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The Minnesota Twins fall behind in eighth inning in 5-4 loss to the Texas Rangers

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A tight game was decided in the eighth inning as the Minnesota Twins fell to the Texas Rangers 5-4 on Thursday afternoon at Target Field.

Josh Willingham racked up three RBIs on two hits for the Twins. He singled in the third inning and homered in the fifth inning.

Alexi Ogando recorded the win for the Rangers. He tossed 1 1/3 innings of shutout ball. Ogando struck out two, walked two and gave up one hit.

Casey Fien was the game's losing pitcher. He pitched one inning, walked none, struck out none, and allowed one run.

The Rangers jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the top of the second. After Alex Rios singled, Shin-Soo Choo doubled, scoring Michael Choice, Rios and Leonys Martin.

The Twins brought home two runs in the third inning, and matched that run total in the fifth. In the third, the Twins scored on an RBI single by Trevor Plouffe, bringing home Danny Santana.

The Rangers tied the game in the sixth on an RBI single by Robinson Chirinos that scored Martin.

The game's last lead went to the Rangers thanks to a eighth inning rally that saw the winning run cross the plate on a sacrifice fly by Rougned Odor.

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