Astros rally to defeat Twins 16-8

While Mauer went 4 for 5 Sunday with three walks (one intentional), a double and a game-tying homer before striking out in his final plate appearance, Carew banged out five hits and drew three walks in a 22-inning game against the Milwaukee Brewers on May 12, 1972.

"We have shown that, no matter how far behind in the game we fall, we're going to try to preach good at-bats and I think that's what we did", Beltran said. Now 26, the switch hitter pounded five home runs and drove in 19 runs since his latest promotion on August 23, including a dramatic game-tying, two-run pinch homer off Kansas City's Kelvin Herrera in the bottom of the ninth on May 19.

Beltran homered and singled during an 11-run burst in the eighth inning and Houston overwhelmed the Twins 16-8 Monday in a matchup of AL division leaders.

Teams that take an 8-2 lead into the eighth at home have won in, like, 99 percent of their games, according to FanGraphs' win probability chart. He leads the majors with eight wins, is the first Astro since Roger Clemens in 2004 to open a season 8-0 and his 1.81 ERA ranks second in the majors.

Craig Breslow (1-1) took the loss.

"It's embarrassing", Pressly said. His most recent starts came in 2016, he allowed eight earned runs over 9 2/3 innings in two starts. "When we get to that 10-day mark, hopefully he'll be back in the mix". "We've just got to go out there and continue to grind and put this one behind us".

We've entered the third season of the annual South Point-lined Play of the Day competition, effective July 1.

Santana gave Minnesota a much-needed seven innings. He explained his decision after the game, saying, "When (you're facing) one of the best offensive teams in the game with a six-run lead, you're going to go with your experience and guys that you feel should get people out".

Carlos Correa's 430-foot homer and a wild pitch that allowed in a second run in the fourth inning were the only serious missteps for Santana, who lowered his league-leading earned run average to 1.75. Miguel Sano's two-run homer finished the scoring in the Twins' seven-run fifth.

Not for the manager A.J. Hinch and these unflappable Astros. Buxton dived for a ball in the top of the sixth inning and appeared to hit his hand on LF Eddie Rosario, who caught the ball.

With nine outs to go, putting Robbie Grossman in left field and giving up the designated hitter appeared to be the safer option. In corresponding moves the Twins recalled RHP Drew Rucinski and also calling up rookie LHP Jason Wheeler who is making his Major League Baseball debut.

Reliever Jandel Gustave (flexor strain) recently started his throwing program at the team's spring training facility in West Palm Beach, Fla.

  • Julie Sanders