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Associated Press, Published April 25 2013

Tepesch carries Rangers past Twins

MINNEAPOLIS – It took awhile for the Minnesota Twins offense to get going on Thursday night.

Once it did, it didn’t take long for it to sputter and stop again.

Nick Tepesch pitched six strong innings for his second win, and Elvis Andrus and Nelson Cruz each drove in runs to lead the Texas Rangers to a 2-1 win over the Twins.

It was the Twins’ first one-run loss of the season and their fourth straight loss to Texas at Target Field.

Tepesch (2-1) allowed five hits in 6Xc innings. He shut the Twins out through six before Josh Willingham homered in the seventh inning to make it 2-1.

“The kid had a live fastball, a live arm,” Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. “The ball was jumping on our hitters. He was cutting it and had a nice little breaking ball. Kid had nice pitches.”

The rookie right-hander had allowed only two baserunners up to that point and showed no lingering effects from taking a liner off his right forearm in his previous start against Seattle last weekend.

He left with two outs in the seventh after giving up singles to Chris Parmelee and Trevor Plouffe. Robbie Ross got pinch-hitter Ryan Doumit to groundout and end the threat.

With the bases loaded and one out in the eighth, Willingham had a shot to do some more damage. Instead his hard ground ball to Andrus at shortstop turned into a rally-ending double play.

“I hit the ball hard, just hit it right at him,” Willingham said with a shrug.

Doumit faced former Twins closer Joe Nathan with two outs and a runner on first in the ninth, but his long fly ball died on the warning track in left field and was caught by David Murphy to end the game.

“We still had a couple chances there at the end,” Gardenhire said. “The last two innings were good. We competed very well and we gave ourselves opportunities.”

Minnesota starter Vance Worley (0-3) allowed two runs and six hits in five innings.

The Rangers fouled off 29 pitches in the game and frustrated Worley by extending at-bats and driving up the right-hander’s pitch count early.

“It is tiring, but all you can do is battle,” Worley said. “You’re going to have a guy that goes up there and fouls off a bunch of pitches from time to time.”

Texas Minnesota

ab r h bi ab r h bi

Kinsler 2b 5 0 3 0 Dozier 2b 4 0 1 0

Andrus ss 5 0 1 1 Mauer c 3 0 0 0

Brkmn dh 4 0 0 0 Wlngh lf 4 1 1 1

Beltre 3b 4 1 1 0 Mornea 1b 4 0 1 0

Przyns c 4 0 1 0 Parmel rf 4 0 1 0

N.Cruz rf 3 0 2 1 Plouffe 3b 4 0 2 0

DvMrp lf 2 0 0 0 Carroll pr 0 0 0 0

Morlnd 1b 4 0 1 0 Arcia dh 2 0 0 0

LMartn cf 3 1 1 0 Doumit dh 2 0 0 0

Gentry ph-cf 1 0 0 0 Hicks cf 3 0 1 0

Flormn ss 2 0 0 0

WRmrz ph 1 0 1 0

EEscor pr-ss 0 0 0 0

Totals 35 2 10 2 Totals 33 1 8 1

Texas 010 010 000—2

Minnesota 000 000 100—1

DP—Texas 2, Minnesota 1. LOB—Texas 9, Minnesota 6. 2B—Kinsler (2), Andrus (2), Beltre (5), Dozier (1). HR—Willingham (3). CS—N.Cruz (1).

IP H R ER BB SO

Texas

Tepesch W,2-1 6Xc 5 1 1 0 1

R.Ross H,4 Zc 0 0 0 0 0

Scheppers H,4 1 2 0 0 1 0

Nathan S,7-7 1 1 0 0 0 1

Minnesota

Worley L,0-3 5 6 2 2 2 3

Roenicke 2 3 0 0 1 1

Duensing 1Xc 0 0 0 0 1

Fien Zc 1 0 0 0 0

T—2:53. A—25,459 (39,021).