Game 152: Texas Rangers (73-77) @ Minnesota Twins (81-70)

Wednesday September 23, 1987

Twins 4, Rangers 2

A Dan Gladden RBI triple in the eighth inning started a two-run rally that was capped by a Don Baylor single on the way to the Twins’ second straight victory over the Rangers. The win, combined with an Oakland loss, dropped the magic number to “6”.

Gladden was also responsible for the home team’s other two runs as well; he hit a two run home run in the sixth inning.

Texas starter Jose Guzman actually took a no-hitter into the fifth inning, but ended up taking the loss with all four runs credited to him.

Jeff Reardon tossed his 14th straight scoreless inning in relief, and earned his 30th save of the season. He has now saved four consecutive games. From Mark Vancil’s article in the Star Tribune:

“If everything holds up, I’ll go out there every day until we win it,” Reardon said. “I felt fine, and T.K. (Kelly) just said to tell him if there’s any kind of pain. But it’s awfully hard to say no this time of the year.

“I still feel like I can go out there and do the job even if I don’t have my best stuff. I’ll rest if I feel a twinge in my shoulder or something, but I haven’t felt anything. It’s just like everyone else: You want to go out and do your job every day and try to knock the magic number down.”

Player of the Game
Dan Gladden

AL West Standings through 9/23 (Retrosheet)

Team Name                        G    W    L    T   PCT    GB    RS   RA
Minnesota Twins                152   82   70    0  .539     -   749  760
Oakland Athletics              152   77   75    0  .507   5.0   776  738
Kansas City Royals             153   76   77    0  .497   6.5   667  658
Texas Rangers                  151   73   78    0  .483   8.5   786  789
California Angels              153   72   81    0  .471  10.5   711  746
Seattle Mariners               152   70   82    0  .461  12.0   704  762
Chicago White Sox              152   68   84    0  .447  14.0   697  729

Tomorrow vs Texas: Frank Viola (L) 16-9 2.99 vs Charlie Hough 17-11 3.78
Friday-Sunday vs KC
Monday-Wednesday @ TEX
10/2-10/4 @ KC

Other Remaining Schedules (3 games unless noted)
Kansas City: @ MIN; vs SEA; vs MIN
Oakland: vs CHW (4); vs CLE; @ CHW

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