Twins fall to Texas in walk-off fashion

  • Article by: PHIL MILLER
  • Updated: September 1, 2013 - 12:06 AM
hide

Texas Rangers' Leonys Martin (2) celebrates as players run out of the dugout after Martin hit a walk-off single that scored Alex Rios in the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Minnesota Twins, Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013, in Arlington, Texas. The hit came off a pitch from relief pitcher Josh Roenicke in the 2-1 Rangers win.

Photo: Tony Gutierrez, Associated Press - Ap

CameraStar Tribune photo galleries

Cameraview larger

– Maybe someday Justin Morneau can beat the Twins. Just like a couple of his former teammates did on the day he was traded.

With Morneau in another uniform and another league, Matt Garza and Joe Nathan came back to haunt their old team, combining to pitch eight of the nine innings in Texas’ 2-1 walkoff victory.

Leonys Martin smacked a sharp single that nearly nailed Brian Duensing as it sailed past, scoring Alex Rios with the winning run and handing the Twins their sixth loss in seven games.

Mike Pelfrey pitched one of his strongest games yet for the Twins, cruising through seven innings on 98 pitches and holding the Rangers to one run, in the first inning. After that, he limited Texas to four hits, didn’t walk a batter and struck out seven. In doing so, he sliced his ERA to 4.86 on the season.

“His last outing was really good, too. We think he’s moving pretty good now,” manager Ron Gardenhire said. “Seems like he’s pounding the strike zone really well.”

Unfortunately for the Twins, he didn’t get much help. Brian Dozier led off with his 15th home run, but Garza, who debuted with the Twins in 2006, matched Pelfrey after that. One night after the Twins were held hitless against Yu Darvish for the first six innings, Garza shut them down with just three hits over seven innings, while striking out nine.

The game remained tied into the ninth, when Nathan, who left the Twins as a free agent after the 2011 season, struck out two more Twins in a hitless inning.

The Twins bullpen couldn’t match him. A one-out double by Rios off Caleb Thielbar sparked Texas’ rally; two walks loaded the bases with two outs for Martin, who hit a 2-1 sinker past Duensing and set off a Rangers celebration.

• The Twins added a third catcher, filling Morneau’s roster vacancy with Josmil Pinto, a 24-year-old Venezuelan who hit a combined .309 with 15 home runs and 74 RBI at Class AA New Britain and AAA Rochester this year.

• The Twins will give Mark Hamburger another chance. The St. Paul Saints righthander said he will sign a minor league deal with the Twins on Tuesday. He signed with them in 2007 out of an open tryout. The Mounds View native was traded to Texas in 2008 and pitched for the Rangers in 2011, but he was released by Houston in February after a failed drug test.

  • related content

  • Postgame: Morneau paid tribute to Oliva before he left

    Saturday August 31, 2013

    Passing the Twins' all-time great was "something really special," said another great Twin

  • Morneau traded to Pirates

    Sunday September 1, 2013

    First baseman Justin Morneau, the 2006 AL MVP and half of the popular M&M boys tandem with Joe Mauer, has been traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates for outfielder Alex Presley

  • St. Paul Saints' Hamburger to rejoin Twins organization

    Saturday August 31, 2013

    The Mounds View High School product, who signed with the Twins following an open tryout, saw his major league career...

  • Saturday's Twins-Rangers game recap

    Saturday August 31, 2013

    GAME RECAPIMPACT PLAYERMatt Garza, TexasThe former Twins righthander matched Mike Pelfrey’s strong performance.BY THE NUMBERS15 Home runs for Brian Dozier,...

  • Matt Garza gave up a leadoff homer but little else Saturday night.

