Astros take two from Twins and extend win streak to 10 games

MINNEAPOLIS — Luis Garcia and three relievers combined on a seven-hit ball, Yordan Alvarez homered twice and Jeremy Peña capped a big day with three hits as the Houston Astros extended their winning streak to 10 games with a 5-game win. 0 over the Minnesota Twins. Thursday.

Houston completed a three-game sweep. Prior to the regularly scheduled game, the teams completed a game suspended after three innings Wednesday night due to severe weather. José Altuve homered, doubled and drove in three runs in the 11-3 victory.

The Astros have allowed just 11 runs during the streak with five shutouts and a 0.90 ERA during that stretch.

Garcia (3-1) allowed five hits and two walks and struck out nine in five innings to win his second straight start. Josh Winder (2-1) to loss.

The Astros led 5-1 after three innings Wednesday night when play was suspended due to heavy rain and lightning. Kyle Tucker homered for the Astros. Bryan Abreu (2-0) got the win in relief of Jose Urquidy, who allowed one run in three innings before play was suspended. Abreu allowed one run and struck out four in two innings pitched.

Chris Archer (0-1) allowed four earned runs on five hits and three walks in three innings.


CHICAGO — Giancarlo Stanton homered twice and drove in six runs, and New York used a seven-run eighth inning to beat Chicago for the fourth straight win.

Aaron Judge and Josh Donaldson also connected for major league-leading New York in the opener of an eight-game road trip. Judge had four RBIs and Donaldson drove in three runs as New York won for the 16th time in 18 games.


Yoán Moncada hit his first homer of the season, a three-run shot to center off Jonathan Loáisiga (1-1) in the seventh. Joe Kelly (0-1) took the loss.

Chicago right-hander Dylan Cease matched his career high with 11 strikeouts in four innings, but was tagged for a season-high six runs along with six hits. The White Sox had won seven of eight.


WASHINGTON — Taijuan Walker pitched seven shutout innings as the New York Mets went undefeated in 10 series this season, beating the sloppy Washington Nationals 4-1 on Thursday.

Mark Canha went 3-for-4 with a home run and three RBIs for the NL East-leading Mets, who took two of three from the last-place Nationals. New York has won nine series and split one, and hasn’t lost two straight in a month.

Walker (1-0) allowed three hits and walked one, combining for a four-hit ball.

Joan Adon (1-6) walked five of her first 10 batters.


DETROIT — Seth Brown hit a tiebreaking two-run homer in the eighth off Michael Fulmer (1-2) off Jed Lowrie’s walk, sending Detroit to its ninth loss in 10 games.

Oakland came in on a nine-game losing streak and won four of five from the Tigers.

AJ Puk (1-0) pitched two shutout innings for his first win since beating Kansas City on Sept. 17, 2019. He missed the 2020 season with shoulder problems and was limited to 13 1/3 innings in 2021. Dany Jimenez pitched the ninth for his sixth save.


ST. LOUIS — Rylan Bannon became just the third Baltimore player since 2000 to hit on the first pitch of his major league career, Jorge Mateo and Anthony Bemboom homered off Steven Matz (3-3). .

Keegan Akin (1-0), the second of six Orioles pitchers, got just his fourth win in 16 major league decisions, allowing one hit over 2 2/3 scoreless innings and striking out four in a bullpen day to the Orioles. Felix Bautista got four straight outs for his second save of the series and season.

Dylan Carlson hit a solo homer and Nolan Arenado added a sacrifice fly in the eighth for St. Louis.


PITTSBURGH — Connor Overton earned his first major league win and combined with two relievers on a four-hit ball for Cincinnati’s first shutout of the season.

Overton (1-0) allowed three hits and four walks in 6 1/3 innings with one strikeout. The 28-year-old right-hander got nine outs on ground balls.

Tyler Stephenson had three hits and two RBIs. Colin Moran and Tyler Naquin also drove in runs.

Pirates starter JT Brubaker (0-3) allowed two runs on four hits in five innings.


ARLINGTON, Texas — Taylor Hearn allowed just one hit in five shutout innings, Brad Miller homered, and Texas defeated Kansas City.

The Royals’ first punch literally came off Hearn. Michael A. Taylor sent a line drive down the center of the pitcher’s leg that continued to the left of second base and into left field with two outs in the second inning.

Hearn (2-2) walked three and struck out five.

Joe Barlow pitched a scoreless ninth, retiring Whit Merrifield on a groundout with two runners on for his sixth save in six chances.

Jonathan Heasley (0-1) allowed four hits and four runs in 3 1/3 innings in his first major league appearance this season.


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