The Minnesota Twins have fallen to 2-6 on the season and are now in danger of being swept at the hands of the Texas Rangers, with a 6-2 loss on Saturday in game two. Nick Blackburn pitched just over five innings before leaving the game with an injury, and finished having allowed two runs off of seven hits while striking out three and walking one. He allowed the Rangers to get out to an early lead when Mike Napoli hit a sacfirice fly to score Nelson Cruz.
But the Twins evened up the score when a throwing error led to Danny Valencia scoring. The third inning saw Josh Hamilton hitting a solo homerun to right field that gave the Rangers back the lead, but again the Twins tied it, with Velencia rounding the bases again off of a Denard Span double. That's when things got bad the the Twins, though.
Brian Duensing came in to pitch in relief for Blackburn, but lasted just a little over an inning, and gave up two runs. Glen Perkins came in and gave up two runs of his own, though only one of them was earned. In short, the Twins just couldn't hold up with their pitching.
Hamilton rounded the bases three times for the Rangers, while Adrian Beltre had two RBI on the day. Robbie Ross picked up the win for the Rangers, but it was Yu Darvish who got the start. Darvis picked a little over five innings and allowed nine hits - with just two runs and only one of them earned. He walked four batters and struck out four, and didn't allow a homerun.
The Twins will wrap up the series with Texas on Sunday before hitting the road for a four-game series against the Yankees and a three-game series against Tampa Bay prior to returning home.