Recap: Minnesota vs. Houston

 

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Minneapolis, MN (SportsNetwork.com) - Danny Santana went 4-for-5 with five RBI to guide the Minnesota Twins to an 8-0 victory over the Houston Astros in the middle tilt of a three-game set at Target Field on Saturday.

Kyle Gibson (5-5) was just as impressive, firing seven scoreless innings of three-hit ball with a season-high five strikeouts to notch just his second win in nine starts.

Josh Willingham and Chris Parmelee each drove in a run for the Twins, who snapped a two-game losing skid.

Houston starter Scott Feldman (3-4) lasted just 1 2/3 innings, allowing three unearned runs on one hit with two walks.

Dexter Fowler accounted for two of the five hits for Houston, which had its two-game winning streak come to an end.

The Twins took advantage of two Astros' errors in the second to start the scoring.

Willingham was hit by a pitch to start the inning. Trevor Plouffe reached on third baseman Matt Dominguez's fielding error and Kurt Suzuki worked a one-out walk to load the bases. Aaron Hicks reached first on shortstop Marwin Gonzalez's fielding error, allowing Willingham to score. Santana's two-out base hit to right drove in two to make it 3-0.

Houston reliever Paul Clemens walked two to begin the fourth and Hicks' sacrifice bunt moved advanced the runners. Santana laced a two-run double to center to score Suzuki and Eduardo Escobar. Willingham's two-out single to left scored Brian Dozier from second and two consecutive walks made it a 7-0 game.

Santana singled to center in the seventh to increase the cushion to 8-0 scoring Suzuki, who reached on a base hit.

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