Carlos Silva gave up seven earned runs on nine hits in 4 1/3 innings, and reliever Julio DePaula allowed seven earned runs in just one inning to drop the opener in Arlington. Torii Hunter and Justin Morneau each drove in a run with RBI singles.
Gerald Laird had a five-RBI night, including a grand slam in the Rangers' eight-run fifth.
Sammy Sosa doubled twice and drove in three runs, and Frank Catalanotto and Nelson Cruz each homered. Vicente Padilla held the Twins to two runs in 5 2/3 innings.
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