  • get related content delivered to your inbox

  • manage my email subscriptions
Final123456789RHE
Minnesota0000101002100
Baltimore «00010110X381
@Ballpark Replay
Preview | Matchup | Lineup | Log | Wrap | Box
W:A.Miller(5-5) L:J.Burton(2-3) S:Z.Britton (30)
HR: MIN- None BAL- J.Paredes (1)

ADVERTISEMENT

NY Yankees - LP: M. Pineda 0 FINAL
Toronto - WP: D. Hutchison 2
Detroit - LP: M. Scherzer 3 FINAL
Chicago WSox - WP: C. Sale 6
Chicago Cubs - WP: F. Doubront 5 FINAL
St. Louis - LP: J. Masterson 1
Cincinnati - LP: A. Simon 2 FINAL
Pittsburgh - WP: V. Worley 3
Minnesota - LP: J. Burton 2 FINAL
Baltimore - WP: A. Miller 3
Philadelphia - WP: J. Williams 7 FINAL
NY Mets - LP: B. Colon 2
Miami - WP: J. Cosart 4 FINAL
Atlanta - LP: A. Harang 0
Boston - LP: A. Webster 0 FINAL
Tampa Bay - WP: J. Odorizzi 7
Cleveland - WP: J. Tomlin 3 FINAL
Kansas City - LP: S. Downs 2
Detroit - WP: K. Ryan 8 FINAL
Chicago WSox - LP: C. Bassitt 4
Texas - LP: P. Klein 0 FINAL
Houston - WP: S. Feldman 2
Colorado - WP: T. Matzek 2 FINAL
Arizona - LP: V. Nuno 0
Chicago Cubs - LP: T. Wada 2 FINAL
St. Louis - WP: M. Gonzales 13
Los Angeles - LP: J. Wright 1 FINAL
San Diego - WP: T. Stauffer 2
Milwaukee - LP: M. Fiers 1 FINAL
San Francisco - WP: J. Peavy 3
Oakland - LP: J. Samardzija 0 FINAL
LA Angels - WP: Y. Herrera 2
Washington - WP: S. Strasburg 3 FINAL
Seattle - LP: R. Elias 1
Green Bay 9/4/14 7:30 PM
Seattle
BYU 35 FINAL
Connecticut 10
(6) Jacksonville St 7 FINAL
(8) Michigan State 45
Bowling Green 31 FINAL
Western Ky 59
TX-San Antonio 27 FINAL
Houston 7
Colorado State 31 FINAL
Colorado 17
UNLV 13 FINAL
Arizona 58
Penn State 26 FINAL
UCF 24
Troy 10 FINAL
UAB 48
(7) UCLA 28 FINAL
Virginia 20
Western Mich 34 FINAL
Purdue 43
(5) Ohio State 34 FINAL
Navy 17
Appalachian St 14 FINAL
Michigan 52
Ga Southern 23 FINAL
NC State 24
Boston College 30 FINAL
Massachusetts 7
West Virginia 23 FINAL
(2) Alabama 33
Rice 17 FINAL
(17) Notre Dame 48
(10) South Dakota St 18 FINAL
(24) Missouri 38
Fla Atlantic 7 FINAL
(22) Nebraska 55
California 31 FINAL
Northwestern 24
Marshall 42 FINAL
Miami-Ohio 27
UC Davis 0 FINAL
(11) Stanford 45
Arkansas 21 FINAL
(6) Auburn 45
(16) Clemson 21 FINAL
(12) Georgia 45
Liberty 29 FINAL
(23) North Carolina 56
Ohio U 17 FINAL
Kent State 14
Louisiana Tech 16 FINAL
(4) Oklahoma 48
Stephen F Austin 16 FINAL
(20) Kansas State 55
Fresno State 13 FINAL
(15) USC 52
Southern Miss 0 FINAL
Miss State 49
Texas-El Paso 31 FINAL
New Mexico 24
North Texas 7 FINAL
Texas 38
(1) Florida State 37 FINAL
Oklahoma State 31
(14) Wisconsin 24 FINAL
(13) LSU 28
Idaho 0 Postponed
Florida 0
South Dakota 13 4th Qtr
(3) Oregon 48
(25) Washington 17 4th Qtr 13:10
