MINNEAPOLIS, MN (CBS HOUSTON) – Mother nature was kind to the Houston Astros on Wednesday night raining out a 5-0 deficit and washing it out completely going into Thursday’s double header with the Minnesota Twins.
The Astros took advantage of the reset button and beat the Twins twice by scores of 15-7 and 10-2 Thursday at Target Field.
The Astros pounded out 19 hits en route to the 15-7 victory over the Twins in the matinee of Thursday’s twin bill.
Jose Altuve gave the Astros their first lead with an RBI double to center field in the top of the first. Altuve would score on a throwing error by Twins catcher Juan Centeno to open the scoring with a 2-0 Astros lead. The double was Altuve’s 30th of the season.
The Astros would score four runs in the second including an RBI double from Alex Bregman, who started at 3B. Bregman finished the game with a pair of RBI.
Altuve continued his dominant hitting performance this season away from Minute Maid Park with four hits and a walk and increased his American League leading average to .366
Doug Fister (W, 11-7) allowed five earned runs in seven innings of work. Fister pitched into the eighth inning with a 12-3 lead, but allowed a pair of Twin runs before being pulled. Fister struck-out five and walked two.
Twins starter Jose Berrios (L, 2-3) allowed six runs (five earned) in just two innings of work to take the defeat.
Carlos Correa hit a deep homer (17) to center that traveled an approximate distance of 423 feet.
The Astros kept the momentum from their matinee slugfest into the nightcap as they slugged three home runs en route to a 10-2 win over the Twins Thursday night at Target field.
Evan Gattis started the scoring in the second inning with a three-run 398 foot homer to center to give Houston the early 3-0 advantage. George Springer would add an RBI double to give the Astros a 4-0 lead after two innings.
In the third Correa hit his second home run of the day, and his 18th of the season, another deep shot to center field that measured 440 feat to increase the lead to 5-0 Astros.
Springer, who started in center field after the release of Carlos Gomez on Wednesday, hit a two-run blast scoring Tyler White to increase the lead to 7-0.
Chris Devenski, making just his fifth start this season, allowed just two hits in five innings of work to earn his first major league win.
The Astros will travel to Toronto to begin a three-game weekend series with the Blue Jays. Joe Musgrove (0-0, 0.79 ERA) will make his second major league start on Friday against Francisco Liriano.
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