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Associated Press , Published August 25 2012

Kinsler shines at the plate as Rangers defeat Twins

ARLINGTON, Texas – Ian Kinsler gave the Texas Rangers another big start.

Kinsler hit a leadoff home run and Mitch Moreland launched a 463-foot shot, leading Ryan Dempster and the Rangers over the Minnesota Twins 9-3 Saturday for their fourth straight win.

Kinsler homered in the first inning, hit a bases-loaded triple in the third that made it 9-0 and also singled. Texas had 11 hits by the third, including six for extra bases.

“It’s tough as an offense to have every single guy going well,” Kinsler said. “Right now it’s happening. It seems like we’re seeing a lot of pitches and making the pitchers work.”

The Rangers, who have outscored opponents 39-12 during their winning streak, got 14 hits. The only Texas player without one was Adrian Beltre, who went 0-for-4 a day after hitting for the cycle.

“They’ve been doing that a lot for everybody, getting four or five runs in an inning,” Dempster said. “The game plan is still the same. But you have a little leeway when one run is not going to change the game.”

The AL West leaders have won eight of nine against the Twins this season.

“We’re swinging the bat pretty well,” Moreland said. “One through nine, there are no breaks.”

Justin Morneau went

4-for-4 with a home run for Minnesota, which has lost five in a row and 14 of 16 overall.

Dempster allowed two runs in six innings and improved to 3-1 since he was acquired from the Cubs on July 31. He was 5-5 with Chicago.

After two shaky outings in his first three starts with Texas, Dempster has yielded just three runs in 14 innings over his last two starts. He struck out seven and walked two to beat the Twins for the second time this season.

Brian Duensing (3-9) gave up a career-worst nine runs in 2Zc innings. It was another disappointing outing for Minnesota’s starting pitchers this series – they have allowed 18 earned runs and 24 hits in 9Xc innings.

“It was really tough,” Duensing said. “I had a bad day that came at the worst possible time.”

Minnesota Texas

ab r h bi ab r h bi

Span cf 5 0 1 0 Kinsler 2b 5 1 3 4

Revere rf 4 1 1 0 Andrus ss 5 0 1 0

Mauer dh 4 0 1 1 Hamltn lf 4 1 2 0

Wlngh lf 4 0 0 0 Beltre 3b 4 0 0 0

Mornea 1b 4 1 4 1 N.Cruz dh 4 1 2 1

Doumit c 4 0 1 0 DvMrp rf 4 1 2 0

Plouffe 3b 3 0 0 0 Soto c 4 2 2 1

JCarrll 2b 4 1 2 0 Gentry cf 3 2 1 0

Flormn ss 3 0 2 1 Morlnd 1b 4 1 1 3

Totals 35 3 12 3 Totals 37 9 14 9

Minnesota 000 110 100– 3

Texas 234 000 00x– 9

E–J.Carroll (12), Florimon (4). DP–Minnesota 1, Texas 3. LOB–Minnesota 8, Texas 5. 2B–Revere (13), Mauer (26), J.Carroll (15), Hamilton (24), N.Cruz 2 (34). 3B–Kinsler (4). HR–Morneau (17), Kinsler (15), Moreland (14). SB–Revere (30). CS–Andrus (8).

IP H R ER BB SO

Minnesota

Duensing L,3-9 2Zc 10 9 9 1 3

Al.Burnett 2Xc 2 0 0 0 1

Fien 1 1 0 0 0 0

T.Robertson 1 0 0 0 0 1

Perkins 1 1 0 0 0 1

Texas

Dempster W,3-1 6 8 2 2 2 7

R.Ross 1 3 1 1 0 0

M.Lowe 1 1 0 0 1 0

Scheppers 1 0 0 0 0 2

WP–Dempster.

T–3:07. A–44,215 (48,194).