Twins’ seven-run fifth obliterates Rangers 8-1

ARLINGTON, Texas — The Minnesota Twins scored seven runs in the fifth inning to dismantle the Texas Rangers 8-1 Tuesday night at Globe Life Park in Arlington.

Starting pitcher Ervin Santana went seven innings and allowed just one run on four hits, gave up one walk, and struck out six Rangers batters. Santana improves to 4-0 on the season as he entered the game with a major league-leading ERA (0.64) and opponent batting average (.099).

Santana’s counterpart, Texas starter Andrew Cashner (0-2) was chased off the mound after four-plus innings. He had a career-high six walks, allowed five hits, and threw a wild pitch among his 92 throws to the plate.

Rangers third baseman Joey Gallo hit his team-leading seventh home run in the fifth inning, which accounted for Texas’ lone score of the game. Gallo now has five homers in the last seven games, and his seven home runs in April are the most by a Rangers since 2012 when Josh Hamilton had nine and Mike Napoli hit seven. The club record is nine, which has been reached five times in club history. Gallo’s 16 RBI are one away from tying Nomar Mazara for the team lead.

The Rangers will pitch LHP Cole Hamels (1-0) Wednesday against LHP Hector Santiago (2-1) for Minnesota. First pitch is at 7:05 p.m. on this station with pregame at 6:30.