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Tepesch, Rangers edge Twins

USA Today Sports photo Texas Rangers pitcher Nick Tepesch didn’t allow a run to the Minnesota Twins over 7 1/3 innings on Friday night.

ARLINGTON, Texas — Nick Tepesch matched a career high by pitching 7 1/3 innings of shutout baseball and Adrian Beltre had three RBIs for the Texas Rangers, who held on to snap an eight-game losing skid with a 5-4 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Friday.

The 27th out proved difficult for Texas right-handed closer Joakim Soria in a non-save situation, but, despite giving up four runs in the ninth, he held the victory for Tepesch (3-3), who allowed two hits, while striking out five and walking two in winning for the first time in four starts.

Twins lose Santana

The Minnesota Twins placed shortstop Danny Santana on the 15-day disabled list Friday with a knee injury.

Santana is batting .328 with a .366 on-base percentage in 134 at-bats.

Pirates, Angels swap closers

The Pittsburgh Pirates and the Los Angeles Angels swapped late-inning relievers, with Jason Grilli going to the Angels and Ernesto Frieri to the Pirates.

The 37-year-old Grilli lost the closer’s job with the Pirates to Mark Melancon after posting an 0-2 record with 11 saves, four blown chances and a 4.87 ERA in 20 1/3 innings. Frieri, has an ERA of 6.39 in 31 innings.

with seven blown saves.