If Nick Tepesch struggled Thursday night, his right wrist wasn’t going to be an excuse. Manager Ron Washington made that much clear before the game.

“We’re not going to blame no wrist,” Washington said.

No excuses were needed in the end — for Tepesch, who had his last start cut short after taking a liner off his right wrist, or the sleep-deprived Texas Rangers, who landed at around 6 a.m. Minnesota time after an overnight flight from California.

Behind Tepesch and a gritty relief outing by Tanner Scheppers, the Rangers held on for a 2-1 victory over the Twins at Target Field.

Tepesch flew in ahead of the team and got a good night’s sleep unlike his teammates. The seemingly unflappable 24-year-old right-hander laughed at the notion he might have had too much adrenaline the day before his start to sleep too well.

“I’m not a real ‘wirey’ guy,” Tepesch said.

That goes for on the mound, too.

Tepesch was calm and collected all night. He retired the first 12 batters he faced and didn’t allow a base runner until the fifth inning. Justin Morneau beat the Rangers’ shift with a single to right, but Tepesch responded by retiring the next three batters.

The Twins’ leadoff man reached again in the sixth, but Tepesch got Pedro Florimon to pop up and Brian Dozier to bounce into a 6-4-3 inning-ending double play.

Tepesch ran into trouble in the seventh, though.

Josh Willingham sent a solo shot over the left-field wall with one out, and then Chris Parmelee and Trevor Plouffe had consecutive two-out singles.

That ended the night for Tepesch, who allowed one run on five hits with one strikeout. He has not walked a batter over his last 19 1/3 innings.

“My game plan is to attack hitters and go right after guys,” Tepesch said. “I didn’t feel like I had anything extraordinary, but I felt like I commanded my pitches pretty well.”