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Hamels Loses For 1st Time Since May; Twins Top Rangers 5-4



    Hamels Loses For 1st Time Since May; Twins Top Rangers 5-4
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    Cole Hamels of the Texas Rangers.

    Cole Hamels was knocked out in the fifth inning. It was his shortest start this season and his first loss since May 27. All of this led to the last-place Minnesota Twins beating the first-place Texas Rangers for the second consecutive day, 5-4 on Sunday.

    Brian Dozier drove in two runs and scored a pair to back Kyle Gibson (2-5), who won his second straight start after going winless in his first seven.

    Hamels (9-2) allowed five runs and 10 hits while walking three, leaving after walking his first two batters in the fifth. Hamels had won a Rangers record nine consecutive road decisions.

    Gibson gave up four runs -- two earned -- and five hits in 6 2/3 innings with six strikeouts. Brandon Kintzler pitched around Robinson Chirinos' two-out double in the ninth for his fourth save in as many chances, retiring Shin-Soo Choo on a game-ending groundout.

    Choo drove in three runs. He led off a game with a home run for the third time this year, a drive into the left-center seats. Gibson then retired eight straight batters -- he a stretch he repeated later in the game.

    Dozier hit a two-run triple in the third and scored on Robbie Grossman's single for a 3-1 lead.

    Elvis Andrus singled in a run in the fifth, but the Twins opened a 5-2 lead in the bottom half when Max Kepler singled in a run and Eddie Rosario hit into a run-scoring forceout against Tony Barnette.

    Choo hit a two-run double in the seventh off Ryan Pressley.


    Rangers: RHP Colby Lewis (right latissimus dorsi) was transferred to the 60-day DL to make room for newly promoted Michael Roth.


    Rangers: Nick Martinez (1-1) is to make his fourth start this season when the Rangers travel to Boston to open a three-game series against the Red Sox. Martinez has not had a decision in his three previous starts.

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