American League Game Summary - Minnesota at Houston|
(Tuesday, September 3rd)
Final Score: Minnesota 9, Houston 6 (12 innings)
Houston, TX (Sports Network) - Darin Mastroianni hit a two-run double in a
three-run 12th inning, as Minnesota fought off Houston, 9-6, in the second
edition of a three-game series.
Mastroianni ended up with three hits and three RBI, Brian Dozier and Trevor
Plouffe each hit a two-run homer and Alex Presley added two his with a run
driven in for the Twins, who have won the first two in the set and four of
Caleb Thielbar (3-2) fanned two in a scoreless 11th for the win, while Josh
Roenicke earned his first save despite walking two in the home 12th.
Brandon Barnes did all he could to keep his team alive, going 3-for-4 with a
a two-run single and game-tying three-run homer in the ninth, while Chris
Carter added a solo shot for the Astros.
"We've been on the wrong side of some games but we fight," said Barnes. "We
battle, we're young and we're still learning."
Kevin Chapman (0-1) was touched for all three runs on as many hits in the top
of the 12th.
Twins closer Glen Perkins appeared ready to record his 33rd save of the year,
up 6-3 in the ninth despite hitting Brett Wallace and giving up a single to
L.J. Hoes with two down, but Barnes, down in the count 0-2, reached out and
lined a ball just over the wall in right field to tie the score 6-6.
It all unraveled three innings later.
Chris Colabello greeted Chapman with a single, but was erased at second when
Clete Thomas failed to sacrifice him. Josmil Pinto hit a double and pinch-
hitter Ryan Doumit walked ahead of a wild pitch that brought in Thomas, and
after Presley lined out, Mastroianni laced a two-run double for a 9-6 score.
"Big hit by Mastroianni," said Twins manager Ron Gardenhire. "A couple guys
getting on the bases there was huge."
Roenicke walked Barnes and Marwin Gonzalez with one out in the home half, but
retired the next two batters to close out the win.
Minnesota jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first, as Mastroianni singled with
one out and scored on Dozier's two-run blast.
Carter's long homer to the train tracks in left cut Houston's deficit in half
in the second, but Plouffe reached the seats in left one batter after
Josh Willingham worked a walk, and the Twins led 4-1 in the third.
Barnes singled home a pair in the home seventh to make it a one-run contest.
Trevor Crowe hit a leadoff single, then Casey Fien walked Wallace with one
out. A groundout by Hoes moved both into scoring position, before Barnes
dumped the big hit to right.
But the Twins responded in the eighth. Pinto hit a leadoff single against
Jorge De Leon, then Presley doubled him home with one out for a 5-3 game.
Cody Clark's passed ball advanced Presley to third, and it was a three-run
edge for the visitors on Mastroianni's fly to center.
Minnesota has won all five meetings with Houston in 2013 ... Barnes' five RBI
is a career high, eclipsing his three-RBI performance against the Yankees on
April 29 ... Perkins' blown save was just his fourth in 36 chances this season
... Twins starter Pedro Hernandez lasted six-plus innings, allowing six hits
and two runs while fanning three ... Houston counterpart Jarred Cosart gave up
four runs on five hits with three walks in just four frames ... With an injury
to backstop Jason Castro, the Astros acquired Matt Pagnozzi from the Braves in
exchange for cash considerations on Tuesday.
09/04 02:38:48 ET