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Published May 28, 2010, 10:51 PM

Twins get by Texas 2-1

Slowey improves to 6-3

MINNEAPOLIS - Kevin Slowey allowed a run pitching into the seventh and the Minnesota Twins scratched out enough offense to defeat the Texas Rangers 2-1 in a matchup of division leaders Friday night.

Joe Mauer was 1 for 3 for the only Twins RBI.

After failing to get through the sixth inning in eight of his first nine starts this season, Slowey (6-3) limited the Rangers to six hits while striking out five over 6 2-3 innings. He won for the fourth time in his past five decisions and improved to 18-6 at home since 2008.

Matt Guerrier pitched a 1-2-3 eighth for Central Division-leading Minnesota and Jon Rauch earned his 11th save.

Colby Lewis (4-3) gave up two runs on five hits over six innings for the West-leading Rangers.