ARLINGTON (AP) ó Gerald Laird hit his first career grand slam in an eight-run fifth inning and the Texas Rangers beat the Minnesota Twins 14-4 Monday night.
Laird finished with a career-high five RBIs and Sammy Sosa had two doubles and three RBIs for the Rangers, who scored 10 or more runs in consecutive games for the first time since Sept. 14-15, 2004, against Oakland.
The Rangers equaled a season high for runs in a 14-1 rout of the Houston Astros on Sunday, then matched that total against the Twins.
Frank Catalanotto and Nelson Cruz also homered for Texas, which got at least one hit from all nine starters. Catalanotto was activated from 15-day disabled list earlier Monday after missing time with tendinitis in his right biceps.
Rangers starter Vicente Padilla (2-6) gave up two runs and five hits before exiting with two outs in the sixth after Mike Redmondís line-drive single glanced off Padillaís right hand.
Padilla, who struck out four and walked two, was not seriously injured.
Texas led 4-2 before it chased Twins starter Carlos Silva (2-5) during its highest scoring inning of the season. Kenny Lofton led off the fifth with a single and Mark Teixeira was intentionally walked with one out to put runners on first and second. Sosa then hit a two-run double.
Catalanotto and Ian Kinsler walked with two outs and Lairdís second homer of the season off reliever Julio DePaula gave Texas a 10-2 lead. Ramon Vazquez scored on shortstop Nick Puntoís scoring error, and Michael Young also singled in a run for the Rangers.