Mike Minor hadn’t allowed a run this month until giving up a two-run homer to Mitch Garver one pitch after a Rougned Odor error in the top of the fourth inning in tonight’s 4-3 loss to the Twins.
Since the Texas Rangers had scored a total of two runs for Minor in his starts this month, one could have assumed this game could just be chalked up as a loss right then and there. However, the Rangers scored a run in the bottom of the inning and then took a one-run lead in the sixth with Minor looking stingy on the mound again.
With that lead, Minor came out in the top of the seventh and gave up a single to — of course — Marwin Gonzalez and Jonathan Schoop followed with a two-run homer of his own as Minnesota retook the lead.
Texas had a couple of rallies (including a rather juicy one against old closer Sam Dyson before his bowling ball sinker induced a double play) but couldn’t plate the run that would get Minor off the hook as Texas dropped to two games below .500 for the first time since they were 21-23 back on May 19.
Player of the Game: Nomar Mazara had a big two-out, two-run double (his second two-bagger of the night as he went 3-for-4 overall) in the bottom of the sixth that briefly gave the Rangers a lead and knocked Twins’ starter Jake Odorizzi out of the game.
Unfortunately, a half inning later, the Rangers would relinquish the lead but it was good to see The Big Chill driving the ball on a warm night in Arlington.
Up Next: RHP Ariel Jurado will take the mound for the Rangers against RHP Jose Berrios for the Twins. Saturday’s first pitch from The Ballpark is scheduled for 7:05 pm CT.