Correia shuts down Rangers in Twins' win
Morneau hits two-run homer in seventh in 5-0 win
Twins 5, Rangers 0: Kevin Correia threw eight shutout innings and host Minnesota handed Texas consecutive losses for the first time this season.
Correia (3-1) allowed six hits while throwing at least seven innings for the fifth consecutive start to begin the season. Justin Morneau had two hits, including a two-run homer in the sixth, and Brian Dozier and Jamey Carroll each contributed two hits and an RBI for the Twins.
Texas starter Alexi Ogando (2-2) pitched six innings, allowing three runs and four hits. Mitch Moreland and Leonys Martin had two hits each for the Rangers, who were the only team in the majors that had not lost two in row.
The Rangers put their first two batters on base in the fourth before Correia retired the 4-5-6 hitters. They couldn't take advantage of two more singles in the fifth and Correia settled back in and retired 11 of the final 12 batters he faced.
The Twins broke through in the fourth when Josh Willingham walked, moved to third on a single to right by Morneau and came home on a sacrifice fly by Chris Parmelee. They increased their lead to 3-0 in the sixth when Willingham walked with two out and Morneau followed with a home run to right.
GAME NOTEBOOK: The Rangers had eight runners thrown out on the basepaths in the four-game series. … The Rangers finished 4-3 on their road trip and began a six-game homestand Tuesday against the Chicago White Sox, with the Boston Red Sox following them into town. … The Twins, who have had three weather postponements at their stadium this season, embark on a 10-day road trip beginning Monday against the Detroit Tigers.
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