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Rangers pummel Twins to take series in Texas

Giminez breaks Twins pitcher home run drought

September 03, 2018 - 5:46 am
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   ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Yohander Mendez earned his first major league win and Nomar Mazara hit two of the Texas Rangers' six homers in an 18-4 rout of the Twins.

   The Twins sent nine pitchers to the mound, including back-up catcher Chris Giminez, who homered in the ninth inning.

   Giminez became the first Twins pitcher to hit a home run since Jim Kaat in 1972. That was a year before the American League adopted the designated hitter rule.

   Sunday was the first time the Twins used what's called an "opener," designating reliever Gabriel Moya to pitch the first inning and filling in the blanks after that.

    "It's one game," Twins manager Paul Molitor told mlb.com. "You're hoping to get a chance to get through the first inning unscathed and we didn't. As far as moving forward, there are going to be more people to get opportunities in those situations. We just have to keep trying       to find the right guy to get the game started and on a good note."

   Mendez (1-1) allowed three hits and one walk while striking out two in six scoreless innings. He was making his second major league start in a season when he was a combined 2-10 with the Rangers' top three farm teams.

   The 23-year-old Moya, 11 days older than Venezuelan countryman Mendez, made his first major league start after compiling a 3-0 record in 24 relief outings for Minnesota

   Moya made it through one inning, allowing a two-run homer by Elvis Andrus.

   Robinson Chirinos homered against Zack Littell to ignite the big sixth inning. Shin-Soo Choo followed with a run-scoring double, Minnesota first baseman Chris Gimenez committed a two-run error and Mazara and Jurickson Profar homered.

   Profar's homer came with Adrian Beltre on first after he was the third Ranger hit by a pitch, which led plate umpire Alan Porter to eject Matt Belisle.

   "We had no intent to hit Beltre and it certainly wasn't on our radar because of the way the game was going or anything that had happened in the past," Molitor said.

   Porter also ejected Minnesota pitcher Addison Reed for an argument after the eighth.

   The nine runs were the most scored in an inning by Texas since a 10-run third against the Yankees in 2015.

   Jake Cave hit his third homer in three games into the right-field seats in the eighth inning against Eddie Butler, who finished the game for his second save.

   Gimenez moved from first to the mound in the ninth and allowed five runs, including homers by Mazara and Drew Robinson. Gimenez himself hit a two-run homer in the ninth.

   Twins outfielder Eddie Rosario missed the entire series with the Rangers with a sore right quadriceps, and there's no timetable for his return

    "Just progressing, getting treatment, he's not ready to get on the field," Molitor said.

    Righthander Kyle Gibson (7-11, 3.79 ERA) will start the first in a three-game series at Houston on Monday against Astros LHP Dallas Keuchel (10-10, 3.58).