Rangers closer Joakim Soria hasn’t allowed a run to any team other than the Minnesota Twins since April 12.
He’s surrendered seven to the Twinkies in that span, though, including the go-ahead run in a 3-2 Rangers loss Sunday afternoon.
For the second time in the series, Soria came on in a non-save situation. Josh Willingham singled up the middle with one out, and Kendrys Morales followed with a double just inside the chalk down the left field line to plate the winning run. The hit from Morales shot off the short brick wall in foul territory and crossed up left fielder Michael Choice.
Soria allowed four runs (three earned) to the Twins in the series opener Friday.
“That’s just part of baseball,” Soria said. “For me it happened two times in a row. You just have to move on to the next game.”
Texas starter Colby Lewis went six innings and left with the game deadlocked at two. But the Rangers couldn’t make Lewis’s first quality start in over two years stand up.
Robinson Chirinos had tied the game in the fifth inning with a solo home run over the 14-foot-high left field wall at Globe Life Park.
A two-out, RBI single to right field from Adrian Beltre put the Rangers on the board in the first inning. Beltre sent a soft liner the opposite way on a 1-2 pitch to score Shin-Soo Choo, who singled earlier in the inning.
Lewis allowed just two runs in his six innings of work, both coming in the third inning.
Twenty-year-old Jorge Polanco hit a check-swing double down the third base line to score the first Minnesota run, and Joe Mauer would add a two-out, RBI single to give the Twins a 2-1 lead.
Lewis gave up just two hits outside of the third inning, and struck out eight Twins on the day.
“It was certainly a challenge,” manager Ron Washington said. “Colby kept us in the ballgame. He did what he needed to do out there.”
Washington said Lewis featured a sharp slider and good command of his fastball Sunday. If the Rangers had a lead, Lewis might have gone back to the mound in the seventh.
Texas threatened in the second inning with runners on the corners with no outs, and again in the seventh with men on first and third with one out. Rougned Odor followed a Michael Choice strikeout with an inning-ending double play in the second, and Choice rolled into a pair to end the seventh frame.
“You have to walk up to the plate and know what needs to be done in that situation,” Washington said, “and make certain that you make the pitcher do just that.”
Odor is now batting .115 (3-for-26) in his last nine games. Choice is batting .136 in 20 games in June.
Minnesota closer Glen Perkins struck out the side in the bottom of the ninth on just 10 pitches for his 20th save of the year.
Texas embarks on a seven-game road trip starting Monday in Baltimore. First pitch is scheduled for 6:05 p.m. CDT.