The Rangers won for the sixth time in seven games, getting 6 2/3 strong innings from rookie starter Nick Tepesch and an outstanding performance from the bullpen.
Tepesch (2-1), who left early in his previous start after taking a line drive on his right wrist, allowed a run on five hits.
Scheppers came on in the eighth and loaded the bases with one out, but he scrambled out of the inning when Josh Willingham grounded into a double play. Willingham delivered the only Minnesota run with a seventh-inning homer.
Nathan gave up a two-out single in the ninth, but then retired Ryan Doumit on a fly ball to center and collected his seventh save.
Both runs were charged to Vance Worley (0-3), who gave up six hits over five innings.
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