Rangers Win Again, Down Twins in Series Opener

Minnesota Twins' Brian Dozier, right, is tagged out by Texas Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor while trying to stretch a single into a double during the first inning of a baseball game Friday, June 22, 2018, in Minneapolis. Photo: AP Photo/Jim Mone
Minnesota Twins' Brian Dozier, right, is tagged out by Texas Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor while trying to stretch a single into a double during the first inning of a baseball game Friday, June 22, 2018, in Minneapolis.

June 22, 2018 10:44 PM

Mike Minor threw six solid innings, Shin-Soo Choo homered and the Texas Rangers beat the Minnesota Twins 8-1 on Friday night for their sixth consecutive victory.
    
Bouncing back from a rough May, Minor (5-4) has thrown three straight quality starts for the first time since throwing six straight in 2014 for Atlanta. He allowed one run and three hits, lowering his ERA for June to 2.84.
    
Choo's two-run shot off Fernando Romero (3-3) made it 4-0 in the fifth. It was his second homer on Texas' six-game road trip.
    
Minor faced the minimum number of batters through five innings despite a first-inning single by Brian Dozier to deep left. Dozier tried to stretch for second, but Joey Gallo had a good jump and easily threw him out to end the inning. Minor retired his next 12 batters before Max Kepler doubled to lead off the bottom of the sixth.
    
Texas opened the fourth with three straight singles off Romero, including a run-scoring hit up the middle by Adrian Beltre. Rougned Odor then drove in Nomar Mazara with a fielder's choice.
    
The Twins finally broke through in the sixth when Joe Mauer's one-out double scored Kepler, putting runners on second and third. But Minor retired Eddie Rosario and Dozier on popups, ending the threat.
    
Chris Martin got three outs before Jesse Chavez finished for his first save. Choo, Mazara and Beltre each drove in runs off Matt Belisle in the ninth.

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