Twins, Willingham light up Rangers 7-2


Josh Willingham popped a two-run homer and Aaron Hicks added two RBI to punch up Minnesota's 7-2 win over Texas Saturday in the third of a four-game series at Target Field.

The sixth-inning shot was Willingham's fourth of the season, put the Twins up 3-0, givings Twins pitching some breathing room.

"He's a powerful young man," said Manager Ron Gardenhire, commenting on Willingham to Fox Sports North, "and we've all seen what you can do when you make a mistake."

Pedro Hernandez (1-0) tossed five innings of five-hit, scoreless ball in his first victory of the season, according to Sports Network. It was his first major-league win.

Anthony Swarzak, Brian Duensing and Jared Burton all pitched scoreless baseball in relief.

Wilkin Ramirez, Pedro Florimon and Brian Dozier each knocked in a run for the Twins, who ended a three-game losing streak.

Mitch Moreland hit a two-run double in the ninth for the Rangers, off a misplayed fly ball by Hicks, charging closer Glen Perkins with two runs.

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