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"I had to put somebody out there and he would have killed me if I would have put anybody else out there," said Gardenhire, who had used five pitchers before Cuddyer and wanted to save a few relievers for Tuesday night's game against Texas."
Kinsler had four of the Rangers' league-best 27 hits as Texas became the first team to score 20 runs since Milwaukee beat Pittsburgh 20-0 on April 22 last season. The Rangers had 18 runs by the fifth inning as they scored three runs in each of the first three innings. Texas added five in the fourth and four in the fifth.
Napoli and Nelson Cruz also had four hits as every Rangers starter had at least two except for third baseman Chris Davis, who was hitless in six at-bats. Michael Young also went deep and had three RBIs for Texas.
Rangers starter Derek Holland (9-4) set a career high for victories, allowing an unearned run and five hits in six innings with four strikeouts to surpass his eight-win rookie season in 2009.
Josh Hamilton and Endy Chavez also drove in three runs each to help the Rangers surpass Cleveland's output in a 19-1 blowout at Kansas City on May 16. Texas also passed the 25 hits that the Los Angeles Dodgers had against Minnesota on June 27.
Jason Kubel hit a 449-foot homer off Arthur Rhodes in the eighth for the Twins, who have lost six of nine.
Minnesota starter Nick Blackburn (7-7) was knocked around for nine runs -- six earned -- and 11 hits in 2 2-3 innings.
Blackburn simply couldn't keep the ball down. And even when the Rangers didn't hit the ball well, it often found a hole.
"I don't think I threw more than two or three pitches below the knees all night," Blackburn said. "For a sinkerball pitcher, that's no way to be successful. Obviously, you're not happy losing 3-2 or 20-6. It's very frustrating."
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