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|08-11-2016, 04:20 PM||#1|
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Altuve has 4 hits, Astros beat Twins in doubleheader opener
Major league batting leader Jose Altuve got four hits, drove in three runs and scored three, sending the Houston Astros past the Minnesota Twins 15-7 Thursday in the first game of a split doubleheader.
The doubleheader was caused by a rainout Wednesday night in a game Minnesota led 5-0 in the third inning.
Altuve has eight hits in his last nine at-bats, raising his average to .366. He is hitting .438 on the road.
Carlos Correa homered as Houston got a season-high 19 hits and won for just the fifth time in 16 games. Marwin Gonzalez tied a career high with four hits.
Kennys Vargas homered from each side of the plate for Minnesota.
Twins shortstop Eduardo Escobar relieved Taylor Rogers in a three-run ninth inning and, after giving up a single, recorded three straight outs.
Doug Fister (11-7) threw seven-plus innings, allowing eight hits and five earned runs.
Jose Berrios (2-3) was ineffective for the third straight start, lasting just two innings and giving up six runs and eight hits. Since his Aug. 1 recall from Triple-A, he's allowed 12 earned runs in 13 innings.
In seven starts this season, the righty has a 9.32 ERA over 28 innings, permitting 39 hits and 14 walks.
Altuve hit an RBI double off the wall in right-center in the first inning and dashed for third base on the throw home. Catcher Juan Centeno's throw to third sailed down the left-field line, allowing Altuve to trot home.
Four straight hits with two outs in the second made it 6-0. George Springer hit a two-run double, Alex Bregman had an RBI double and Altuve singled home a run.
Correa hit his 17th homer, a three-run drive off Buddy Boshers as part of a six-run fifth inning.
Vargas snapped an 0-for-12 skid with a second-inning home run. He became the fourth player in team history to homer as both a left- and right-handed hitter in the same game with a two-run shot in the eighth off Tony Sipp.
This was Houston's 255th all-time doubleheader, but first against an American League team. The Astros were in the National League from 1962-2012.
Twins: RHP Trevor May, put on the disabled list Wednesday with a lower back strain, was scheduled to see a specialist.
Houston's Chris Devenski (0-4, 2.51) and Minnesota's Tommy Milone (3-3, 5.23) will each come out of the bullpen to start the nightcap.
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