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Astros Win 2 of 3 In Minnesota

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The Houston Astros wrapped up a nine-game road trip against the Minnesota Twins over the weekend at Target Field. The last time these two teams met was in the 2020 Postseason in which the Astros swept the Twins. The Astros will be looking to keep things going against the Twins, with Jose Urquidy taking the mound in game one on Friday night.

Astros Win Two of Three

Astros Game One Recap

The Astros turned to Urquidy in game one of the series against the Twins hoping to get back on the track. Over the last seven days, Urquidy had given up six runs, on nine hits, and five strikeouts in 4.1 innings pitched. On Friday night, Urquidy looked good, going seven innings, giving up three runs on four hits, striking out eight to get the win.

The Twins got on the board early in the first three innings of the game as Nelson Cruz, Miguel Sano, and Josh Donaldson each hit solo home runs off of Urquidy. However, the Astros would manage to cut into the lead with an Alex Bregman RBI sacrifice fly. Then, in the fifth and sixth innings, Jose Altuve and Yuli Gurriel would each hit solo home runs that would tie the game up, 3-3.

The Astros would take the lead in the seventh inning on a Bregman RBI ground out. However, the Twins would answer again at the bottom of the eighth as Donaldson hit his second home run off Ryne Stanek, which would tie the game at 4-4. In the ninth inning, the Astros would rally to take the lead on an RBI double by Martin Maldonado and an RBI single from Michael Brantley to take the lead, 6-4. Astros closer Ryan Pressly would come in to close the game, and the Astros would take game one, 6-4.

Astros Game Two: Not Much Offense

The Astros sent rookie Luis Garcia to start game two against the Twins. Before game two, Garcia had won his last four starts and is making a series case to be selected to the All-Star Game in Colorado. Garcia would be effective throughout the first three innings. In fourth, the Twins would get to Garcia on an RBI double from Sano. The Twins would eventually get to Garcia in the fifth after scoring three runs. Garcia would end up taking the loss after going 4.1 innings, giving up three earned runs, one walk, and striking out four hitters.

For the Astros in game two, the bats seemed to go silent. The Twins sent Jose Berrios to the mound, and he seemed to be in control for most of the night. Berrios kept the Astros hitters at bay, allowing only two earned runs on solo home runs from Kyle Tucker and Robel Garcia. Aside from the two runs, Berrios struck out eight Astros hitters in seven innings of work to win and tie the series up at a game apiece.

Astros Game Three: Hits Deluxe

Coming into the rubber match against the Twins, the Astros turned to left-handed pitcher Framber Valdez to close out the series against the Twins. Valdez looked strong in his outing as he managed to go seven innings, giving up only one earned run and three strikeouts, but the offense sealed the deal for Valdez as he was able to secure his third win of the season.

From the first inning, the Astros seemed to have the answer for everything. With every at-bat, the Astros managed to find the holes and drive in runs. Except for Bregman and Gurriel, the entire lineup had a hit. Brantley finished the game with three doubles and four RBIs. Tucker, Alvarez, and Chas McCormick all homered in the game.

The Twins did not answer the Astros offense as the Twins gave up fourteen runs on twenty hits to the Astros. However, the Astros are starting to find their groove offensively, especially when the team is about to play twenty consecutive games in a row. This will be one of the most grueling parts of the schedule, and the Astros have seemed to get hot at the right time.

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Jeff "Rip" Griffin is a current MLB writer covering the Houston Astros. Rip is also the host of The Rip Griffin Show on Apple Podcasts. Rip holds a Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology, focusing in Sports Management from the University of Houston - Victoria.