Minneapolis, MN, United States (4E Sports) – Rougned Odor hit the go-ahead RBI sacrifice fly in the eighth to lead the Texas Rangers to a 5-4 win over the Minnesota Twins Thursday at Target Field.
With the game tied at 4-4 entering the eighth, Leonys Martin led off with a double. Robinson Chirinos bunted him to third and Odor sent him home with a fly ball to center as the Rangers (28-26) took three of four from the Twins.
The Rangers assured themselves of a winning record on their 11-game road trip after taking three of four from both the Twins and the Detroit Tigers with three still to play against the Washington Nationals this weekend.
Rangers starter Nick Martinez went 5 2/3 innings, allowing four runs on nine hits with two walks and two strikeouts but Alexi Ogando (2-2) got the win after a scoreless 1 1/3-inning stint.
Samuel Deduno gave up four runs on nine hits with a walk and two strikeouts in 5 1/3 frames while Casey Fien (3-2) absorbed the loss after giving up the go-ahead run in the eighth as the Twins slipped to 24-27.
The Rangers took a 3-0 lead in the second inning after loading the bases with no outs on singles by Alex Rios and Michael Choice, and a walk to Martin.
Deduno retired Chirinos on a pop up and struck out Odor, but Shin-Soo Choo sliced a three-run double down the line.
The Twins put two runs on the board in the third on singles by Danny Santana, Joe Mauer, Trevor Plouffe and Josh Willingham.
Minnesota took the lead in the fifth on a two-run home run by Willingham, who homered for the first time since going yard twice on Sept. 10, 2013 against Oakland.
However, the Rangers tied it in the sixth on a double by Martin and a single by Chirinos. Two innings later, Martin led off with another double, and Odor’s sacrifice broke the tie.
Rangers closer Joakim Soria fanned Willingham for the final out for his 10th save of the season.