Mauer goes deep as Twins beat Astros, 3-1

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

The Twins have Thursday off before starting a four-game series with Kansas City at Target Field.  The Friday game starts at 7:10 p.m.

HOUSTON (AP) -- Joe Mauer homered to break a scoreless game in the sixth inning and Kyle Gibson gave up one run in 7 2-3 innings to propel the Minnesota Twins to a 3-1 win over the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park.

Mauer hit a 2-2 pitch into the right field bullpen off Brett Oberholtzer to make it 1-0. He extended his hitting streak to 15 games with a first inning single.

Gibson scattered six hits, striking out four, and allowing one earned run.

Minnesota extended the lead to 3-0 in the eighth inning when Kennys Vargas hit a two-run single into the left field gap off reliever Josh Fields.

Chris Carter singled in a run for Houston.

Glen Perkins pitched a perfect ninth inning to earn his 30th save.


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