MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The surging
"There's nothing wrong with a little adversity, especially to kind of see what we're made of," said Desmond, who leads the majors this season with five go-ahead home runs in the seventh inning or later.
After losing back-to-back games to the
"Sometimes they're gifts. They show us what are flaws are," manager Jeff Banister said.
Dyson surrendered a leadoff single in the 10th, but he struck out the next two batters and notched his 17th save in 19 attempts. Bush (3-1) pitched two scoreless innings for the win, which lifted the Rangers to a club-record 52-29 at the 81-game mark.
"It's a good number. It's a much better number than being the other way around," Banister said. "We're not going to toast to halfway."
Flip their record, and it's still three games better than the Twins (25-54).
"Obviously that fastball wasn't where he wanted it," Twins manager Paul Molitor said.
Perez retired the first 10 batters he faced and finished the fourth, fifth and sixth innings with double plays.
In the fifth, after Max Kepler sacrificed to move the runners up to second and third,
"It didn't work out. We didn't get the ball down," Molitor said.
Throwing strong in his first full season since Tommy John ligament replacement surgery on his elbow, Perez hasn't lost in eight starts. The left-hander allowed five hits and three walks in seven innings while striking out three, taking his second no-decision during that span.
IAN IS IN A GROOVE
Desmond, in his first season with the Rangers, leads the majors with 34 multi-hit games. He hit .358 in June and is tied for the team lead in homers (15) and RBIs (52), making quite the case for the All-Star team.
"He just continues to impress us every single night he goes out there," Banister said.
Brian Dozier singled before Plouffe's homer, stretching his hitting streak to a career-high 13 consecutive games during which he's hitting .431 with 12 extra-base hits and 13 RBIs. Dozier's run of 11 games in a row with at least one extra-base hit ended as the longest in a single season in the majors since