MINNEAPOLIS(AP) Perched on third base, pinch-runner
got his order: Go on any grounder.
The speedy Gomez streaked home ahead of Texas first baseman
's high throw in the eighth inning, and the
took advantage of two late mistakes to beat the Rangers 5-3 Sunday.
then made a throwing error in the ninth that loaded the bases with no outs, but he escaped without allowing a run.
Trailing 3-2 in the eighth, the Twins used a walk, three singles, a squeeze bunt and an error to go ahead.
''We kind of knick-knacked them a little bit,'' Twins manager
said. ''A lot of good things happened.''
' RBI single off C.J. Wilson (4-6) tied the game and when
mishandled the ball in left field, it put runners on second and third.
Gomez, running for
, was set to go on contact with
at the plate. Redmond grounded to Blalock, and Gomez scored for a 4-3 lead.
''I was going to make contact no matter what, Redmond said. ''I was just trying to get it on the ground and Go-Go had a great
jump. ... I think we put some pressure on them at the end of the game and it worked out for us.''
followed with a good bunt down the first-base line and Harris beat the flip to the plate by Wilson.
''It's been tough trying to get rallies against them,'' Harris said. ''We had to do whatever we could.''
It was also an eighth inning that left Wilson without answers.
''Give up five or six ground balls and a lot of them turn into hits, there's nothing you can say,'' Wilson said. ''Those guys
are a speed-oriented team. It was like someone sacrificed a chicken for those hits. I made good pitches.''
The rally allowed reliever
(1-0) to pick up the victory in his first appearance for the Twins after being acquired from Arizona on Friday.
In the ninth, Texas loaded the bases on a walk, single and a throwing error by Nathan. But Nathan struck out
on a fly ball and retired
on a grounder for his 34th save.
The victory allowed the Twins to remain 4 1/2 games back of Detroit in the AL Central. Texas fell 3 1/2 games behind Boston
in the AL wild-card race.
''It hurts,'' Texas manager
said. ''But we'll bounce back.''
Cruz hit a two-run homer in the seventh off
for a 3-2 lead.
gave up two runs and six hits in six innings and was in position for his first win against Minnesota in 12 career appearances
before the Twins rallied.
''If we could have won today, it seemed like it would have made it a pretty decent road trip playing three teams that play
really well at home,'' Millwood said. ''To win the last two series would have been big for us, I think. We just didn't pull
it off. We have another month to go. We're definitely not out of it. We're not done. We just have to keep playing hard.''
Baker, who is 10-1 since June 1, gave up three runs and six hits in seven innings.
The comeback allowed the Twins to win a series despite scoring only eight runs in the three games against the Rangers.
''It's really big winning two of three and four of seven (this month) against a good
team,'' said Gardenhire, whose team opens a key series against the
Chicago White Sox
on Monday night.
NOTES: Washington said he is expecting pitcher
to start one of Texas' doubleheader games Tuesday against Toronto. McCarthy hasn't pitched since June 4 because of a stress
fracture in his right shoulder blade. Over the first two months of the season, he started 11 games for the Rangers, going
5-2 with a 4.92 ERA. ... Young extended his hitting streak to 17 games with a third-inning single.