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.