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Published April 26 2013

Twins fall short against Rangers

Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS – Adrian Beltre homered and rookie Justin Grimm won his second consecutive start and the Texas Rangers beat the Minnesota Twins 4-3 Friday.

Lance Berkman, Nelson Cruz and Ian Kinsler each had RBI doubles for the Rangers, who won for the seventh time in their past eight games.

Grimm (2-0) followed up his career-best nine-strikeout effort against the Seattle Mariners by shutting out Minnesota for seven innings, allowing five hits and no walks with four strikeouts.

The 24-year-old right-hander, filling in for the injured Matt Harrison, has allowed just one earned run in his past 15 Zc innings.

Rookie outfielder Oswaldo Arcia hit a three-run homer off Joe Nathan in the ninth inning after Joe Ortiz allowed a pair of hits, but he got Ryan Doumit to fly out to earn his eighth save.

Scott Diamond (1-2) gave up three runs and 12 hits in 6 Zc innings as the Twins lost their third straight and were shut out for the second time this season.

Texas took an early lead with back-to-back one-out doubles from Elvis Andrus and Berkman in the first inning. Berkman scored two batters later on a double from Cruz, who has driven in at least one run in six straight games and 13 total during that stretch.

Minnesota’s biggest threat against Grimm came in the first inning on a Kinsler throwing error that allowed Joe Mauer to reach first base. Justin Morneau hit a two-out double to put runners on first and second, but Chris Parmelee flied out to end the inning.

Texas Minnesota

ab r h bi ab r h bi

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

Andrus ss 5 1 2 0 Mauer c 4 0 0 0

Brkmn dh 4 1 2 1 Wlngh dh 4 1 1 0

Beltre 3b 4 1 1 1 Mornea 1b 4 1 2 0

N.Cruz rf 4 0 2 1 Parmel rf 4 0 0 0

DvMrp lf 4 0 1 0 Plouffe 3b 4 0 1 0

Soto c 3 0 1 0 Arcia lf 4 1 1 3

Morlnd 1b 4 0 2 0 Hicks cf 3 0 1 0

Gentry cf 4 1 0 0 Doumit ph 1 0 0 0

Flormn ss 3 0 1 0

Totals 37 4 13 4 Totals 35 3 8 3

Texas 200 001 001— 4

Minnesota 000 000 003— 3

E—Soto (1), Kinsler (4), Florimon (4). DP—Texas 1, Minnesota 2. LOB—Texas 7, Minnesota 5. 2B—Kinsler (3), Andrus (3), Berkman (6), N.Cruz (5), Moreland 2 (5), Willingham (5), Morneau (5). HR—Beltre (4), Arcia (2). SB—Andrus (5), Hicks (3).

IP H R ER BB SO

Texas

Grimm W,2-0 7 5 0 0 0 4

Scheppers H,5 1 0 0 0 0 0

J.Ortiz Zc 2 2 2 0 1

Nathan S,8-8 Xc 1 1 1 0 1

Minnesota

Diamond L,1-2 6Zc 12 3 3 0 4

Pressly 2Zc 1 1 1 1 3

Fien Zc 0 0 0 0 0

T—2:46. A—27,404 (39,021).