Morneau, Twins beat Rangers

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Justin Morneau homered for the third time in two games and Boof Bonser won his third straight start, leading the Minnesota Twins over the Texas Rangers 5-3 Wednesday.

Morneau's 14th homer of the season, a solo drive in the third off Robinson Tejeda (4-4), gave Minnesota a 3-1 lead.

Sammy Sosa pinch hit for Texas with two on and two outs in the ninth and struck out, remaining two home runs shy of 600.

Bonser (3-1) allowed two runs and six hits in five innings, struck out six and walked two. Joe Nathan, the Twins' fifth pitcher, got three outs for his ninth save in 10 chances as Minnesota finished a 4-5 trip.

Victor Diaz broke his bat on a double-play grounder in the ninth. The shattered barrel of the bat struck Nathan on the back of his right leg, but the reliever remained in the game.

Tejeda gave up five runs and three hits in three-plus innings, throwing 86 pitches.

Mark Teixeira had three hits and drove in two runs for the Rangers, held to four runs in the final two games of the three-game series after scoring 14 in the opener.

Torii Hunter's RBI single in the first gave Minnesota the lead, then Texas tied it in the bottom half on Teixeira's run-scoring double.

Luis Castillo, who had three hits, singled home the go-ahead run in the second. Morneau's third-inning drive gave him homers in consecutive games for the third time this season.

Teixeira's RBI single in the third made it 3-2. With the bases loaded and one out, Ian Kinsler struck out and Ramon Vazquez grounded out.

Jason Tyner hit into an RBI forceout in the fourth off C.J. Wilson and scored on a wild pitch that increased Minnesota's lead to 5-2.

Pinch-hitter Frank Catalanotto had an RBI single in the eighth off Juan Rincon.


Texas' Matt Kata made his first major league start at first base, the fifth position he's started at this season. Kata was 0-for-4 and struck out four times. ... Tejeda had his shortest outing of the season. ... With a right-hander starting for Texas, Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire had all three of his left-handed hitters and his three switch-hitters in the starting lineup