Minnesota opened the night's scoring in the top half of the second frame with an RBI groundout from Trevor Plouffe and an RBI single from shortstop Brian Dozier to take a quick 2-0 advantage. After immediately coughing up their brief lead, the Twins received Josh Willingham's 19th home run of the season in the sixth inning before immediately surrendering a solo shot to Adrian Beltre in the bottom of the inning.
After 3.2 scoreless innings from the Twins' bullpen as the game headed into extras, Texas finally broke through in the 10th inning against Minnesota reliever Kyle Waldrop on a Nelson Cruz RBI double. The 26-year-old Waldrop yielded a pair of hits on just 11 pitches to take the loss, which marked the first of his pro career.
Despite the loss, the Twins will look to take the three-game series in Sunday's finale. Manager Ron Gardenhire will send rookie Cole De Vries to the mound to face newly-signed Texas veteran Roy Oswalt.