MINNEAPOLIS - Texas closer Joakim Soria bobbled a slow-bouncing ball hit by Minnesota's Danny Santana to the left of the mound with two outs and the bases loaded in the ninth inning, allowing the winning run to score in the Twins' 4-3 victory over the Rangers on Tuesday night.
The day began ominously for the Rangers when star pitcher Yu Darvish was scratched from his scheduled start with stiffness in his neck. Former Twin Scott Baker got the start in his place and he gave up three hits over six innings.
He was in line to get the win thanks to a Chris Gimenez two-out RBI single in the sixth off Phil Hughes that put the Rangers up 3-2. Hughes pitched seven innings, allowing eight hits and three runs. He struck out three batters.
Soria (1-2) took his first blown save in nine chances with a shaky ninth inning. Oswaldo Arcia, who hit a home run earlier in the game, led off the ninth with a double. Eduardo Nunez got the game-tying RBI.
The Twins win ended a four-game losing streak.