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Saunders, Texas bullpen shut down Twins

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MINNEAPOLIS - The Texas Rangers managed only one run against the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday night at Target Field. Joe Saunders and the Texas bullpen made sure it was enough.

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Luis Sardinas' RBI single in the top of the seventh inning scored Leonys Martin from second base, breaking a scoreless tie and leading the Rangers to a 1-0 win.

Saunders, activated from the disabled list before the game after missing nearly two months with a fractured left ankle, labored through five shutout innings to keep the Rangers in the game. He threw 97 pitches, allowing five hits and two walks while striking out six.

"It was an all-around battle tonight," Saunders said. "You have to give credit to the hitters."

Saunders battled himself in the early going, getting into trouble in each of the first two innings. Brian Dozier doubled for Minnesota to lead off the game, and he moved to third on a groundout. However, Saunders recovered to strike out the next two batters and escape the jam.

In the second, the Twins loaded the bases, but Saunders got Dozier to fly out to the warning track to keep Minnesota off the scoreboard. Back-to-back two out singles in the third gave the Twins another threat, but a flyout to center ended the inning.

After that, Saunders settled in and retired six of the final seven batters he faced, including striking out the side in the fourth inning.

"For the first time coming back in almost two months, it was a struggle," Saunders said. "But I made some good pitches and got some clutch strikeouts against some pretty good hitters to keep the team right where we needed to be."

He was matched by Twins right-hander Kyle Gibson, who went six scoreless innings and allowed six hits while striking out four. Gibson threw 65 of his 107 pitches for strikes.

"I feel like I helped them out a bit tonight," Gibson said of the Rangers. "But give them credit; they make you make a lot of good pitches."

Saunders said, "Gibson is going out there putting up zeros, and you have to try and match him. Keep the game where it was at. I felt like whoever scored first was probably going to win."

With Twins right-handed reliever Jared Burton (1-2) on the mound in the seventh inning, the Rangers played just enough small ball to scratch across a run.

Martin got on with a bunt. He stole second base, then came around on Sardinas' two-out hit that sliced just out of the reach of Twins left fielder Josh Willingham.

TEX ab r h bi MIN ab r h bi

Choo lf 4 0 0 0 Dozier 2b 4 0 1 0

Andrus ss 3 0 0 0 Mauer 1b 4 0 0 0

Odor 2b 1 0 0 0 Plouffe dh 4 0 1 0

Morland 1b 4 0 1 0 Arcia rf 4 0 1 0

Beltre 3b 4 0 1 0 Wllnghm lf 2 0 1 0

Rios dh 4 0 1 0 Parml pr 0 0 0 0

Choice rf 4 0 1 0 Suzuki c 3 0 0 0

Martin cf 4 1 2 0 Nunez 3b 4 0 1 0

Chrnos c 3 0 1 0 Escobar ss 4 0 1 0

Srdins 2b 3 0 1 1 Santana cf 2 0 0 0

Totals 34 1 8 1 Totals 31 0 6 0

Texas 000 000 100 -- 1

Minnesota 000 000 000 -- 0

E--K.Suzuki 1. LOB--Minnesota 9, Texas 6. 2B--Dozier (7), L.Martin (2), Nunez (1). SB--L.Martin (11), Rios (10). CS--Nunez (1), Sardinas (1).

IP H R ER BB SO

Texas

J.Saunders 5 5 0 0 2 6

Sh.Tolleson W, 1-1 1 Xc 1 0 0 1 0

Cotts H, 6 1 0 0 0 0 1

Frasor H, 7 Zc 0 0 0 1 0

Soria S, 9 1 0 0 0 0 2

Minnesota

Gibson 6 6 0 0 0 4

Burton L, 1-2 Xc 2 1 1 0 1

Thielbar 1 0 0 0 0 1

Guerrier 1 Zc 0 0 0 0 0

Inherited runners-scored--Cotts 1-0, Thielbar 1-0. WP--Cotts (2).

Umpires--Home, Pat Hoberg; First, Jerry Layne; Second, Mike DiMuro; Third, Mike Estabrook.

T--3:12. A--26,472 (42,035)

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