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Berrios wins 5th game as Twins bats go-off in 4th inning, beating Astros 8-2

At 19-10, the Twins have the best record in baseball

May 02, 2019 - 3:11 pm
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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Jose Berrios won his fourth straight start, Jason Castro homered off former battery mate Brad Peacock and drove in four runs, and the AL Central-leadingTwins beat the Houston Astros 8-2 on Thursday afternoon.

Backed by a six-run fourth from the Twins against Peacock, Berrios (5-1) finished seven smooth innings with seven hits and two runs allowed to push the Twins to their first season series victory over the Astros since 2013. Berrios is 4-0 in four starts at home this year.

Following Thursday's 2-1 loss by St. Louis to Washington, the Twins' record of 19-10 (.655) is the best in Major League Baseball.

With 52 home runs in 29 games, the Twins have powered their way to or near the top of the league in several hitting categories with one of the most balanced lineups in the majors.

Going into their weekend series in New York against the Yankees, the Twins are three full games ahead of Cleveland in the AL Central, the largest margin of any division leader.

The Yankees have had the Twins' number in recent years, with the last season series win by Minnesota coming in 2001.

Last spring, the Yankees took four straight from the Twins at Yankee Stadium to extend their home winning streak over Minnesota to seven games.

The Twins' 7-1 win on June 26, 2016, is their only win in the Bronx since 2014, a stretch that has the Yankees with a 12-1 record.

At Target Field last summer against the Yankees, the Twins dropped the first game and won the last two.

Thursday against Houston, Castro, the defense-oriented catcher who came over from the Astros in 2017, got the Twins on the board with a solo homer, his third in his past five games.

Alex Bregman gave the Astros a first-inning lead with his home run off Berrios, but the right-hander retired 12 straight batters at one point and sailed behind the big lead.

The Astros, who entered the game tied for 21st in the majors with a .232 batting average with runners in scoring position, went 1 for 7.

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The Twins had no such trouble, sending 10 men to the plate in the decisive fourth with a two-run double by Castro and an RBI triple by Byron Buxton doing the most damage.

Buxton had another stellar game in the field, too, with a running catch to snag Josh Reddick's sinking liner in the second and a flying grab in front of the wall in right-center to rob Yuli Gurriel in the fourth.

Peacock (2-2) allowed eight hits, seven runs and two walks in 3 2/3 innings.

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