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Mauer leads Twins to 4-2 win over Astros

AP Sports Writer

HOUSTON (AP) Monday was a day of ups and downs for Joe Mauer.

Luckily for Minnesota's star first baseman the long day ended on a positive note.

Mauer had two hits in his return from the disabled list, including a go-ahead RBI single in the ninth inning, to help the Twins to a 4-2 win over the Houston Astros on Monday night.

Mauer was elated to rejoin his team after a 34-game stint on the disabled list with a strained muscle in his right side. But his excitement was tempered when Josh Willingham, one of his best friends on the team, was traded to the Royals just before the game.

''I was on a high coming in and seeing everybody and then to see one of our guys go out that was pretty tough,'' he said. ''But then to win the ballgame was a good way to end it.''

A pair of walks by Josh Fields (2-5) left runners at first and second with two outs in the ninth when Mauer hit a groundball single to left field that scored Jordan Schafer. Brian Dozier also scored on the play when rookie left fielder Domingo Santana held the ball for several seconds before throwing it in.

''I just panicked,'' Santana said. ''I was just trying to throw the ball to the cutoff man, but I just panicked.''

Mauer, who doubled in the third inning, extended his hitting streak to 13 games in his first game since July 1.

''This guy, I've always said he can get right out of bed and hit,'' Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire said.

Brian Duensing (3-2) got the last two outs of the eighth inning for the win and Glen Perkins pitched a scoreless ninth for his 29th save.

Chris Carter and Jose Altuve both had solo homers for Houston and Jake Marisnick had a career-high four hits. Carter connected for his 26th homer to make it 2-2 in the fifth inning.

Tommy Milone allowed eight hits and two runs in his debut with the Twins after being traded from Oakland for Sam Fuld on July 31.

''Good to get the first one out of the way,'' Milone said. ''Obviously going out there with a new team you want to pitch well and I felt like I did that.''

Houston starter Brad Peacock allowed seven hits and two runs in five innings.

Eduardo Escobar was at third with two outs in the fourth when an error by Peacock on a pickoff attempt at first base allowed him to score and make it 2-1. First baseman Jon Singleton crashed into first base umpire Bill Welke and knocked him to the ground as he chased the ball. Welke was OK but got up slowly and kept trying to brush the dirt off his uniform for more than an inning.

The Twins took a 1-0 lead in the first on Plouffe's fielder's choice.

The Astros tied it up in the bottom of the inning on Altuve's homer.


Minnesota: RHP Ricky Nolasco (elbow) made his second rehabilitation start for Class A Cedar Rapids on Sunday and Gardenhire said that he should make his next start for the Twins.

Houston: OF Alex Presley (strained right side) will begin a rehabilitation assignment with short-season Class A Tri-City on Tuesday. Presley expects to come off the DL sometime during Houston's upcoming road trip to Boston and New York.


Houston's Collin McHugh opposes Yohan Pino when the series continues on Tuesday night. Pino is looking for his first win since July 10 and McHugh will try to snap a six-game skid.

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Players of the Game

J. Mauer
AB 4
R 0
H 2
HR 0

J. Altuve
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1

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Minnesota Twins
Danny Santana, CF5130002.322.362.476
Brian Dozier, 2B4110101.240.340.427
Joe Mauer, 1B4021101.274.346.358
Kennys Vargas, DH5010024.286.348.381
Trevor Plouffe, 3B4011012.249.321.403
Kurt Suzuki, C4000015.301.362.385
Chris Parmelee, RF4010021.253.306.389
Eduardo Escobar, SS3120110.278.320.403
Jordan Schafer, LF3100113.182.270.242
Tommy Milone, P0000000.000.000.000
   Ryan Pressly, P0000000.000.000.000
   Brian Duensing, P0000000.000.000.000
   Glen Perkins, P0000000.000.000.000
2B - Brian Dozier (23, Peacock), Joe Mauer (18, Peacock), Eduardo Escobar 2 (31, Peacock)
RBI - Joe Mauer (29), Trevor Plouffe (55)
2-OUT RBI - Joe Mauer (10)
SB - Jordan Schafer (20, 2nd base off Fields/Castro)
CS - Danny Santana (3, 2nd base by Buchanan/Castro)
Team LOB - 9
DP - Dozier-Escobar-Mauer
E - Tommy Milone (1, Throwing)
Minnesota Twins
Tommy Milone 6822352 3.52
Ryan Pressly 1.1000010 0.82
Brian Duensing (W,3-2) 0.2000010 2.30
Glen Perkins (S,29) 1100010 2.68
Pitches-Strikes - Tommy Milone 97-58, Ryan Pressly 14-10, Brian Duensing 16-10, Glen Perkins 15-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tommy Milone 4-7, Ryan Pressly 1-2, Glen Perkins 2-0
Batters Faced - Tommy Milone 27, Ryan Pressly 4, Brian Duensing 2, Glen Perkins 4
Houston Astros
Robbie Grossman, RF5000014.198.329.312
Jose Altuve, 2B4121000.336.373.444
Chris Carter, DH3111100.227.302.504
Matt Dominguez, 3B4010012.233.273.358
Jason Castro, C4000013.231.296.382
Domingo Santana, LF4000031.000.056.000
Jon Singleton, 1B3010110.193.283.382
Jake Marisnick, CF4040000.233.264.244
Gregorio Petit, SS3000112.258.281.387
Brad Peacock, P0000000.000.000.000
   Jake Buchanan, P0000000.000.000.000
   Josh Fields, P0000000.000.000.000
HR - Jose Altuve (5, Milone), Chris Carter (26, Milone)
RBI - Jose Altuve (35), Chris Carter (61)
CS - Jake Marisnick (1, 2nd base by Milone/Suzuki)
Team LOB - 8
Outfield Assists - Robbie Grossman 1
DP - Singleton
E - Jake Buchanan (1, Missed catch of throw), Brad Peacock (2, Throwing)
PB - Jason Castro (9)
Houston Astros
Brad Peacock 5721150 5.25
Jake Buchanan 3300110 4.30
Josh Fields (L,2-5) 1122220 4.84
Pitches-Strikes - Brad Peacock 115-77, Jake Buchanan 37-25, Josh Fields 30-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brad Peacock 2-8, Jake Buchanan 4-2
Batters Faced - Brad Peacock 23, Jake Buchanan 11, Josh Fields 6
Game Information
Attendance - 15569
Game Time - 3:20
Temperature - 73
Umpires - Home - Bob Davidson, First Base - Bill Welke, Second Base - James Hoye, Third Base - Adrian Johnson