Minnesota (20-23) at Texas (17-27)

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  • Game info: 8:05 pm EDT Mon May 21, 2007
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Carlos Silva hasn’t gotten much run support recently. He may need a lot of help from his offense Monday.

The Minnesota Twins right-hander seeks to cool off the Texas Rangers’ offense when the teams open a three-game series.

Silva (2-4, 3.56 ERA) has posted a respectable 4.26 ERA over his last three outings, but all of them have been losses as he has only received one total run of support. On Wednesday, he allowed a season-high five runs and seven hits in six innings of a 7-1 loss at Cleveland.

The Twins (20-23) have failed to score any runs for Silva in four of his eight starts this season.

“There’s nothing I can do about that,” said Silva, who is 2-3 with a 4.37 ERA in six career starts against Texas. “I’ve got to pitch. They’re not going to swing the bats for me. We all have jobs to do.”

Silva’s job may not be easy against a Rangers (17-27) lineup which appears to be hitting its stride. Texas is averaging more than seven runs over its last five games, including a 14-1 rout at Houston on Sunday to take two of three games from the Astros.

Mark Teixeira and Victor Diaz each homered twice to combine for four of the Rangers’ season-high six home runs.

Third baseman Ramon Vazquez, who was recalled from the minors to replace injured starter Hank Blalock, went 3-for-3 with a homer and a career-high five RBIs, making him 6-for-7 with two homers in two starts against the Astros over the weekend.

“He comes in here and kind of lights the fire under us and hopefully he’s going to keep doing that because his bat would be huge filling in for Hank,” Teixeira said of Vazquez, who is with his fifth major league team in seven seasons.

The Twins, meanwhile, failed to earn a three-game sweep at Milwaukee when they squandered a three-run lead Sunday and dropped the series finale 6-5. Michael Cuddyer hit a three-run homer for Minnesota, which did not score after the fourth inning.

The Twins fell to 2-4 on their nine-game road trip.

They’ll take their chances Monday against struggling Rangers starter Vicente Padilla (1-6, 5.77), who has lost his last two starts.

The right-hander endured one of his worst outings of the season Wednesday, when he allowed eight runs and 12 hits in four innings of an 11-8 loss to Tampa Bay.

The Rangers are 1-8 in games started by Padilla, who is allowing left-handed batters to hit .337 against him.

Twins first baseman Justin Morneau will try to take advantage of Padilla’s struggles against lefties and continue his own success at Texas. The reigning AL MVP hit .391 with three homers and eight RBIs in six games at Rangers Ballpark last season.

The clubs split those six meetings, but Texas won the overall season series 5-4.

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Starting Pitchers

C. Silva NYY vs. V. Padilla Bos
13-14 Record 6-10
4.19 ERA 5.76
89 K 71
36 BB 50
1.31 WHIP 1.63


Monday, May 21