ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Ian Kinsler homered and drove in four runs as part of the Texas Rangers’ offensive barrage in a 20-6 rout of the Minnesota Twins on Monday night.

Kinsler had four of the Rangers’ league-best 27 hits. Mike Napoli and Nelson Cruz also had four hits as all the Rangers starters had at least two except for third baseman Chris Davis, who was hitless in six at-bats.

Michael Young also went deep and had three RBIs for Texas, which had 18 runs by the end of the fifth inning.

Things were so one-sided that Michael Cuddyer moved from right field to the mound to pitch the eighth for the Twins. Cuddyer gave up a double to Napoli, a bloop single to Mitch Moreland, and walked Kinsler with one out to load the bases.

But Cuddyer retired Elvis Andrus on a fly ball and David Murphy on a pop-up for a scoreless inning.

The last Twins position player to pitch was outfielder John Moses against California on July 31, 1990.

Derek Holland (9-4) easily won his career-high ninth game of the season, allowing an unearned run and five hits in six innings with four strikeouts to surpass his eight-win rookie season in 2009.

Josh Hamilton and Endy Chavez also drove in three runs each to help the Rangers surpass Cleveland’s output in a 19-1 blowout at Kansas City on May 16. Texas also passed the 25 hits that the Los Angeles Dodgers had against Minnesota on June 27.

Holland once again was the recipient of excellent run support, with the Rangers putting up 14 runs and 16 hits after only four innings against three pitchers.

Texas has scored at least four runs in each of Holland’s last 12 starts, with Holland going 6-3 with three no-decisions during that stretch.

AL West-leading Texas has won 15 of 18 to open a four-game pad over Los Angeles, which was beaten by Cleveland 3-2 on Monday night.

Jason Kubel hit a 449-foot homer off Arthur Rhodes in the eighth for the Twins, who’ve lost six of nine.

Minnesota starter Nick Blackburn (7-7) was knocked around for nine runs — six earned — and 11 hits in 2 2-3 innings.

The Rangers jumped to a 3-0 first-inning lead a day after they were limited to four singles by Toronto’s Brett Cecil in the Blue Jays’ 3-0 victory on Sunday night.

Andrus reached on an infield single and scored on Hamilton’s double. Young followed with his ninth homer into the right field seats on Blackburn’s 1-0 pitch.

In the second, RBI doubles by Kinsler and Hamilton and Young’s run-scoring single gave Holland a 6-0 pad, and Kinsler added a three-run blast in the third.

When Andrus followed with a single, Blackburn’s shortest outing of the season was over, matching the most runs he’s allowed in any of his 113 career starts.

Minnesota got on the board in the fourth with an unearned run aided by an error by Andrus at shortstop. After Alexi Casilla singled, Joe Mauer hit a sharp grounder that Holland gloved. Holland fired to second to start what appeared to be an easy double play, but the throw bounced off Andrus’ glove.

Casilla scored on Cuddyer’s double-play grounder, but the Rangers stretched their edge to 14-1 with a five-run fourth highlighted by Moreland’s two-run double.

Notes: The Rangers rotation has been remarkably healthy, one reason the team has surged into the lead in the AL West. Texas already has three 10-game winners in the rotation, and the Rangers have used only six starters this season, tied for fewest in the majors. “That (good health for the starters) is the key right there,” manager Ron Washington said. …CF and leadoff man Ben Revere wasn’t in the starting lineup after having played in 48 consecutive games since being recalled from Triple-A Rochester on June 2. Jason Repko made his fourth start in CF and hit leadoff for the first time in 2011. Revere was 7-for-47 (.149) during a four-game series against Detroit, dropping his batting average to .249. …The Rangers took batting practice in the indoor cages to avoid the 102-degree heat, but the Twins hit on the field, with the starters going first to get off the field as fast as possible.

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Comments (21)
  1. rcam says:

    pretty sad when Cuddyer is the best pitcher we had tonight. Awefull team! what a great investment that 23 million a year was for Mauer.

    1. Me says:

      That might be your problem. Mauer is a catcher, not a pitcher.

      1. The Architect says:

        Really? How many games will he play at catcher this year? How many did he start last year?

        He’s there for 70 games and then he’s out with a strained labia. Same story, different year.

