ARLINGTON, Texas (Reuters) - Texas third baseman Michael Young drove in the winning run in the seventh inning as the Rangers took a 4-3 win over the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday.
Minnesota infielder Alexi Casilla had tied the game at 3-3 with an RBI double in the top of the inning before Young's hit put the American League West-leading Rangers back in front.
"They are a club that plays the game hard and plays the game the right way," Young told reporters, of the Twins. "But we're a confident group. We like the style of baseball we play -- we've just got to stick with it."
Texas starter Colby Lewis pitched 6 1/3 innings and failed to win for the seventh consecutive start, taking the no-decision after allowing three runs.
Reliever Darren Oliver got the final two outs of the seventh with two men out, and was credited with the win while Neftali Feliz worked the ninth for his 32nd save of the year.
Twins starter Carl Pavano pitched eight innings and was tagged with the loss, falling to 15-9 on the season.
The Rangers (71-54) had also beaten the AL Central leading-Twins (72-54) 4-0 on Monday.
Minnesota rebounded quickly and took a 2-0 lead on a two RBI double from Michael Cuddyer.
But Texas answered back with one run in the third and two in the fourth where Josh Hamilton belted his 29th home run of the season.
The AL's batting leader, Hamilton has been swinging a hot bat and has three homers in his last four games.
Second baseman Andres Blanco went 2-for-3 with an RBI double in the fourth, and scored the winning run in the seventh.
Blanco is playing in place of the injured Ian Kinsler and making the most of his opportunity.
"I'm glad they gave me the opportunity," Blanco said. "It was just a great night, especially since we won the game."
(Reporting by Jahmal Corner in Los Angeles; Editing by Peter Rutherford and Alastair Himmer)