While the Minnesota Twins hung tough on Sunday, the Houston Astros pulled away late for the 14-5 victory at Target Field.
Eduardo Nunez racked up two RBIs on three hits for the Twins. He homered in the fourth inning and singled in the seventh and ninth innings.
Darin Downs got the win for the Astros. He pitched 2 2/3 shutout innings. Downs struck out two, walked none and gave up two hits.
The Astros easily handled the Twins pitching as seven hitters combined for 12 hits, 13 RBIs and 12 runs scored.
Home runs for the Astros came when Dexter Fowler homered in the third inning, Chris Carter homered in the seventh inning, George Springer homered in the eighth inning, and Jon Singleton homered in the ninth inning.
Samuel Deduno ended up on the wrong side of the pitching decision, charged with the loss. He lasted just three innings, walked four, struck out one, and allowed five runs.
The Astros built upon their lead with three runs in the fourth. The inning got off to a hot start when Jonathan Villar singled, scoring Robbie Grossman. That was followed up by Fowler's single, bringing home Carter.
One run in the bottom of the fourth helped the Twins close their deficit to 5-1. A solo home run by Nunez triggered the Twins' comeback. Josmil Pinto flew out to end the Twins threat.
Two runs in the bottom of the fifth helped the Twins close their deficit to 5-3. An RBI single by Trevor Plouffe and an RBI single by Josh Willingham fueled the Twins' comeback. Finally, Josh Fields induced an inning-ending ground out from Nunez.
After posting four runs in the seventh, the Astros again scored four in the ninth. In the seventh, the Astros scored on a grand slam by Carter, plating Grossman, Matt Dominguez and Singleton.
Two runs in the bottom of the seventh helped the Twins close their deficit to 9-5. A sacrifice fly by Willingham and an RBI single by Nunez gave the Twins life. The Twins threat came to an end when Downs got Pinto to strike out.