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|Saturday, 28 April 2007 11:29|
Morneau had three hits and scored three times for the Twins, who reached base 23 times - 17 hits, five walks and a hit by pitch - against five Tigers pitchers. Every player in their lineup had at least one hit, and six had at least two.
Verlander (1-1) had his first poor outing of the year, allowing five runs - three earned - and eight hits in three innings. He came into the game with a 2.08 ERA, third-best among American League starters.
Carlos Silva (2-1) wasn't sharp either, allowing 10 hits and a walk in six innings, but he held the Tigers to three runs.
The Twins scored four times in the second, helped by first baseman Sean Casey's throwing error, and added a fifth run in the third on Morneau's sixth homer.
Rangers 9, Blue Jays 8, 10 innings
TORONTO (AP) - Hank Blalock atoned for an earlier error with a sacrifice fly in the 10th inning to lift Texas to the win.
Michael Young hit a one-out double in the 10th and stole third. Mark Teixeira walked and Sammy Sosa was given a free pass from Brian Tallet (0-1) before Blalock flied out to the warning track in center to drive in Young.
Akinori Otsuka (1-0) got the win despite giving up the tying run in the ninth. Joaquin Benoit worked the 10th for his first save, getting John McDonald to fly out to center with runners on first and second to end the game.
Teixeira and Gerald Laird homered for Texas.
Frank Thomas hit his 491st career home run and Adam Lind hit a two-run drive for his second homer for the Blue Jays. Lind also homered in Toronto's 5-3 loss Friday night.