Rookie Rougned Odor drove in the lead run with a sacrifice fly in the eighth inning as the Rangers defeated Minnesota, 5-4, at Target Field on Thursday.

The Rangers won the four-game series and are 6-2 on the first two legs of an 11-game trip that ends this weekend at Washington.

For the second consecutive game, a reliever got the win. Alexi Ogando allowed three baserunners but shut out the Twins for 1 1/3 innings.

The Rangers gave rookie starter Nick Martinez a 3-0 lead on a bases-loaded double by DH Shin-Soo Choo in the second inning. Martinez gave up the advantage and allowed a season-high nine hits with four runs in 5 2/3 innings.



The arms: In the sixth, RHP Alexi Ogando retired Joe Mauer with two runners on base on a grounder. The Rangers held Mauer, a career .322 hitter, hitless for five at-bats with runners in scoring position during the series. Mauer was 2-for-17 overall in the series. … In the second, RHP Nick Martinez escaped a bases-loaded, none-out situation. He got a force at the plate and a double-play liner. … Martinez threw 108 pitches, 16 more than a previous high. He will have an extra day of rest before his next start. … Martinez allowed a season-high nine hits. Left-handed hitters were 5-for-14 and are hitting .300 for 80 at-bats against him.

The bats: RF Alex Rios extended his hitting streak to 12 games by starting the two-run second with a single. … In the second, C Robinson Chirinos and 2B Rougned Odor struck out after the Rangers loaded the bases with none out. DH Shin-Soo Choo saved the chance with a bases-emptying double. … CF Leonys Martin has three doubles in his last seven at-bats. He matched a season-high by scoring three runs.

The gloves: In the sixth, 1B Mitch Moreland prevented an error with a leaping throw of a pickoff attempt by Chirinos. … In the second, Martinez alertly flipped to the plate for a force after fielding a nubber with none out and the bases loaded.