Houston News & Search
MINNEAPOLIS — Jose Altuve and Alex Bregman did enough offensively to back a strong start by right-hander Mike Fiers, as the Astros ran their winning streak to a season-high six games by pushing past the Twins, 7-2, on Tuesday night at Target Field.
Fiers recovered after a shaky first inning, tossing six innings of two-run ball while allowing five hits. Fiers, who has allowed 18 home runs this season, did not give up a long ball to the Twins. It marked the first time all season Fiers did not give up a homer in a start The two runs charged to him came on a bases-loaded walk to Eddie Rosario and a RBI single by Byron Buxton.
Altuve finished the evening 4-for-5, including a decisive two-run single in the fifth inning. Bregman halved the early deficit with a sacrifice fly in the third and then crushed a solo shot in the seventh. According to Statcast™, Bregman’s homer traveled an estimated 401 feet with an exit velocity of 103.7 mph.
Minnesota right-hander Jose Berrios was handed his first loss of the year after three strong outings to begin his second campaign. Berrios lasted just five innings, his shortest outing this season, while giving up four runs off five hits and issuing four walks. He also ended his Major League-leading active streak of 14 1/3 consecutive innings without allowing a two-strike hit, which came courtesy of a fifth-inning single by Bregman.
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Altuve’s road rage: Following consecutive one-out singles, Altuve seized control of the game in the fifth. The second baseman smacked a first-pitch curveball off Berrios, driving in a pair of runs to break the 2-2 deadlock. Altuve has now hit safely in all 13 career games at Target Field, including five three-hit showings in his last six games at the ballpark. Altuve is now batting .439 (36-for-82) away from Houston this year.
Fiers faces trouble: The Twins appeared poised for a big opening frame, as Fiers struggled to locate the strike zone at first. Fiers retired just two of the first seven batters he faced, including a pair of free passes, which loaded the bases. Fiers froze former teammate Jason Castro — who caught his no-hitter in 2015 — on a 2-1 heater to keep the deficit at just two runs. The fastball to end the first inning was his 30th pitch of the inning.
Shane Jackson is a reporter for MLB.com based in Minneapolis.
This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
Houston News & Search