Ah, so refreshing... a nice, respectable victory. The Twins didn't need anyone to drop a fly ball in the bottom of the ninth last night, and they didn't need Michael Young to commit three errors. Nope, they got a win the good old-fashioned way. They scored early and rode a top-notch pitching performance to their 75th win of the season.
The Twins scored single runs in each of the first three innings, then added another in the form of a seventh-inning solo shot by Jason Kubel. Meanwhile, Matt Garza pitched into the seventh inning for the first time since August 14, tossing 6 1/3 inning while allowing six hits and two runs (one earned). He struck out five and walked none. The bullpen added 2 2/3 innings of scoreless ball and the Twins left town with a quiet sweep of the lowly Rangers.
At 75-77, the Twins are only two games away from the .500 mark with 10 games remaining, but methinks they'll have a tough time finishing the season with a winning record. After finishing up their home schedule with a three-game set against the White Sox this weekend, the Twins will hit the road for a three-game series in Detroit and then a season-ending four-game series in Boston.