Altuve with 5 hits in double-header
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After Wednesday night's downpour at Target Field washed out a 5-0 deficit, the Astros took full advantage of Thursday's redo and impromptu double-header. Houston's offensive struggles were seemingly washed away as the Astros exploded for 25 runs in a sweep of the Twins in the twin-bill.
The Astros jumped on Twins starter Jose Berrios in the opener, knocking the rookie out with six runs on eight hits in two innings. A 3-run homer by Carlos Correa capped off a 6-run fifth inning that turned Minnesota's focus to the night game.
Doug Fister pitched into the eighth inning, affording A.J. Hinch the luxury of saving his “winning” bullpen pieces for the nightcap. Jandel Gustave pitched the final inning to seal a 15-7 victory in his Major League debut.
Chris Devenski got the start in the nightcap and delivered an outstanding performance. Working as a starter for the first time since May 15, Devenski shut down the Minnesota offense, allowing only two hits while striking out five in five scoreless innings. Meanwhile the offensive outburst continued for the Astros as they blasted three home runs to build an 8-0 lead before A.J. Hinch handed the ball to the bullpen.
26th man Kevin Chapman labored through 1-1/3 innings, allowing two runs before James Hoyt and Ken Giles silenced the Twinkies the rest of the way for a 10-2 exclamation point to the day's festivities.
George Springer totalled 5 runs, 5, hits and 6 RBI including his 23rd homer of the season. Carlos Correa hit a bomb in each game, scoring 4 runs with 4 hits and 4 RBI in the Twin-killing. Houston also got outstanding production from the catcher position as Jason Castro and Evan Gattis combined for 3 runs, 5 hits and 4 RBI.
Claiming a 3-1 victory over the Twins in the series, the Astros head to Toronto hoping to avenge last week's 3-1 series loss to the Jays. Joe Musgrove is scheduled to make his second big league start in Friday's 6:07 CDT opener against Toronto's newly acquired lefty Francisco Liriano.
- Greg Thurston