RANGERS 18, TWINS 4
Yohander Mendez earned his first major league win and Nomar Mazara hit two of Texas’ six homers.
Mendez (1-1) allowed three hits and one walk while striking out two in six scoreless innings. He was making his second major league start in a season when he was a combined 2-10 with the Rangers’ top three farm teams.
Mazara hit a two-run homer in a nine-run sixth inning and a solo homer in a five-run eighth as the Rangers pounded 12 extra-base hits, tying a team record set in 1986.
Twenty-three-year-old Gabriel Moya, 11 days older than Venezuelan countryman Mendez, made his first major league start after compiling a 3-0 record in 24 relief outings.
Moya gave up a two-run homer to Elvis Andrus in the first. Zack Littell took over in the second and pitched into the sixth, when Robinson Chirinos homered to key the big inning.
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