Much earlier in the evening, Twins second baseman Brian Dozier clubbed his second leadoff home run in as many days, helping the Twins end their three-game losing streak while at the same time earning their first win against the 61-win Astros this season. Prior to Saturday, Minnesota had lost seven in a row to the Astros, dating back to Aug. 9, 2016.
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However, the Astros have outscored the Twins, 52-25, in five games this season, including runs scored on second baseman Jose Altuve's solo home run in the third inning and Yuli Gurriel's RBI double in the second. The Astros held a 2-1 lead until the Twins tied it in the fifth and scored that pair off the miscue in the sixth.
Houston, though, had chances. The Astros finished 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position and left 11 men on base for the second consecutive game. Houston left the bases loaded in three innings in the loss.
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Ricochet renders two runs: In the sixth, for the second inning in a row, Astros starter Joe Musgrove loaded the bases with two singles and a walk with no outs, and he was replaced by Sipp. On Sipp's third pitch, Rosario bounced a two-run double -- which had a 19 percent hit probability, according to
Richard Dean is a contributor to MLB.com based in Houston and covered the Twins on Saturday.
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