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Minnesota at Houston

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W: C. Thielbar (3-2) L: K. Chapman (0-1) S: J. Roenicke (1)
HR: MIN - B. Dozier (17),T. Plouffe (14)   HOU - C. Carter (27),B. Barnes (7)

Twins 9, Astros 6 (12)

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HOUSTON -- One night after staging an impressive comeback victory, the Minnesota Twins found themselves on the other side of an impressive rally.

They managed to stick around long enough to get the win.

Clete Thomas scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch in the 12th inning and Darin Mastroianni added a two-run double, helping the Twins beat the Houston Astros 9-6 on Tuesday for their third straight win.

"A long one but a good one for us," Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire said.

Thomas reached on a fielder's choice and went to third on Josmil Pinto's double. Kevin Chapman (0-1) then uncorked a wild pitch with pinch-hitter Ryan Doumit at the plate.

Mastroianni provided a couple of insurance runs when he doubled with two down as Minnesota recovered after Glen Perkins blew a save opportunity in the ninth.

"We haven't lost a lead too many times with Perk in the game; he just didn't have his stuff," Gardenhire said. "He said it -- he couldn't locate the baseball."

Brian Dozier and Trevor Plouffe homered for Minnesota, which improved to 5-0 against major league-worst Houston. Plouffe and Pinto had four hits apiece, and Mastroianni went 3 for 6 with three RBI.

"Chapman threw me a slider, and I thought it was a ball but the umpire called it a strike," Pinto said of his key double in the 12th. "I told myself to try a little harder and the next pitch was a slider and I hit it."

Brandon Barnes had three hits and five RBI for the Astros, including a tying three-run homer off Perkins with two out in the ninth.

"[Minnesota] ended up doing a little bit more than we did," Astros manager Bo Porter said.

Caleb Thielbar (3-2) pitched two hitless innings for the victory and Josh Roenicke finished for his first save.

Barnes and Marwin Gonzalez walked with one out in the 12th, but Roenicke retired the next two batters to get out of the jam.

The Twins won 10-6 in Monday's series opener by scoring five times in the last two innings, including Chris Colabello's tiebreaking grand slam in the ninth. But Houston responded with its own comeback in the second game.

With two out and none on in the ninth, Perkins hit Brett Wallace with a pitch and L.J. Hoes then singled to right to put runners on the corners. Perkins got ahead of Barnes 0-2 before he sent the next pitch over the wall in right for his seventh homer.

"We've been fighting," Barnes said. "We've been on the wrong side of some games, but we fight. We battle. We're young and we're still learning."

The Twins got to Jarred Cosart for two in the first and two more in the third while building a 4-1 lead. Dozier went deep in the first and Plouffe added another two-run shot in the third after Cosart walked Josh Willingham on four pitches with two out.

Cosart, who entered with a 1.59 ERA through eight starts, gave up four runs and five hits in four innings. He struck out five and walked three.

"It's kind of what everyone's been waiting for," Cosart said of his outing. "I didn't get the results. A starter's job is to keep the team in the game and give us a chance to win the game. I didn't do that today."

Chris Carter hit his 27th homer in the second for the Astros, and Barnes' two-run single cut Minnesota's lead to 4-3 in the seventh. But Houston lost a chance for a bigger inning when Barnes was thrown out at the plate when Gonzalez was caught between first and second.

Pedro Hernandez allowed two runs and six hits in six-plus innings for the Twins. It was his first start since being recalled from Triple-A Rochester on Aug. 30 after Samuel Deduno went on the 15-day disabled list with a right shoulder injury.

"We used a lot of pitching," Gardenhire said. "Our starter was good; Hernandez was fine. We had like a 70- to 80-pitch limit on him and he was pretty close to right around there."

Notes

Astros All-Star C Jason Castro was out of the lineup after spraining his right knee on Monday. "The good news is that there's no structural damage," Porter said. "He's day to day and he's obviously sore right now." Castro said he had a cyst drained Tuesday. ... Astros 3B Matt Dominguez was out of the lineup with a stomach illness. ... The Astros acquired C Matt Pagnozzi from Atlanta for cash. Houston transferred RHP Edgar Gonzalez to the 60-day disabled list to make room for Pagnozzi on the roster.

