Rangers open series against Twins with a win

Marlon Byrd drove in three runs and the Texas Rangers extended their lead in the AL wild-card race, beating the slumping Minnesota Twins 8-5 Monday night.
After taking two of three over the weekend from Boston, the
Rangers stretched their advantage to one game over the Red Sox atop
the wild-card standings.
Josh Hamilton had two hits and scored twice as he batted third
in the Rangers lineup for the first time since July 25. David
Murphy added two RBIs for Texas, which jumped out to a 7-2 lead
after the second.
Tommy Hunter (6-2) won his third straight start, allowing four
runs and four hits in 5 2-3 innings.
Minnesota All-Star first baseman Justin Morneau left in the
fourth inning after experiencing dizziness.


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