Fiers strikes out 11 as Astros beat Twins 5-3

HOUSTON (AP) On a day when Houston's powerful hitters were lagging, the Astros found a way to generate runs in another way.

Mike Fiers struck out a season-high 11 over seven strong innings and Nori Aoki had two hits and two RBIs to help the Astros beat the Minnesota Twins 5-3 on Sunday.

The AL West leaders took two of three from the Twins coming out of the All-Star break.

Houston trailed in the fourth before Yuli Gurriel doubled, Marwin Gonzalez walked and Aoki hit a two-run double for a 3-2 lead.

The Astros added a couple of insurance runs in the seventh thanks to alert baserunning. Jake Marisnick walked, stole second base and scored on an error by first baseman Kennys Vargas. Jose Altuve doubled, stole third and dashed home when Josh Reddick was thrown out at first on a third strike that got away.

''We were dragging a little bit today,'' manager A.J. Hinch said. ''We couldn't quite get a ton going ... we haven't been as active on the bases as we can be, but it shows that when we needed to win a game in a different way than we've won in the last couple months we've still got that weapon.''

Twins manager Paul Molitor lamented his team's inability to handle Houston's running in the seventh.

''They made some really aggressive plays and put some pressure on us, and we couldn't stop them,'' he said.

Fiers (6-4) allowed two runs on four hits and no walks. He had walked eight combined in his last two starts.

''The key right there is command,'' he said. ''When you can command all your pitches any pitch feels really confident going out there. Just command and keeping them off balance and just making good pitches. Even if they're sitting on a pitch if you throw it in the right spot it's still hard to hit.''

Ken Giles gave up a run in the ninth for his 20th save.

Vargas and Ehire Adrianza hit solo homers for Minnesota. Kyle Gibson (5-8) yielded four runs in six-plus innings.

Vargas gave the Twins a 1-0 lead with his shot to right-center in the second. The Astros tied it in the bottom half on singles by Alex Bregman, Aoki and Marisnick.

Adrianza put the Twins back on top when he hit his first homer of the season in the third.

Robbie Grossman singled with two outs in the third before Fiers retired six in a row. Adrianza singled with two outs in the fifth, but he was picked off at first to end the inning and Fiers didn't allow another baserunner before he was replaced by Chris Devenski to start the eighth.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Astros: Injured ace Dallas Keuchel will make a rehabilitation start for Double-A Corpus Christi on Monday. Keuchel hasn't pitched since June 2 because of a pinched nerve in his neck. The lefty will likely need multiple starts in the minors before he comes off the DL, but the Astros haven't yet determined exactly how many he will need. He's expected to throw two innings on Monday.

STREAKING

Altuve had two hits on Sunday to extend his hitting streak to nine games, which ties a season high. He is hitting .525 with four doubles, three homers and 11 RBIs in that span.

MAKE IT A DOUBLE

With two doubles on Sunday the Astros extended their franchise-record streak of games with at least one double to 49 games. It's the third-longest such streak in the majors since 1913 behind a 51-game streak by the Braves in 1999 and a 75-game one by the 1996 Indians.

UP NEXT

Twins: Adalberto Mejia (4-4, 4.43 ERA) will start for Minnesota in the opener of a three-game series against the Yankees on Monday. He allowed five hits and four runs in 6 2/3 innings of a 5-1 loss to Baltimore in his last start.

Astros: Lance McCullers (7-2, 3.05) is set to start for Houston when the Astros begin a three-game series with the Mariners on Monday. McCullers yielded nine hits and a season-high six runs in 4 1/3 innings of a 7-4 loss to Toronto his last time out.

