The Texas Rangers returned to their winning ways Thursday night with a 4-1 victory over the Minnesota Twins at the Ballpark in Arlington.
After losing 2 straight to the Twins, Texas turned things around with a strong showing by pitcher Matt Harrison. Harrison went 7 1/3 innings, giving up 8 hits but only 1 run. He is now 9-7 on the year. Ranger manager Ron Washington was proud of the effort by Harrison, “He’s staying out of deep counts, getting a lot of ground balls, and had some quick innings early. He executed pitches when things got a little hairy there.”
Reliever Neftali Feliz bounced back from blowing a lead on Tuesday to close out the game for his 21st save of the season.
Josh Hamilton led the offense, going 3-for-4, including a double and a triple. Michael Young was 2-for-3 and Mitch Moreland went 2-for-4 as the middle of the lineup carried the weight for Texas.
The Rangers are clinging to a 2-game lead over the Angels in the AL West. Texas opens a series in Toronto tonight.