Buxton, Maeda, Twins win 4th in row; Texas skid hits 6

Jun 20, 2021, 3:00 AM | Updated: 4:05 pm

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Byron Buxton launched an early two-run homer into the second deck, Kenta Maeda earned his first win since May 3 and the Minnesota Twins beat the reeling Texas Rangers 4-2 Sunday for their fourth straight win.

The Twins matched their longest winning streak of the season. Minnesota slugger Nelson Cruz exited with neck tightness after singling in the first inning and striking out on three pitches in the third.

The Rangers have lost six straight, equaling their longest skid of the season. They’ve dropped 19 of their last 22 games to fall 21 games under .500, their most since the end of the 2018 season (67-95).

Buxton, who returned to the lineup Saturday after missing 39 games with a strained right hip, hit his first home run since May 4. He connected eight pitches into the game, tagging Dane Dunning (2-6) after Luis Arraez led off with a single.

The Twins added two runs in the third when Max Kepler pulled a two-out single to right field scoring Trevor Larnach, and Jorge Polanco also scored when the ball scooted under Joey Gallo’s glove.

Maeda (3-2) was cruising before giving up back-to-back homers to Adolis Garcia and Gallo with one out in the sixth to end his day. He allowed five hits throwing 84 pitches in his second start since missing 20 games with a right adductor strain.

Relievers Tyler Duffey, Jorge Alcala and Hansel Robles held Texas scoreless over the final 3 2/3 innings on one hit and one walk. Robles earned his sixth save in eight opportunities.

Dunning gave up 10 hits in four innings, failing to win for his seventh straight start. His 18 first-inning runs this season are the most in the American League.


The three-game series sweep was Minnesota’s second of the season, the other coming May 24-26 at home vs. Baltimore. It was the Twins’ first road sweep since Sept. 24-26, 2019 at Detroit. … Garcia’s 18th homers are the most for a Rangers rookie before the All-Star break. He’s hit four vs. Minnesota in seven games. … Arraez, Andrelton Simmons and Larnach each had three hits. … Gallo, who won a Gold Glove last season, also had a two-base throwing error in the eighth inning.


Twins: 3B Josh Donaldson (calf tightness) missed his third straight game and is still being evaluated.


Twins LHP J.A. Happ (3-3, 6.12 ERA) will face Cincinnati RHP Tyler Mahle (7-2, 3.39) in the first of two home games vs. the Reds.

Rangers RHP Kyle Gibson (4-0, 2.09), second in the majors with a 0.96 home ERA, will open a four-game home series vs. Oakland on Monday night. Gibson will go against RHP Frankie Montas (7-6, 4.21).


More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports

Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.


Associated Press

Seattle U defeats CSU Fullerton 69-62

SEATTLE (AP) — Riley Grigsby’s 22 points helped Seattle U defeat CSU Fullerton 69-62 on Wednesday. Grigsby shot 10 for 19, including 2 for 5 from beyond the arc for the Redhawks (6-1). Cameron Tyson scored 15 points while shooting 4 for 12 (2 for 8 from 3-point range) and 5 of 7 from the […]
23 hours ago
Associated Press

House scores 17 in New Mexico’s 69-65 win over Saint Mary’s

MORAGA, Calif. (AP) — Jaelen House scored 17 points as New Mexico beat Saint Mary’s (CA) 69-65 on Wednesday. House also contributed five rebounds and six steals for the Lobos (7-0). Donovan Dent scored 13 points while going 5 of 8 and 2 of 4 from the free throw line, and added six rebounds. Morris […]
23 hours ago
Associated Press

Lowell scores 20 as Portland defeats Multnomah 100-79

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Wyatt Lowell helped lead Portland over Multnomah on Wednesday with 20 points off of the bench in a 100-79 victory. Lowell had five assists for the Pilots (6-4). Vasilije Vucinic added 16 points while shooting 8 of 9 from the field, and he also had six rebounds. Juan Sebastian Gorosito shot […]
23 hours ago
Associated Press

Shabazz scores 16, San Francisco defeats Little Rock 90-68

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Khalil Shabazz scored 16 points as San Francisco beat Little Rock 90-68 on Wednesday. Shabazz also had seven rebounds, seven assists, and five steals for the Dons (7-1). Zane Meeks shot 4 for 5 (2 for 3 from 3-point range) and 4 of 4 from the free throw line to add […]
23 hours ago
Associated Press

Harvey’s 18 lead Portland State past Portland Bible 114-31

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Bobby Harvey’s 18 points and Portland State scored the first 38 points of the game to defeat Portland Bible 114-31 on Wednesday. The Arrows, a member of the National Christian College Athletic Association, only had six players5 Harvey was 7 of 12 shooting (4 for 8 from distance) for the Vikings […]
23 hours ago
Los Angeles Lakers guard Russell Westbrook celebrates celebrates after the Lakers scored during the...
Associated Press

LeBron gets 31 in Lakers’ 128-109 rout of Dame-less Blazers

LOS ANGELES (AP) — LeBron James had 31 points, eight assists and seven rebounds, Austin Reaves added a season-high 22 points and the Los Angeles Lakers rebounded from a heartbreaking loss with a 128-109 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday night. Anthony Davis had 27 points and 12 rebounds in the Lakers’ sixth […]
23 hours ago
Buxton, Maeda, Twins win 4th in row; Texas skid hits 6