TORONTO (AP) -- The Minnesota Twins won their first game in a week with a rare hitting display.
Corey Koskie drove in three runs as the Twins ended a six-game losing streak with a 6-4 victory over Toronto on Friday night.
The Twins scored more than three runs for just the second time this season. They entered the game with a major league-worst .166 batting average with runners in scoring position.
"We were struggling," Koskie said. "It started to get frustrating, but tonight we were able to score some runs."
Toronto started Minnesota's losing streak with a three-game sweep at the Metrodome last weekend. The defending AL Central Division champion Twins also were swept by the New York Yankees.
"It's been a long time since we won a baseball game," manager Ron Gardenhire said. "You always tell yourself it's not that big of a deal, but believe me, when it starts to add up, you need a win. That was a big win for us. It's a morale booster."
Minnesota's Luis Rivas, who went 3-for-4, hit a tying triple in the seventh inning off Cory Lidle (1-2) and Jacque Jones followed with a sacrifice fly to make it 5-4.
Kenny Rogers (1-0) allowed four runs on seven hits in six innings in his second start with the Twins. The 39-year-old left-hander, signed as a free agent on March 13 after Eric Milton injured his left knee, struck out five and walked two.
"We needed a win to turn the tide," Rogers said. "Everyone is pressing and trying to do a little more. I'm trying to do more than I'm capable of by throwing the ball a little harder. That can put you in a funk."
LaTroy Hawkins pitched the seventh, J.C Romero worked a hitless eighth and Eddie Guardado pitched a perfect ninth for his second save.
The Twins' bullpen has allowed just one earned run in the past 26 innings.
"The bullpen has been great all year. If we don't have the best bullpen in the game, we have one of the top two," Rogers said.
Lidle struck out a career-high nine, but he gave up five runs on seven hits in 6 1-3 innings.
"I threw the ball real good," Lidle said. "The fourth inning was the inning that killed me. We got a two run lead and I relaxed too much."
Shannon Stewart's RBI double and Frank Catalanotto's sacrifice fly gave Toronto a 2-0 lead in the third.
Koskie's two-run double and Matthew Lecroy's two-out RBI double gave Minnesota a 3-2 lead.
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