 
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Players of the Game
Minnesota

T. Plouffe
AB 6
R 1
H 4
HR 1
RBI 2
Houston

B. Barnes
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 5
 

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Minnesota Twins
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Alex Presley, CF7121025 .279
Darin Mastroianni, LF6133002 .250
Brian Dozier, 2B6112100 .245
Josh Willingham, DH5100213 .207
Trevor Plouffe, 3B6142011 .245
Chris Colabello, 1B5020123 .202
Oswaldo Arcia, RF3000125 .251
   Clete Thomas, RF2100002 .229
Josmir Pinto, C5240110 .667
Pedro Florimon, SS5000012 .224
   Doug Bernier, PR-SS0100000 .245
Totals509168710  
a-walked for Florimon in the 12th
Batting
2B - Alex Presley (2, De Leon), Darin Mastroianni (2, Chapman), Chris Colabello (2, Cosart), Josmir Pinto (2, Chapman)
HR - Brian Dozier (17, Cosart), Trevor Plouffe (14, Cosart)
SF - Darin Mastroianni (1)
RBI - Alex Presley (6), Darin Mastroianni 3 (4), Brian Dozier 2 (60), Trevor Plouffe 2 (45)
2-OUT RBI - Darin Mastroianni 2 (3), Trevor Plouffe 2 (15)
CS - Alex Presley (3, 2nd base by Zeid/Clark)
Team LOB - 13
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Alex Presley 1
DP - Plouffe-Dozier-Colabello, Plouffe-Dozier-Colabello-Plouffe-Dozier-Colabello, Plouffe-Dozier-Colabello-Plouffe-Dozier-Colabello-Florimon-Dozier-Colabello
E - Josmir Pinto (1, Dropped fly)
Minnesota Twins
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Pedro Hernandez 6622031 5.19
Casey Fien (H,16) 0.2111110 4.04
Brian Duensing (H,14) 0.1000100 3.59
Jared Burton (H,25) 1000000 3.73
Glen Perkins (BS,4) 1333001 2.63
Caleb Thielbar (W,3-2) 2000020 1.22
Josh Roenicke (S,1) 1000210 2.91
WP - Brian Duensing (5)
HBP - Wallace (by Glen Perkins)
Pitches-Strikes - Pedro Hernandez 70-42, Casey Fien 14-8, Brian Duensing 9-3, Jared Burton 20-13, Glen Perkins 21-13, Caleb Thielbar 23-15, Josh Roenicke 25-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Pedro Hernandez 5-7, Casey Fien 1-0, Jared Burton 1-2, Glen Perkins 2-0, Caleb Thielbar 1-3, Josh Roenicke 1-1
Batters Faced - Pedro Hernandez 21, Casey Fien 4, Brian Duensing 1, Jared Burton 3, Glen Perkins 6, Caleb Thielbar 6, Josh Roenicke 5
Houston Astros
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Robbie Grossman, DH5020000 .268
   a-Matt Pagnozzi, PH-DH1000002 .000
Jose Altuve, 2B5000002 .272
Trevor Crowe, LF5120000 .229
Chris Carter, 1B5111022 .217
Brett Wallace, 3B3200120 .223
L.J. Hoes, RF5110010 .260
Brandon Barnes, CF4135100 .245
Jonathan Villar, SS1010000 .266
   Marwin Gonzalez, SS2000201 .217
Cody Clark, C4000010 .000
   b-Jake Elmore, PH1000012 .243
Totals41610647  
a-grounded out for Grossman in the 12th
b-struck out for Clark in the 12th
Batting
HR - Chris Carter (27, Hernandez), Brandon Barnes (7, Perkins)
RBI - Chris Carter (73), Brandon Barnes 5 (36)
2-OUT RBI - Brandon Barnes 5 (18)
CS - Brandon Barnes (9, )
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - M. Gonzalez-Altuve-Carter
E - Marwin Gonzalez (10, Misplayed grounder)
PB - Cody Clark (2)
Houston Astros
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jarred Cosart 4544352 2.13
Lucas Harrell 3400220 5.69
Jorge De Leon 1221000 10.13
Josh Zeid 3200030 5.63
Kevin Chapman (L,0-1) 1333200 2.53
WP - Lucas Harrell (7), Kevin Chapman (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Jarred Cosart 90-50, Lucas Harrell 63-32, Jorge De Leon 13-9, Josh Zeid 41-29, Kevin Chapman 29-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jarred Cosart 3-4, Lucas Harrell 4-2, Josh Zeid 4-2, Kevin Chapman 2-1
Batters Faced - Jarred Cosart 20, Lucas Harrell 14, Jorge De Leon 5, Josh Zeid 11, Kevin Chapman 8
Game Information
Attendance - 13500
Game Time - 4:18
Temperature - 73
Umpires - Home - Sam Holbrook, First Base - Andy Fletcher, Second Base - Rob Drake, Third Base - Joe West