Byrd is in driver's seat for Rangers

Associated Press

Marlon Byrd drove in three runs and Texas defeated Minnesota, 8-5, Monday.

Josh Hamilton had two hits and scored twice, and David Murphy drove in two runs for the Rangers, who led, 7-2, after the second inning.

Tommy Hunter (6-2) won his third consecutive start, giving up four runs and four hits in 5 2/3 innings.

Twins All-Star first baseman Justin Morneau left in the fourth inning after experiencing dizziness.

Joe Mauer was three for five and hit a home run for the Twins.

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