Johan Santana struggled through seven innings, giving up a pair of two-run homers in Texas to lose the final game of the first half. Minnesota's two runs were knocked in by Lew Ford's two-out RBI single in the second and Joe Mauer's RBI groundout in the third.
Mark Teixeira hit a go-ahead two-run homer off Johan Santana in the sixth inning and Gary Matthews Jr. hit a two-run shot in the seventh as the Rangers won the final game of the first half. Starter John Koronka held the Twins to two earned runs in five innings.
a-Lined out for Ford in the 9th. b-Lined out for Bartlett in the 9th. c-Struck out for Punto in the 9th.
BATTING 2B: Punto (10, Koronka). TB: Castillo 3; Punto 2; Cuddyer; Morneau; Hunter; Ford 2. RBI: Ford (14), Mauer (45). 2-out RBI: Ford. Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Bartlett; Morneau; Punto 2; Sierra. GIDP: Mauer. Team LOB: 9.