Hawaii 13
Utah State 8/31/14 6:00 PM
Tennessee
SMU 8/31/14 6:30 PM
(10) Baylor
Miami-Florida 9/1/14 7:00 PM
Louisville
Arizona 9/4/14 7:00 PM
TX-San Antonio
Pittsburgh 9/5/14 6:00 PM
Boston College
Washington St 9/5/14 9:30 PM
Nevada
SMU 9/6/14 11:00 AM
North Texas
Fla Atlantic 9/6/14 11:00 AM
(2) Alabama
Buffalo 9/6/14 11:00 AM
Army
(24) Missouri 9/6/14 11:00 AM
Toledo
Arkansas State 9/6/14 11:00 AM
Tennessee
(8) McNeese State 9/6/14 11:00 AM
(22) Nebraska
Central Mich 9/6/14 11:00 AM
Purdue
Akron 9/6/14 11:00 AM
Penn State
Western Ill 9/6/14 11:00 AM
(14) Wisconsin
(20) Kansas State 9/6/14 11:00 AM
Iowa State
(4) Oklahoma 9/6/14 11:00 AM
Tulsa
Western Ky 9/6/14 11:00 AM
Illinois
SC State 9/6/14 11:30 AM
(16) Clemson
Navy 9/6/14 12:00 PM
Temple
UAB 9/6/14 1:00 PM
Miss State
South Alabama 9/6/14 1:00 PM
Kent State
New Mexico St 9/6/14 1:00 PM
Georgia State
Colorado 9/6/14 2:00 PM
Massachusetts
Fresno State 9/6/14 2:00 PM
Utah
(1) Eastern Wash 9/6/14 2:00 PM
(25) Washington
(15) USC 9/6/14 2:30 PM
(11) Stanford
Ohio U 9/6/14 2:30 PM
Kentucky
Middle Tennessee 9/6/14 2:30 PM
Minnesota
Northern Ill 9/6/14 2:30 PM
Northwestern
Missouri State 9/6/14 2:30 PM
Oklahoma State
Ball State 9/6/14 2:30 PM
Iowa
Maryland 9/6/14 2:30 PM
So Florida
Eastern Mich 9/6/14 3:00 PM
Florida
Georgia Tech 9/6/14 3:00 PM
Tulane
(18) Ole Miss 9/6/14 3:30 PM
Vanderbilt
Old Dominion 9/6/14 5:00 PM
NC State
(8) Michigan State 9/6/14 5:30 PM
(3) Oregon
(19) Arizona State 9/6/14 6:00 PM
New Mexico
Louisiana Tech 9/6/14 6:00 PM
Louisiana
San Jose St 9/6/14 6:00 PM
(6) Auburn
East Carolina 9/6/14 6:00 PM
(9) So Carolina
Duke 9/6/14 6:00 PM
Troy
Idaho 9/6/14 6:00 PM
ULM
(17) Sam Houston St 9/6/14 6:30 PM
(13) LSU
Michigan 9/6/14 6:30 PM
(17) Notre Dame
Lamar 9/6/14 6:30 PM
(21) Texas A&M
Northwestern St 9/6/14 6:30 PM
(10) Baylor
BYU 9/6/14 6:30 PM
Texas
Citadel 9/6/14 6:30 PM
(1) Florida State
San Diego St 9/6/14 7:00 PM
(23) North Carolina
Virginia Tech 9/6/14 7:00 PM
(5) Ohio State
Memphis 9/6/14 9:00 PM
(7) UCLA
Colorado State 9/6/14 9:15 PM
Boise State
Air Force 9/6/14 9:15 PM
Wyoming
Oregon State 9/6/14 9:30 PM
Hawaii
Texas Tech 9/6/14 10:00 PM
Texas-El Paso
Colorado 0 FINAL
Seattle 1
New England 3 FINAL
Toronto FC 0
Columbus 0 FINAL
Montreal 2
FC Dallas 0 FINAL
Chicago 1
Real Salt Lake 1 FINAL
San Jose 1
Portland 3 FINAL
Vancouver FC 0
Ottawa 10 FINAL
Montreal 20
Winnipeg 8/31/14 3:00 PM
Saskatchewan
Chicago 70 FINAL
Indiana 77
Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

question of the day

Poll: How sure are you that the Twins are on the road to improving?

Weekly Question

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

 
Close