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June 30, 2014

Twins slip by Rangers

ARLINGTON, Texas — Kendrys Morales slapped a line drive away from the Texas shift, landing it just inside the foul line in left field where the only person close to it was a security guard scrambling to get out of the way.

A deft leap from the guard kept the ball in play and sent the Twins on their way to ending a 10-game road losing streak.

Morales’ tiebreaking double in the top of the ninth off Texas closer Joakim Soria brought in pinch-runner Sam Fuld from first base in a 3-2 Minnesota victory Sunday.

After the security guard dodged the ball with his right foot, the carom off a brick wall just missed his left foot as the ball rolled into shallow left field, a long way from Texas’ Michael Choice.

A ground-rule double would have forced Fuld to stop at third instead of scoring easily, and Soria (1-3) struck out the final two hitters of the inning.

“We got a couple of breaks, and we won the ballgame,” Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said.

Kyle Gibson (7-6) matched a career high by going eight innings and scattering eight hits. Glen Perkins struck out the side in the ninth for his 20th save in 23 chances.

Robinson Chirinos had three hits for Texas, including his seventh homer of the season in the fifth inning for a 2-2 tie.

Josh Willingham’s second hit got the winning rally started with one out in the ninth before he was replaced by Fuld. The Twins had lost the first five games on a six-game road trip after winning four straight on a brief homestand.

“It was a big game for us after a tough road trip,” said Gibson. “All I did was try to give my team a chance to win and turn things around.”

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