MLB: Texas 9, Minnesota 3

Aug. 25, 2012 at 8:03 PM

ARLINGTON, Texas, Aug. 25 (UPI) -- Ian Kinsler knocked in four runs and Mitch Moreland launched a mammoth three-run shot Saturday in the Texas Rangers' 9-3 win over Minnesota.

Kinsler's solo home run in the first inning put the Rangers ahead for good and, after the Rangers put two runners on with none out in the second, Moreland blasted a pitch 463 feet to right field -- the third-longest homer in the history of Rangers Ballpark.

Kinsler added a bases-clearing triple, finishing 3-for-5, while Nelson Cruz and Geovany Soto each added an RBI as the American League West-leading Rangers clinched their four-game series and won for the seventh time in eight contests overall.

Ryan Dempster (3-1) notched a victory in his second straight start, yielding two runs on eight hits over six innings. He walked two and struck out seven.

Twins starter Brian Duensing (3-9) was rocked for nine runs on 10 hits in just 2 1/3 innings.

Justin Morneau went 4-for-4 with a solo homer for Minnesota, which dropped its fifth straight.

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