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MIN@TEX: Dozier's slick stop takes hit away from Choo

ARLINGTON -- Twins manager Ron Gardenhire knew before the first pitch was ever thrown that Saturday wouldn't be easy.

It never is when Rangers ace Yu Darvish takes the mound.

"This guy's a really good pitcher ... and you can't give this guy runs," Gardenhire said before Saturday's game. "Let's see how long we can hang in there with him until we figure out a way to score runs."

But that never happened.

The Twins went scoreless Saturday, after Darvish stifled them in his eight innings of work with four hits and 10 strikeouts, for his 25th career game with double-digit strikeouts.

With a 5-0 win, the Rangers have taken the first two of a three-game series with the Twins, who have now lost 10 straight road games and five consecutive games overall. Minnesota is 17-26 in road games this season.

"He was really good -- had all of his pitches as I said before," said Gardenhire of Darvish. "He elevates the ball, gets guys chasing out of the zone, which is what we talked about ... the ball's deceptive and it jumps on you."

The 27-year-old right-hander also had run support.

The Rangers jumped to a quick lead in the second when Chris Gimenez's double to center field scored Adrian Beltre, who had singled to right, for the 1-0 lead.

They scored again in the third after an Elvis Andrus RBI groundout brought home Rougned Odor for a 2-0 advantage. Odor had led off the inning with a single to center field.

But the bats really came alive in the eighth when the Rangers scored three runs off of Twins starter Phil Hughes. Luis Sardinas' sacrifice bunt scored Andrus, and Leonys Martin's deep double to right field brought home Carlos Pena and Beltre.

"It was executed perfectly," Rangers manager Ron Washington said of Sardinas' squeeze bunt. "Sardinas deserves a lot of credit. You got a young kid up there in a tough situation. I gave him one opportunity to swing, then I put the squeeze on and he got it down." Comments