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Twins ride Liriano's magic arm
Liriano wins sixth straight
A three-run, two-out fifth-inning rally started by Torii Hunter's 14th homer of the year was all Francisco Liriano needed to pick up his 10th win of the year, his sixth straight. The left-hander held the Rangers to four hits and struck out eight over seven scoreless innings.
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Twins 4, Rangers 0
Francisco Liriano hurled seven scoreless innings to pick up his 10th win of the year. (Matt Slocum/AP)
Series at a glance:
Texas comes up empty
The Rangers threatened several times against Francisco Liriano, but they couldn't get the big hit and fell to the Twins on Saturday night. Lefty John Rheinecker hurled six solid innings, but gave up three runs to pick up his third loss of the year.
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TODAY'S WRAPS: July 08, 2006
MIN
Minnesota (47-38)
Won 1
Minnesota 4, Texas 0   TEX
Texas (44-43)
Lost 1
July 8, 2006
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
Minnesota
0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 1   4 14 0
Texas
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0   0 6 0
Standings thru 7/8/06  |  Gameday  |  Twins Stats  |  Rangers Stats
MinnesotaABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Castillo, 2B4010001.274
Punto, 3B4030001.298
Mauer, C4000003.383
Cuddyer, RF4020020.268
Morneau, 1B4110002.301
Hunter, CF4121001.265
Stewart, DH4121001.299
Ford, LF4120001.227
Bartlett, SS4012013.320
Totals3641440313 

BATTING
2B: Castillo (13, Rheinecker), Bartlett (6, Rheinecker), Hunter (12, Benoit).
HR: Hunter (14, 5th inning off Rheinecker, 0 on, 2 out).
TB: Castillo 2; Punto 3; Cuddyer 2; Morneau; Hunter 6; Stewart 2; Ford 2; Bartlett 2.
RBI: Hunter (49), Bartlett 2 (8), Stewart (21).
2-out RBI: Hunter; Bartlett 2; Stewart.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Castillo; Bartlett 2.
GIDP: Mauer; Morneau.
Team LOB: 5.

BASERUNNING
SB: Castillo (9, 3rd base off Rheinecker/Laird).
CS: Punto 2 (3, 2nd base by Littleton/Laird, 2nd base by Rheinecker/Laird).

FIELDING
DP: 2 (Punto-Castillo-Morneau, Bartlett-Morneau).

 
TexasABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Matthews, CF3000101.329
Hairston, LF4010012.222
Young, SS4010002.317
Teixeira, 1B4010031.275
DeRosa, RF4020011.333
Blalock, 3B4010032.287
Kinsler, 2B4000004.322
Mench, DH2000113.270
Laird, C2000111.323
Totals3106031017 

BATTING
2B: DeRosa (25, Liriano), Teixeira (31, Nathan).
TB: Hairston; Young; Teixeira 2; DeRosa 3; Blalock.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Mench 2; Young; Kinsler.
GIDP: Matthews; Hairston.
Team LOB: 7.

FIELDING
Outfield assists: Hairston (Castillo at home).
DP: 3 (Hairston-Laird, Teixeira-Young-Teixeira, Kinsler-Young-Teixeira).

 
MinnesotaIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Liriano (W, 10-1)7.04003801.83
Rincon (H, 13)1.01000002.06
Nathan 1.01000201.75
 
TexasIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Rheinecker (L, 4-3)6.09330113.96
Benoit 1.01000105.05
Littleton 1.01000000.00
Feldman 1.03110105.40

Pitches-strikes: Liriano 95-58, Rincon 15-11, Nathan 21-13, Rheinecker 88-56, Benoit 17-13, Littleton 9-6, Feldman 23-18.
Ground outs-fly outs: Liriano 10-3, Rincon 1-2, Nathan 0-1, Rheinecker 12-4, Benoit 1-1, Littleton 1-1, Feldman 2-0.
Batters faced: Liriano 26, Rincon 4, Nathan 4, Rheinecker 23, Benoit 4, Littleton 3, Feldman 6.
Umpires: HP: Paul Schrieber. 1B: Jim Joyce. 2B: Rob Drake. 3B: Doug Eddings.
Weather: 92 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 9 mph, In from CF.
T: 2:34.
Att: 36,111.

Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball Office of the Commissioner
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