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Teix snaps ace in rubber game
Ace falls in series finale
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.
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Rangers 5, Twins 2
Mark Teixeira rounds the bases after his two-run homer in the sixth inning. (Linda Kaye/AP)
Series at a glance:
Texas gets best of Santana
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.
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 Teixeira's home run:
 Matthews' blast:
TODAY'S WRAPS: July 09, 2006
Minnesota (47-39)
Lost 1
Texas 5, Minnesota 2   TEX
Texas (45-43)
Won 1
July 9, 2006
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0   2 9 0
0 0 0 1 0 2 2 0 X   5 7 0
Standings thru 7/9/06  |  Gameday  |  Twins Stats  |  Rangers Stats
Castillo, 2B4130100.280
Punto, 3B4010024.297
  c-Sierra, PH1000011.179
Mauer, DH4001002.378
Cuddyer, RF3110111.269
Morneau, 1B4010022.300
Hunter, CF4010003.264
Redmond, C4000023.357
Ford, LF3021000.234
  a-Rodriguez, PH1000000.217
Bartlett, SS2000022.312
  b-Kubel, PH1000000.291

a-Lined out for Ford in the 9th. b-Lined out for Bartlett in the 9th. c-Struck out for Punto in the 9th.

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.

Matthews, CF4112011.328
Kinsler, 2B4110010.320
Young, M, SS4110011.316
Teixeira, 1B4112021.275
DeRosa, RF4010010.332
Blalock, 3B3011010.287
Mench, LF3010002.271
  Hairston, LF0000000.222
Botts, DH3000011.220
Barajas, C2100101.265

HR: Teixeira (9, 6th inning off Santana, 1 on, 1 out), Matthews (10, 7th inning off Santana, 1 on, 2 out).
TB: Matthews 4; Kinsler; Young, M; Teixeira 4; DeRosa; Blalock; Mench.
RBI: Blalock (60), Teixeira 2 (49), Matthews 2 (47).
2-out RBI: Blalock; Matthews 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Matthews; Mench.
Team LOB: 3.

DP: (Blalock-Kinsler-Teixeira).

Santana (L, 9-5)7.07551722.95
Crain 1.00000105.03
Koronka 5.06222404.63
Bauer (W, 3-1)1.00000203.21
Mahay (H, 7)1.01000103.46
Cordero (H, 12)1.01000204.43
Otsuka (S, 17)1.01000102.13

HBP: Bartlett (by Koronka).
Pitches-strikes: Santana 94-67, Crain 16-10, Koronka 96-55, Bauer 13-9, Mahay 10-7, Cordero 12-11, Otsuka 17-9.
Ground outs-fly outs: Santana 7-7, Crain 0-2, Koronka 7-4, Bauer 1-0, Mahay 2-0, Cordero 0-1, Otsuka 0-2.
Batters faced: Santana 29, Crain 3, Koronka 24, Bauer 3, Mahay 3, Cordero 4, Otsuka 4.
Umpires: HP: Jim Joyce. 1B: Rob Drake. 2B: Doug Eddings. 3B: Paul Schrieber.
Weather: 90 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 6 mph, R to L.
T: 2:30.
Att: 23,260.

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