MINNEAPOLIS (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — Michael Pineda struck out a season-high nine over six efficient innings, Jason Castro had two hits and three RBIs, and the Minnesota Twins beat the Texas Rangers 7-4 on Saturday.
Pineda (6-4) gave up five hits and a run on a solo homer in the sixth inning by Elvis Andrus. The big right-hander had his most strikeouts since 2017 with the New York Yankees prior to a Tommy John surgery that sidelined him for all of 2018.
Marwin Gonzalez homered for Minnesota, which lead the majors with 166 home runs this year and matched its total from last season. Gonzalez is the 10th Twins player to reach double digits in homers, one shy of a club record set in 2016.
Taylor Rogers picked up his 12th save with 2 1/3 scoreless innings and five strikeouts.
Jesse Chavez (3-4) surrendered five runs – four earned – on five hits and two walks over five innings for Texas.
Minnesota signed Pineda to a two-year contract in free agency last year, knowing the first year of the deal would mostly be spent in rehab. He was pitching in rehab games last season before being shut down with a knee injury.
Coming back this season, the 30-year-old struggled to a 6.21 ERA in six starts through the end of April but started to show steady progress. He’s allowed one run in four of his last five starts with a 2.83 ERA over that span.
Shin-Soo Choo had three hits and Willie Calhoun added a two-run homer for the Rangers, who have lost six of seven.
The Rangers now have a 47-42 record and will play the Twins once more tomorrow afternoon at 1:10 p.m.
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