Good thing for the AL West-leading Texas Rangers that they won't have to face Kevin Correia any more down the stretch.
They can't beat the Minnesota Twins right-hander. Correia pitched seven strong innings Sunday as the Twins won 4-2 to clinch their first series victory at Texas in four years.
"He mixed it up well," said Mitch Moreland, whose 21st homer leading off the third was the only run off Correia. "Used both sides of the plate, kept us off balance, and we didn't really create a whole lot of opportunities."
After throwing eight scoreless innings in a home victory over the Rangers in April, Correia (9-10) scattered five hits on a steamy day in Texas. He got 14 outs on the ground, including a pair of double plays.
Correia has won all three of his career starts against the Rangers, with an ERA of 1.61.
In a brief stay at home, the Rangers lost two of three while scoring exactly two runs in all three games. Texas plays its next six games on the West Coast, starting Monday with the opener of an important three-game series in Oakland.
Even though the Rangers finished August with an AL-best 20-7 record, they lost their September opener and have only a one-game division lead over the A's. Oakland wrapped up a three-game sweep against Tampa Bay with a 5-1 victory Sunday.
"We're not looking for help from anybody. We played these three games against the Minnesota Twins with the intention on winning," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "I'm not concerned with what Oakland is doing right now. We'll face Oakland on Monday when we get there, and we'll play it and when we finish, we'll leave."
A.J. Pierzynski also homered for the Rangers in the finale against the Twins, with a pinch-hit shot in the eighth.
Texas starter Travis Blackley (2-2) was gone after giving up three consecutive run-scoring hits with one out in the fifth.