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10-12 - The Texas Rangers actually defeat the Minnesota Twins

The Rangers avoided the indignity of getting swept at home by the Minnesota Twins by beating the crap out of the Minnesota Twins

Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

It only took until the fifth inning for the Rangers to realize which one of the Twins was the evil one and finally slay him. Down 2-0, Texas scored twice on a Rougie Odor two-out, two-RBI single in what felt like the first RBI single for Texas in weeks.

In a tied game against a team that these Rangers never seem to beat, Texas put four runs on the board in the bottom of the sixth on a bases loaded wild pitch, two-RBI single by Elvis Andrus, and a passed ball.

Rangers' starter Cole Hamels tossed 6 2/3 innings of veteran grind-it-out pitching and was happy to have the run support as he had trouble getting swings and misses and left with a couple on in the top of the seventh. An inherited run scored of Tony Barnette closed the books on Hamels who finished the night allowing all three Twins runs.

Up 6-3, the Rangers exploded for eight runs in the eighth and picked up a much needed win in the final game of the series against an opponent that has had their number over the last couple of seasons.

Player of the Game: It's basically Joey Gallo every night these days (Gallo reached four times, doubled, and made a couple of Beltre-esque plays at third base) but Delino DeShields had a leadoff hitter's dream night.

DeShields got on base in five of six of his plate appearances including a couple of singles and three walks. DeShields also stole two bases, scored thrice, and drove in the pizza run in the bottom of the eighth.

Up Next: The Rangers have the day off tomorrow but will stay in Arlington to begin a three-game series against the Angels on Friday. Nick Martinez earned another start for Texas while Anaheim will counter with LHP Tyler Skaggs. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 pm CT.