TEXAS 4, MINNESOTA 2 IN TEXAS
Date: Sunday, September 15.
Batting stars: Randy Bush was 2-for-4. Gene Larkin was 1-for-2 with a double and two walks. Brian Harper was 1-for-2 with a walk.
Pitching star: Mark Guthrie pitched a scoreless inning, giving up one hit.
Opposition stars: Jose Guzman pitched six innings, giving up two runs on four hits and five walks and striking out five. Ruben Sierra was 2-for-3 with a double, a walk, and two RBIs. Ivan Rodriguez was 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs.
The game: The Twins jumped to an early lead. Larkin led off the game with a double, Chuck Knoblauch walked, and Shane Mack reached on a fielder's choice, loading the bases with none out. The Twins did not totally cash that in, but a ground out and a sacrifice fly each plated a run to make it 2-0 Twins.
That was as good as it would get. In the second, Monty Fariss had a one-out single, Mario Diaz walked, a wild pitch moved the runners up, and Rodriguez delivered a two-run double to tie the score. The Twins put two on in the third and the fourth, but could not score. The Rangers went ahead in the fifth when Brian Downing singled and scored from first on a Sierra double.
The Twins had men on second and third with one out in the sixth, but a pair of strikeouts ended the threat. Texas added an insurance run in the seventh when Rodriguez led off with a single, was bunted to second, and scored on a Sierra single. The Twins would again put two in the ninth, but a fly out ended the game.
WP: Guzman (12-5). LP: Allan Anderson (5-9). S: Jeff Russell (28).
Notes: Pedro Munoz was in left in place of Dan Gladden. Larkin was in right field, with Mack moving to center and Kirby Puckett on the bench. Larkin batted first. Randy Bush was at DH in place of Chili Davis. Al Newman was at third in place of Mike Pagliarulo and Scott Leius.
Again there were a lot of bench moves. Jarvis Brown pinch-ran for Larkin in the seventh. He stayed in the game in left field, with Munoz moving to right. Paul Sorrento pinch-hit for Munoz in the eighth. Gladden replaced him and went to left field, with Brown going to right. Lenny Webster pinch-hit for Greg Gagne in the ninth. Davis pinch-hit for Chuck Knoblauch in the ninth.
Harper raised his average to .312. Mack was 0-for-5 and fell to .312. Webster was 0-for-1 and was batting .381. Terry Leach pitched a third of an inning and did not give up a run, dropping his ERA to 3.05.
Sorrento was 0-for-1 and was batting .174.
The Twins stranded ten runners and were 0-for-10 with men in scoring position.
The Twins had scored 13 runs in their last five games. Four of them came in one extra inning.
The White Sox beat California 9-2, so they gained a game on the Twins.
Record: The Twins were 86-58, in first place in the American League West, 7.5 games ahead of Chicago.
Boston won and Toronto lost, so the Blue Jays' lead in the East fell to 3.5 games.