The Minnesota Twins continue a road trip Wednesday night for game three of three in Houston against the Houston Astros. Minnesota comes into Wednesday two games above .500 on the year following a two run win and extra innings in game one of this series. Sonny Gray got the start for the Minnesota Twins giving up three runs on four hits across six innings of work resulting in a no decision. The Minnesota bullpen struggled a bit giving up two runs on two hits over the next two innings before Jhoan Duran came on to pitch the final two innings and give up no runs on one hit to get the victory.
Offensively Minnesota was the better team with fourteen hits in 43 at bats including four with runners in scoring position to score seven runs. Royce Lewis led the way for the Minnesota offense with two hits and five at bats including a two run home run in the third inning to drive in four total runs. Ryan Jeffers chipped in three hits in five at bats to drive in two runs, while Michael A. Taylor added one hit to drive in one run as well.
The Houston Astros stay at home Wednesday nine games above .500 following the loss in game one of this series to end a three-game win streak. JP France got the start for Houston giving up four runs on seven hits across six innings resulting in a no decision. The Houston bullpen pitched well giving up no runs on three hits over the next two innings before Ryne Pressley came on to give up one run on two hits in one inning to blow the save. Bryan Abreu gave up two runs on two hits in the final inning resulting in the loss.
Offensively Houston struggled from the plate with only seven hits in 35 bats including just three with runners in scoring position to leave five men on base. Jose Altuve provided the only real spark of the game for Houston with a grand slam in the 7th inning to drive in four of the five Houston runs. The fifth run of the game came after Kyle Tucker grounded into a double play.