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TwinsMIN46-45
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AstrosHOU62-30
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  • W: M. Fiers (6-4)L: K. Gibson (5-8)S: K. Giles (20)
  • HR: MIN - E. Adrianza (1), K. Vargas (8)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
B. Dozier 2B41100020.247.332.436.7681.0
R. Grossman LF30100110.258.383.387.7701.5
M. Sano DH40000023.270.368.524.892-1.0
M. Kepler RF30010010.263.335.441.7760.5
K. Vargas 1B41111011.247.290.437.7275.5
E. Escobar 3B30000010.270.316.433.749-0.5
E. Rosario CF30000020.286.323.456.779-1.0
C. Gimenez C20000020.198.331.377.708-1.0
a- Z. Granite PH10000000.071.188.143.3300.0
J. Castro C00000000.217.315.359.6740.0
E. Adrianza SS31211000.290.333.403.7377.0
  • a-flied out for Gimenez in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
G. Springer DH30000102.306.382.601.9831.0
J. Altuve 2B41200002.350.420.561.9816.0
J. Reddick RF40000031.309.358.502.860-1.5
B. McCann C40000021.249.325.434.760-1.0
Y. Gurriel 1B41100000.298.324.492.8163.0
M. Gonzalez SS31000120.311.394.579.9731.0
A. Bregman 3B31100112.254.338.415.7532.5
N. Aoki LF30220001.271.322.343.6645.0
J. Marisnick CF21110111.252.327.504.8315.5
    BATTING
    • HR - K. Vargas (8), E. Adrianza
    • SF - M. Kepler (2)
    • RBI - M. Kepler (40), K. Vargas (30), E. Adrianza (10)
    BATTING
    • 2B - J. Altuve (27), Y. Gurriel (26), N. Aoki (10)
    • RBI - N. Aoki 2 (14), J. Marisnick (25)
    • 2-Out RBI - J. Marisnick (9)
    BASERUNNING
    • Picked Off - E. Adrianza
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - J. Altuve (19), J. Marisnick (6)
    FIELDING
    • DP - B. Dozier, K. Vargas, E. Adrianza
    • E - K. Vargas (2)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    K. Gibson (L, 5-8)6.06444606.291.762.0
    T. Hildenberger0.11110002.701.30-2.0
    B. Boshers0.20000203.471.241.0
    R. Pressly1.00000106.831.313.5
    PITCHERSIP
    K. Gibson (L, 5-8)6.0
    T. Hildenberger0.1
    B. Boshers0.2
    R. Pressly1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    M. Fiers (W, 6-4)7.042201123.751.2730.5
    C. Devenski (H, 13)1.00000102.620.823.5
    K. Giles (S, 20)1.01111003.411.117.0
    PITCHERSIP
    M. Fiers (W, 6-4)7.0
    C. Devenski (H, 13)1.0
    K. Giles (S, 20)1.0
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - K. Gibson 107-64, T. Hildenberger 5-3, B. Boshers 12-8, R. Pressly 12-7
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Gibson 9-2, T. Hildenberger 1-0, R. Pressly 2-0
    • Batters Faced - K. Gibson 27, T. Hildenberger 2, B. Boshers 2, R. Pressly 3
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - M. Fiers 92-65, C. Devenski 7-6, K. Giles 22-13
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Fiers 3-6, K. Giles 2-1
    • Batters Faced - M. Fiers 24, C. Devenski 3, K. Giles 5
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    TwinsMIN46-45
    011000001351
    AstrosHOU62-30
    01020020X570
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    B. Dozier 2B41100020.247.332.436.7681.0
    R. Grossman LF30100110.258.383.387.7701.5
    M. Sano DH40000023.270.368.524.892-1.0
    M. Kepler RF30010010.263.335.441.7760.5
    K. Vargas 1B41111011.247.290.437.7275.5
    E. Escobar 3B30000010.270.316.433.749-0.5
    E. Rosario CF30000020.286.323.456.779-1.0
    C. Gimenez C20000020.198.331.377.708-1.0
    a- Z. Granite PH10000000.071.188.143.3300.0
    J. Castro C00000000.217.315.359.6740.0
    E. Adrianza SS31211000.290.333.403.7377.0
    Total3035321124-----
    • a-flied out for Gimenez in the 8th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    G. Springer DH30000102.306.382.601.9831.0
    J. Altuve 2B41200002.350.420.561.9816.0
    J. Reddick RF40000031.309.358.502.860-1.5
    B. McCann C40000021.249.325.434.760-1.0
    Y. Gurriel 1B41100000.298.324.492.8163.0
    M. Gonzalez SS31000120.311.394.579.9731.0
    A. Bregman 3B31100112.254.338.415.7532.5
    N. Aoki LF30220001.271.322.343.6645.0
    J. Marisnick CF21110111.252.327.504.8315.5
    Total3057304910-----
      BATTING
      • HR - K. Vargas (8), E. Adrianza
      • SF - M. Kepler (2)
      • RBI - M. Kepler (40), K. Vargas (30), E. Adrianza (10)
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Altuve (27), Y. Gurriel (26), N. Aoki (10)
      • RBI - N. Aoki 2 (14), J. Marisnick (25)
      • 2-Out RBI - J. Marisnick (9)
      BASERUNNING
      • Picked Off - E. Adrianza
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - J. Altuve (19), J. Marisnick (6)
      FIELDING
      • DP - B. Dozier, K. Vargas, E. Adrianza
      • E - K. Vargas (2)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      K. Gibson (L, 5-8)6.06444606.291.762.0
