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Twins Blank Astros, 3-0

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Not the prettiest shutout, but it works.

jose you're totally grabbing your junk
jose you're totally grabbing your junk
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The Twins got just enough offense off Houston's Scott Kazmir and just enough pitching from Kyle Gibson and the bullpen as they shut out the Astros, 3-0.

Gibson wasn't as sharp as he was earlier this year, taking 111 pitches to get through 5 and 2/3 innings.  But they were, as noted above, a scoreless 111 pitches.  Brian Duensing got the last out of the sixth with two runners on, ending Houston's only true threat of the night.

Kazmir actually looked better and went further into the game, but made a mistake to Eduardo Nunez, who belted a solo dong in the third to open the scoring.  He was then his own worst enemy in the fourth, allowing two more runs on only one hit, as he hit Torii Hunter with the bases loaded and allowed a fielder's choice to Nunez.

(Side note: Nunez also made one of the worst throws you'll ever, EVER see a third baseman make, as he used the glut of time he had to get Evan Gattis out to peg a beer vendor in the 24th row behind the first base dugout, probably.  But no damage was done, so ok, then.)

The story of the game?  The Twins bullpen.  Glen Perkins and his slider took the seventh, Trevor May was lights out in the eighth, and Kevin Jepsen...well, Kevin Jepsen struggled, throwing 36 pitches and loading the bases before getting Jose Altuve to fly out to end the game.  It was Jepsen's sixth appearance in seven games, so it's fair to guess that if a save opportunity arises Saturday, Perkins (or May) will get the call.

The Twins remain a half game behind Texas for the second wild card spot.

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