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.