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Rangers lose 7-2 to Twins, struggle again vs. LHP

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — After all the runs the Texas Rangers scored in the first two games of their series against Minnesota, they struggled again when facing a left-handed starter.

Minnesota lefty Brian Duensing held Texas to one run over 6 2-3 innings and the Twins — after giving up 28 runs in two games started by right-handers — beat the Rangers 7-2 on Wednesday night.

Before their run-scoring barrage against Minnesota that included a 20-6 victory in the opener and then a 9-8 loss, the Rangers had managed only four singles against Toronto left-hander Brett Cecil in a 3-0 loss Sunday night.

“We just didn’t get them, that’s the only thing that I can say,” manager Ron Washington said when asked if it was just a coincidence of having another bad night against a left-hander.

Duensing (8-8) outpitched Colby Lewis (10-8), who suffered his first loss since June 11. Lewis had a personal-best winning streak of five games over the right-hander’s previous seven starts.

Lewis struck out five and walked two while allowing eight hits in 6 2-3 innings.

“It was one of those nights where I felt like I made mistakes and they didn’t hit it. Then I would make a mistake with runners in scoring position, especially with two outs and runners in scoring position in the fifth, they just put the bat on the ball and got some key hits,” Lewis said. “I just didn’t get away with very many mistakes tonight.”

Lewis has allowed an AL-high 26 homers after giving up solo shots by Joe Mauer and Michael Cuddyer.

Mauer’s two-out homer in the first inning was his first in 54 games, dating to September. He spent two months on the disabled list this season. Cuddyer led off the fourth with his 15th homer.

“He got a breaking ball up to Cuddyer and he left a fastball that he was trying to get in on Mauer up, and then Mauer popped one through the hole to get another RBI,” Washington said.

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