ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) _ Juan Gonzalez hit a grand slam and RBI single during an 11-run first inning that included three home runs Monday night, powering the Texas Rangers past the Minnesota Twins 12-5.

Rusty Greer hit a three-run homer and Benji Gil connected for a solo shot as the Rangers sent 15 batters to the plate in the opening inning against rookie pitchers Scott Klingenbeck and reliever Oscar Munoz.

The big burst featured eight hits and three walks and came a day after Texas scored six runs in the first inning of a 6-4 win at Chicago. The Rangers, leading the AL wild-card race, won for the seventh time in nine games.

Gonzalez's five RBIs in an inning was one short of the major league mark accomplished 11 times. Boston's Carlos Quintana most recently had six in 1991.

The Rangers' record for runs in an inning is 12, done in the 15th inning against Oakland on July 3, 1983. The 11 runs tied a Twins' mark for most allowed in an inning.

The post-1900 major league record for runs in an inning is 17 by the Boston Red Sox in 1953 in the seventh against Detroit. In that game, Gene Stephens became the only player since 1900 to get three hits in an inning.

Will Clark had an RBI triple and Ivan Rodriguez added a run-scoring singles to help the Rangers to the second-highest scoring inning in club history. Gonzalez also doubled in the fourth.

Danny Darwin (3-10) took advantage of the early lead to win for the second time in four decisions since joining the Rangers on Aug. 3. Darwin pitched seven innings and allowed four runs and nine hits.

Klingenbeck (2-4) lasted two-thirds of an inning in his 10th major league start, giving up seven runs and six hits.

Otis Nixon began the first with a double, moved up on a sacrifice and scored on Clark's triple off the wall in right-center. Gonzalez singled, Mickey Tettleton walked and Rodriguez singled home a run.

Greer followed with his ninth homer. One out later, Gil hit his ninth homer, a solo shot to end Klingenbeck's outing.

Nixon drew a walk off Munoz, Mark McLemore singled and Clark walked to load the bases for Gonzalez, who hit his fourth career grand slam and 17th homer of the season.

The Twins got a run in the second on Ron Coomer's third homer. Marty Cordova hit a two-run homer in the Minnesota sixth.

Greer had an RBI double.

Notes: Rangers pitcher Darren Oliver will undergo arthroscopic surgery to repair a partially torn left rotator cuff later this week and is out for the rest of the season. ... The Twins are 1-7 against the Rangers this season. ... Bob Tewksbury will start for the Rangers' Port Charlotte minor league team on rehabilitation assignment Tuesday night. Tewksbury has been sidelined since July July 23 with a stress fracture in his left ribcage.