MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Nick Punto scored on a wild pitch with nobody out in the 10th inning to lift the Minnesota Twins to a 2-1 win over the Texas Rangers on Friday night.
After striking out with two runners on in the top of the 10th and two outs, Marlon Byrd misplayed a shallow fly ball from Nick Punto, and the error allowed Punto to stretch a single into a triple.
With Joe Mauer at the plate, reliever Jamey Wright (3-5) bounced a pitch at the plate that got past catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia, and Punto dashed home to end the game.
Matt Guerrier (2-4) got the win after pitching one inning and allowing two hits.
Twins starter Carlos Silva notched another no-decision despite giving up only one run and five hits in seven innings.
His counterpart, Kason Gabbard, suffered the same tough luck. The Rangers rookie failed to notch his first road win despite six-plus solid innings.
The Twins took a 1-0 lead in the second inning when Rondell White’s groundout to short scored Justin Morneau.
Saltalamacchia tied it in the third with his first home run since being traded to the Rangers from the Braves on July 31, a 406-foot blast that landed in the right-field upper deck.