Twins avoid sweep against Rangers
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Designated hitter Kendrys Morales drove in the game-winning run with a double in the ninth for the Minnesota Twins, who snapped a five-game losing streak with a 3-2 victory over the Texas Rangers on Sunday afternoon.
Left-handed pitcher Glen Perkins struck out the side in the ninth to earn his 20th save and make a winner out of right-hander Kyle Gibson (7-6), who held Texas to two runs on eight hits over eight innings.
Gibson, who struck out three and walked no one, finished the month of June with a 3-2 record and 3.16 ERA, which included giving up seven runs in two innings in his last start against the Los Angeles Angels. Before that loss, Gibson hadn't allowed a run in 22 consecutive innings.
Minnesota 20-year-old shortstop Jorge Polanco, making his first major league start, had a double and RBI, and first baseman Joe Mauer extended his hitting streak to 10 games with a run-scoring single in the Twins' two-run third.
Right-handed reliever Joakim Soria (1-3) took the loss for Texas (37-44). The game marked the first time since 2011 that Soria has allowed earned runs in consecutive outings.
Third baseman Adrian Beltre had a run-scoring hit in Texas' half of the first and catcher Robinson Chirinos, who was 3-for-3, tied the game with a solo home run in the fifth.
The Twins (37-43) avoided being swept for the fifth time this season.
Texas right-handed pitcher Colby Lewis earned a no-decision, giving up two runs on five hits over six innings. The game marked his first quality start of the season.
Lewis began the season with 13 consecutive non-quality starts, tying a major-league record originally set by Seattle's Steve Trout in 1988.
The Rangers put runners at the corners with one out in the seventh, but Gibson worked around the jam by inducing a groundout double play from left fielder Michael Choice, 6-4-3.
The Twins took a lead in the third, starting with a leadoff double from third baseman Eduardo Escobar and another with one out from Polanco. Polanco came one on first baseman Joe Mauer's run-scoring single.