        Now batting, #7, the Designated Hitter, Glass Joe Mauerrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!!!

        1. steve eklund says:

          labia? lol
          Bill Smith needs to go. Not trading Santana for Ellsbury and Lester was the first of many bad moves that never seem to end.

  2. zee the reporter says:

    The skid starts now for the twins this team needs help!!

  3. Pathetic says:

    This whole team is a joke especially the manager, he totally has lost this team for a team to score 20 runs against you is pretty pathetic. I feel sorry for the fans who still believe in this team, with Mauer making 23 million a year for 8 years this team will not be competitive for the same because they cannot afford signing any help because of Mauer’s contract, they put all their lumps in one bucket. What a joke.

    1. Al says:

      Fire Gardenhoser.

      1. Bill says:

        Yep, you were the same clowns that were crying for him to be fired in May. Gardy is one of the best managers in the game. If the Twins let him go, he’ll be picked up imediately by another team and he’ll have them winning in a couple years. With as many injuries to this team Gardy is doing great. One bad game or stretch of games doesn’t mean the manager lost the team. Become a student of the game before making such posts.

        1. @Billl says:

          If he is so good Bill tell me how many championships has he won? The only teams that would pick him up would be minor league teams because that is all he is able to coach. I suppose you thought Denny Green was also a great coach like Gardy.
          He has been here 10 years already and the Pohlad’s are just happy with winning divisions that way the fans don’t complain as much and they don’t want to pay for a big league coach so that is why Gardy is still here and I will guarantee you that they will NEVER win a championship under Gardenhire because he doesn’t know how to coach or run the team anymore.

          1. bill says:

            Nope, thought Denny was a horrible coach. He was an example of a coach that lost the respect of his team. The inmates ran the assylum. no respect for the coach, team, system or the game.
            You could bet that if the Yankees don’t win the world series this year they’ll be in the market for a coach and their list would include Gardy. Considering the talent he has to work with, no shut-down ace, and the number of minor leaguers that have been called up to fill massive holes in the line-up year in and year out, I’d say he does well.. Remember its not the manager that buys the talent.

            That being said, its probably time to cut ties with some of the current players such as Morneau, Young, Lariano, Capps so this money could be better spent on keeping some of the younger talent.

        2. SB says:

          Agreed. We were, what, 15 games out of first in the AL Central. Then cut it down to 5 a week ago? All in less than two months? With all of our injuries? The Yankees lost to the Blue Jays 7-16 two weeks ago; I guess that means they suck? THis isn’t college football where one game is 10% of your season. One game in MLB is 0.6% of your season.

          Loved Mike #5 pitching. That was fun to watch.

  4. Gloria says:

    Good job, Michael C.; at least you didn’t give up any runs.

    That was a pathetic game; I was hoping we could pull out of this season’s slump, and we were looking good for a couple of weeks. Something has to change—-and quickly!!

  5. buzzcut says:

    It was hot too damn hot and they are tired of playing everyday
    with double-header mixed in. They simply gave up tonight, tomorrow and the day after that. Maybe, by Friday, they will feel rested. Friday, Friday, Friday.

    1. Me says:

      Very true. The Twins cannot play in hot weather. Plus, the Rangers are on fire right now.

  6. ERA? says:

    Does Cuddyer have the lowest ERA of all of the Twins pitchers now? I think this is his first game pitching this year so that 0.00 is pretty tough to beat!

  7. Brian says:

    And Bill Smith calls this team a contender. Ha, LMAO! When Cuddyer is your best pitcher. Rangers were playing batting practice last night. I hope someone realizes the bad decisions that the front office of this team has made.

  8. Season Over says:

    Whats up with the twins when it is snowing and cold out they play like crap. Apr 27 vs Rays. Now this game and the double header vs the Indians last week. I saw the reason they were so good was the dome was always 70 degrees in it.

  9. Michelle says:

    what a bunch of cry baby posts! we don’t need people like you as fans anyways. It’s called a slump plain and simple it happens Get over it!!!!!!!

  10. JOHN says:

    Mark and Tag the season its over and this team is in complete disarray and so lacking in pitching talent and the import can go back to japan you can’t hit by sidestepping out of the box and wave at it the whole thing is sad alot hitters who only hit grounders and double play balls