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TODAY'S WRAPS: September 17, 2007
Twins walk off victorious
Benoit can't hold it down
Joaquin Benoit gave up two runs in the bottom of the ninth, including a solo homer to Michael Cuddyer and the game-winner to Jason Bartlett, who reached on an Ian Kinsler error, as the Rangers fell to the Twins at the Metrodome. Travis Metcalf gave Texas the lead in the top of the ninth with a solo home run.
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 Metcalf's solo home run
Twins 5, Rangers 4
Kevin Slowey gave up only four hits on Monday, but had to settle for the no-decision. (Andy King/AP)
Series at a glance:
Bartlett wins it for Twins
Jason Bartlett helped the Twins win the opening game of the series as he reached first on an error to score Lew Ford in the ninth inning as Minnesota defeated Texas. Michael Cuddyer tied it with a solo homer earlier in the final inning. Kevin Slowey tossed six strong innings but got a no-decision.
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 Bartlett's game winner
 Cuddyer's home run
 Mauer's solo homer
Texas (70-80)
Lost 1
Minnesota 5, Texas 4   MIN
Minnesota (73-77)
Won 1
September 17, 2007
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 1   4 7 2
0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 2   5 8 2
Standings thru 9/17/07  |  Gameday  |  Rangers Stats  |  Twins Stats
Catalanotto, DH5000012.268
Murphy, CF5000022.364
Young, SS4011020.312
Byrd, RF-LF4010022.305
Botts, LF3000111.234
  1-Cruz, PR-RF0000000.217
Wilkerson, 1B3110110.237
Quiroz, C4121022.500
Vazquez, 2B3000001.236
  a-Kinsler, PH-2B1000010.267
Metcalf, 3B4221001.246

a-Struck out for Vazquez in the 9th.
1-Ran for Botts in the 8th.

2B: Metcalf (12, Slowey).
HR: Metcalf (3, 9th inning off Nathan, 0 on, 1 out).
TB: Young; Byrd; Wilkerson; Quiroz 2; Metcalf 6.
RBI: Young (84), Quiroz (2), Metcalf (16).
2-out RBI: Young.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Murphy; Quiroz.
Team LOB: 7.

SB: Wilkerson (4, 2nd base off Rincon/Mauer).

E: Quiroz (1, throw), Kinsler (15, fielding).
Outfield assists: Byrd (Ford at 1st base).
DP: 2 (Vazquez-Young-Wilkerson, Byrd-Wilkerson).

Bartlett, SS5120000.272
Kubel, DH3010002.264
  b-Rodriguez, PH-DH0000000.225
Mauer, C4111012.290
Hunter, CF3111010.290
Morneau, 1B4000022.275
Cuddyer, RF3121100.273
Jones, LF2000002.158
  a-Ford, PH-LF0100200.232
Buscher, 3B3000032.273
Punto, 2B4010022.205

a-Walked for Jones in the 7th. b-Hit a sacrifice bunt for Kubel in the 8th.

HR: Mauer (6, 6th inning off Volquez, 0 on, 0 out), Cuddyer (14, 9th inning off Benoit, 0 on, 0 out).
TB: Bartlett 2; Kubel; Mauer 4; Hunter; Cuddyer 5; Punto.
RBI: Mauer (55), Hunter (102), Cuddyer (74).
2-out RBI: Hunter.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Buscher; Morneau.
S: Rodriguez; Buscher.
GIDP: Kubel.
Team LOB: 6.

SB: Hunter 2 (17, 2nd base off Wilson/Quiroz, 3rd base off Volquez/Quiroz), Cuddyer (4, 2nd base off Volquez/Quiroz).

E: Bartlett (26, fielding), Rincon (1, throw).

Volquez 6.05211613.52
White (H, 2)1.00001105.06
Wilson (BS, 2)1.02110103.14
Benoit (BS, 5)(L, 7-4)0.21211112.65
Slowey 6.04110705.00
Rincon (BS, 2)1.02210005.46
Guerrier 1.00002302.26
Nathan (W, 4-2)1.01110212.07

HBP: Hunter (by Volquez).
Pitches-strikes: Volquez 105-59, White 15-8, Wilson 15-10, Benoit 22-14, Slowey 105-74, Rincon 22-15, Guerrier 26-13, Nathan 19-12.
Ground outs-fly outs: Volquez 5-7, White 0-2, Wilson 2-0, Benoit 1-0, Slowey 2-9, Rincon 2-1, Guerrier 0-0, Nathan 1-0.
Batters faced: Volquez 24, White 3, Wilson 5, Benoit 5, Slowey 23, Rincon 6, Guerrier 5, Nathan 4.
EjectionsMinnesota Twins Manager Ron Gardenhire ejected by 1B umpire Jeff Nelson. (8th).
Umpires: HP: John Hirschbeck. 1B: Jeff Nelson. 2B: Mike DiMuro. 3B: Bill Welke.
Weather: 69 degrees, dome.
Wind: Indoors.
T: 3:12.
Att: 14,197.

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