      T. Hildenberger0.11110002.701.30-2.0
      B. Boshers0.20000203.471.241.0
      R. Pressly1.00000106.831.313.5
      Total8.0755490---
      PITCHERSIP
      K. Gibson (L, 5-8)6.0
      T. Hildenberger0.1
      B. Boshers0.2
      R. Pressly1.0
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Fiers (W, 6-4)7.042201123.751.2730.5
      C. Devenski (H, 13)1.00000102.620.823.5
      K. Giles (S, 20)1.01111003.411.117.0
      Total9.05331122---
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Fiers (W, 6-4)7.0
      C. Devenski (H, 13)1.0
      K. Giles (S, 20)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - K. Gibson 107-64, T. Hildenberger 5-3, B. Boshers 12-8, R. Pressly 12-7
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Gibson 9-2, T. Hildenberger 1-0, R. Pressly 2-0
      • Batters Faced - K. Gibson 27, T. Hildenberger 2, B. Boshers 2, R. Pressly 3
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Fiers 92-65, C. Devenski 7-6, K. Giles 22-13
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Fiers 3-6, K. Giles 2-1
      • Batters Faced - M. Fiers 24, C. Devenski 3, K. Giles 5
      • 9TH INNING
        Kepler hit sacrifice fly to left, Dozier scored35
      • 7TH INNING
        Reddick struck out swinging, Altuve scored25
        Springer grounded out to third, Marisnick scored on 1st baseman Vargas fielding error24
      • 4TH INNING
        Aoki doubled to center, Gurriel and Gonzalez scored23
      • 3RD INNING
        Adrianza homered to right21
      • 2ND INNING
        Marisnick singled to shallow right center, Bregman scored, Aoki to third11
        Vargas homered to right10
      • 9TH INNING
        • Ken Giles relieved Chris Devenski
        • B. Dozier: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Dozier singled to right center
        • R. Grossman: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Grossman walked, Dozier to second
        • M. Sano: Strike swinging, Sano grounded out to second, Dozier to third, Grossman to second
        • M. Kepler: Foul, Kepler hit sacrifice fly to left, Dozier scored
        • K. Vargas: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Vargas grounded out to first
        • Middle of the 9th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Chris Devenski relieved Mike Fiers
        • E. Rosario: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Rosario struck out swinging
        • Zach Granite hit for Chris Gimenez
        • Z. Granite: Ball, Granite flied out to deep right
        • E. Adrianza: Strike looking, Adrianza fouled out to right
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Jason Castro catching
        • Ryan Pressly relieved Buddy Boshers
        • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Gurriel grounded out to third
        • M. Gonzalez: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Gonzalez struck out swinging
        • A. Bregman: Ball, Ball, Bregman grounded out to third
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • M. Fiers Pitching:
        • M. Kepler: Foul, Ball, Kepler flied out to left
        • K. Vargas: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Vargas grounded out to third
        • E. Escobar: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Escobar grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • K. Gibson Pitching:
        • J. Marisnick: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Marisnick walked
        • Trevor Hildenberger relieved Kyle Gibson
        • G. Springer: Ball, Strike looking, Marisnick stole second, Ball, Springer grounded out to third, Marisnick scored on 1st baseman Vargas fielding error
        • J. Altuve: Altuve doubled to shallow left
        • Buddy Boshers relieved Trevor Hildenberger
        • J. Reddick: Strike looking, Strike looking, Altuve stole third, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Altuve stole
        • B. McCann: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, McCann struck out swinging
        • End of the 7th (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
      • 6TH INNING
        • M. Fiers Pitching:
        • B. Dozier: Dozier grounded out to shortstop
        • R. Grossman: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Grossman struck out looking
        • M. Sano: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Sano struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • K. Gibson Pitching:
        • M. Gonzalez: Ball, Gonzalez grounded out to pitcher
        • A. Bregman: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Bregman walked
        • N. Aoki: Pickoff attempt, Aoki grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Bregman out at second
