Rangers slip past Twins 2-1 in the 9th

10:38 PM, Aug 31, 2013   |    comments
Leonys Martin #2 of the Texas Rangers is congratulated by teammates after making contact for a single to center with bases loaded in the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Minnesota Twins at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on August 31, 2013 in Arlington, Texas. Texas won 2-1. (Photo by Brandon Wade/Getty Images)
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ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Leonys Martin hit a game-winning bases-loaded single with two out in the ninth inning to give the Texas Rangers a 2-1 victory over the Minnesota Twins Saturday night.
   
Alex Rios doubled with one out against losing pitcher Caleb Thielbar (2-2).
   
Two walks and one out later, Martin sent a ground ball past Brian Duensing, the Twins' third pitcher of the inning, to send Rios home.
   
Starting pitchers Matt Garza of the Rangers and Mike Pelfrey each gave up a first-inning run before shutting out their opponent over the next six innings.
   
Brian Dozier led off the game with his 15th home run, a season record for a Minnesota second baseman.
   
Adrian Beltre's sacrifice fly following two singles allowed Texas to tie the score 1-1 in the bottom of the first inning.
   
Joe Nathan (5-2) pitched a scoreless ninth for the win.

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