Twins blast Astros in rubber match of 3-game set

May 31, 2023; Houston, Texas, USA; The Minnesota Twins started pitcher Louie Vreeland (37) in the second inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park.
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Rookie right-hander Louie Vreeland recorded his second career scoreless start, while veteran first baseman Donovan Solano produced a multi-RBI game. minnesota twins won the rubber match of their three-match series with the hosts Houston Astros 8-2 on Wednesday

Worland (3-1) pitched a career-best seven innings and allowed four hits and one walk while striking out five. only 86 pitches were needed to stop him Astros in his first scoreless start since blanking the Chicago White Sox in five frames on October. 5, 2022

Vreeland faced the minimum through three innings and retired Jordan Alvarez and Kyle Tucker with Jeremy Peña in scoring position in the fourth. Peña advanced to second base again in the sixth when he hit a two-out single before an Álvarez walk, but Vereland induced an inning-ending grounder from Alex Bregman, earning the escape.

Astros Rookie right-hander Hunter Brown (5-2) appeared poised to match Varland pitch for pitch until the bottom fell out of him in the third. He struck out five of the first six batters and appeared to strike out Max Kepler for his fifth consecutive strikeout to open the third.

Kepler headed to the dugout before being called back to the plate, with his swinging third strike being ruled a foul ball. Kepler followed with a single and walked Willie Castro before Michael A. Taylor walked to load the bases with no outs. The Browns rallied with a strikeout off Edouard Julian, but Solano hit a two-run single to right that capped off a three-run frame.

Brown looked to right himself with a pair of strikeouts to end the fourth inning, but he didn’t survive the fifth, with a pair of runners and two outs. Both scored when Ryan Jeffers hit a two-run double Astros Left-hander Parker Mushinsky closed the book on Brown, who gave up five runs on six hits and two walks while recording eight strikeouts.

Solano then hit a two-run double that scored Twins‘ 7-0 lead in the sixth. He finished 2-for-4 with four RBIs. Alex Kirilloff, Jeffers and Castro also TwinsWho broke the four series losing skid

Jake Meyers and Yener Diaz belted back-to-back homers Twins reliever Jorge Lopez in the eighth

– Field Level Media

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