Twins 3, Astros 1
HOUSTON — Joe Mauer homered to break a scoreless tie in the sixth inning and Kyle Gibson pitched 72/3 strong innings for the Twins. Mauer hit Brett Oberholtzer's 2-and-2 pitch into the rightfield bullpen to make it 1-0. He extended his hitting streak to 15 games with a first-inning single. Minnesota extended the lead to 3-0 in the eighth inning when Kennys Vargas hit a two-run single into the leftfield gap off reliever Josh Fields. Chris Carter singled in a run for Houston in the eighth.