisco Giants against the Colorado Rockies on October 1.

Milton (4-1) earned his first career victory against the Rangers by yielding just two runs and two hits, striking out six with three walks. He has won two straight outings after a four-start winless skid.

"The team picked me up tonight," Milton said. "I gave up a couple of runs and I came back and tried to shut them down. The first two innings tonight I was rushing. In the third inning I tried to be smooth and find my balance point."

Milton allowed just one hit after the second inning, retiring 16 of the final 17 batters he faced. The only hit during that span was a double by Chad Curtis in the sixth.

"Milton gave us some good innings," Twins manager Tom Kelly said. "He got his pitch count down after two innings and made a nice recovery over the next five. He did a super job."

LaTroy Hawkins tossed a pair of scoreless innings to seal the victory for the Twins, who improved to 3-1 against the Rangers this season.

Minnesota pounded out 16 hits against four Texas pitchers.

"We had a real nice ballgame," Kelly added. "We got behind 2-0, then got three back in the bottom of the inning and added on later. I thought everybody in our lineup contributed nicely. We had a lot of good things happen."

The highlight of the night for the Rangers came in the second. Scarborough Green doubled home David Lamb with the game's first run and went to third on an error by catcher Matt LeCroy.

Green then pulled off one of the rarest plays in baseball, a straight steal of home that gave the Rangers a 2-0 advantage. It was the 21st steal of home in Texas history and the first since Tom Goodwon did it against Oakland on September 24, 1997.

"I'm not really sure what happened," Milton said. "I'd have to look at the replay. I was just trying not to rush and to keep the ball down. I tried to forget about that and just shut them down."

The lead was short-lived however as Darren Oliver (1-3) let it slip away in the bottom half.

Butch Huskey drew a leadoff walk and two outs later Jason Maxwell singled. Canizaro followed with his game-tying double and Denny Hocking gave the Twins the lead for good with a single to center.

Huskey hit his third homer of the season one inning later and Hocking's RBI single with two outs in the seventh capped the scoring.

Oliver was denied a second straight victory as he was reached for five runs and seven hits over four innings. Reliever Dan Kolb got bombed, allowing five runs and five hits while retiring just two batters.

"They swung the bats well tonight," Oliver said. "It was one of those nights that just happens. I just needed to get the pitches down in the zone. I couldn't do it tonight."

Kolb's ERA is a robust 67.50.

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