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • M. Fiers Pitching:
        • E. Rosario: Strike looking, Rosario flied out to deep right
        • C. Gimenez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Gimenez struck out swinging
        • E. Adrianza: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Adrianza singled to shallow center
        • B. Dozier: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Adrianza picked off at first, pitcher to first
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • K. Gibson Pitching:
        • J. Reddick: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Reddick struck out swinging
        • B. McCann: Strike looking, McCann grounded out to second
        • Y. Gurriel: Gurriel grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • M. Fiers Pitching:
        • M. Kepler: Strike looking, Kepler fouled out to third
        • K. Vargas: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Vargas struck out swinging
        • E. Escobar: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Escobar struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • K. Gibson Pitching:
        • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Strike looking, Gurriel doubled to left center
        • M. Gonzalez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Gonzalez walked
        • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul tip, Bregman struck out on foul tip
        • N. Aoki: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Aoki doubled to center, Gurriel and Gonzalez scored
        • J. Marisnick: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Marisnick struck out swinging
        • G. Springer: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Springer walked
        • J. Altuve: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Altuve grounded out to second
        • End of the 4th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • M. Fiers Pitching:
        • C. Gimenez: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Gimenez struck out swinging
        • E. Adrianza: Adrianza homered to right
        • B. Dozier: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Dozier struck out swinging
        • R. Grossman: Grossman singled to shallow right
        • M. Sano: Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Foul, Sano fouled out to third
        • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • K. Gibson Pitching:
        • J. Altuve: Altuve lined out to third
        • J. Reddick: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Reddick struck out swinging
        • B. McCann: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, McCann struck out swinging
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • M. Fiers Pitching:
        • M. Kepler: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Kepler struck out swinging
        • K. Vargas: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Vargas homered to right
        • E. Escobar: Ball, Foul, Ball, Escobar lined out to shortstop
        • E. Rosario: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Rosario struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 2nd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • K. Gibson Pitching:
        • Y. Gurriel: Gurriel grounded out to third
        • M. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Gonzalez struck out swinging
        • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Bregman singled to left
        • N. Aoki: Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Aoki singled to shallow center, Bregman to second
        • J. Marisnick: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Marisnick singled to shallow right center, Bregman scored, Aoki to third
        • G. Springer: Strike swinging, Ball, Pickoff attempt to first, Pickoff attempt to first, Springer grounded out to third
        • End of the 2nd (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • M. Fiers Pitching:
        • B. Dozier: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Dozier struck out swinging
        • R. Grossman: Ball, Grossman popped out to shortstop
        • M. Sano: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Sano struck out looking
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • K. Gibson Pitching:
        • G. Springer: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Springer flied out to deep center
        • J. Altuve: Altuve singled to center
        • J. Reddick: Ball, Reddick grounded out to first, Altuve to second
        • B. McCann: Ball, McCann grounded out to second
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)