Late error costs Twins in loss to Texas Rangers


The Twins tied up their game with the Texas Rangers in the top of the eighth inning Friday, but an outfield error allowed Texas to break the tie and eventually emerge with a 6 - 2 win in Arlington.

Twins pitcher Tommy Milone made his second start since being called up from Triple-A Rochester and had a 1-0 lead in the seventh, before he allowed a two-run homer run to Rangers' Elvis Andrus, reports.

More serious damage came in the eighth inning, when Twins center fielder Aaron Hicks made a costly error. The ball bounced off his glove, allowing two Rangers to score on the play and break the tie.

The Twins are on a four-game losing streak and came into Friday's game after a  sweep by the Kansas City Royals knocked them out of first place in the American League's central division.

Brian Dozier hit a solo home run to tie the game in the eighth. It was the 12th time this season he's homered to start an inning, reports. Trevor Plouffe drove in the Twins' other run.

The Twins are sending Mike Pelfrey to the mound Saturday. In his last four starts, he's had a 0.96 ERA, with a season ERA of 2.28. Game starts at 3:05 p.m.

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