Christian Vazquez's HR walks it off for Twins
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Houston Astros (46-43, second in the AL West) vs. Minnesota Twins (50-39, second in the AL Central) Minneapolis; Sunday, 2:10 p.m. EDT PITCHING PROBABLES: Astros: Spencer Arrighetti (4-7, 6.13 ERA, 1.65 WHIP, 80 strikeouts); Twins: Simeon Woods Richardson (3-1, 3.52 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, 60 strikeouts) : LINE Twins -130, Astros +110; over/under is 9 runs BOTTOM LINE: The Minnesota Twins and Houston Astros play on Sunday with the winner claiming the three-game series. Minnesota has a 26-18 record in home games and a 50-39 record overall. The Twins have the third-ranked team batting average in the AL at .254. Houston has a 22-24 record in road games and a 46-43 record overall. The Astros have gone 6-15 in games decided by one run. Sunday's game is the sixth meeting between these teams this season. The Twins hold a 3-2 advantage in the season series. TOP PERFORMERS: Jose Miranda has 20 doubles, a triple, nine home runs and 43 RBI while hitting .328 for the Twins. Byron Buxton is 16-for-36 with six doubles and five home runs over the past 10 games. Jose Altuve has a .310 batting average to lead the Astros, and has 17 doubles and 13 home runs. Yainer Diaz is 18-for-45 with seven RBI over the past 10 games. LAST 10 GAMES: Twins: 7-3, .316 batting average, 4.19 ERA, outscored opponents by 26 runs Astros: 7-3, .279 batting average, 4.55 ERA, outscored opponents by 14 runs INJURIES: Twins: Royce Lewis: 10-Day IL (abductor), Brock Stewart: 60-Day IL (shoulder), Chris Paddack: 15-Day IL (arm), Alex Kirilloff: 10-Day IL (back), Justin Topa: 60-Day IL (knee), Daniel Duarte: 60-Day IL (tricep), Zack Weiss: 60-Day IL (shoulder), Anthony DeSclafani: 60-Day IL (elbow) Astros: Yordan Alvarez: day-to-day (knee), Jose Altuve: day-to-day (hand), Jake Bloss: 15-Day IL (shoulder), Victor Caratini: 10-Day IL (hip), Justin Verlander: 15-Day IL (neck), Cristian Javier: 60-Day IL (forearm), Kyle Tucker: 10-Day IL (shin), Jose Urquidy: 60-Day IL (forearm), Oliver Ortega: 60-Day IL (elbow), Bennett Sousa: 60-Day IL (shoulder), Penn Murfee: 60-Day IL (elbow), Luis Garcia: 60-Day IL (elbow), Lance McCullers Jr.: 60-Day IL (elbow), Kendall Graveman: 60-Day IL (elbow) ------ The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.