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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Luis Garcia and three relievers combined on a seven-hit pitch, Yordan Alvarez homered twice and Jeremy Pena capped a big day with three hits as the Houston Astros extended their winning streak to 10 games with a win of 5-0 over the Houston Astros. Minnesota Twins on Thursday. Houston completed a three-game sweep. Prior to the regularly scheduled game, the teams completed a game suspended after three innings Wednesday night due to severe weather. José Altuve homered, doubled and drove in three runs in an 11-3 win. READ MORE: AAPI Small Business Expo kicks off in St. Paul on Saturday The Astros have allowed just 11 runs during the streak with five shutouts and an ERA of 0.90 on that stretch. “Usually when you’re on a winning streak, you’re either hitting the ball a lot or throwing a ton or both usually,” Astros manager Dusty Baker said. “I can’t take anything away from our pitchers. They’re shooting really well.” Peña had two hits and drove in three runs in the first game, giving the Astros shortstop 20 RBIs, the most among rookies. He left the second game in the fourth inning with what appeared to be a minor knee injury. “It’s good. Just a little annoyance,” Peña said. “I feel like we just took precautionary measures to see what happens. Nothing serious”. Alvarez drove a pitch from Josh Winder (2-1) over the wall in center field to give the Astros a 3-0 lead in the third inning. His second homer of the day and 10th this season came in the ninth off Cole Sands. 1) he allowed five hits and two walks as he struck out nine in five innings to win his second straight start. Seth Martinez, Blake Taylor and Rafael Montero worked the last four innings, limiting the Twins to two hits. Minnesota has scored just 10 runs in six games since shortstop Carlos Correa injured his finger. 19 “It doesn’t matter if we’re playing against one of the best teams in baseball, like we were this week. I think we can look around at the games we’ve just played and we can say we need to pitch better and we need to hit a little better.” The Astros led 5-1 after three innings Wednesday night when play was suspended due to heavy rain and lightning. Kyle Tucker homered for the Astros. Bryan Abreu (2-0) got the win in relief of Jose Urquidy, who allowed one run in three innings before play was suspended. Abreu allowed one run and struck out four in two innings pitched. Chris Archer (0-1) allowed four earned runs on five hits and three walks in three innings. When play restarted, the Twins pulled within 5-2 on a sacrifice fly. by Mark Contreras, who was making his Major League debut. But Houston quickly opened the door with a six-run sixth inning. The barrage began with Tucker’s solo homer, a fly ball to right field. After Peña struck out, the next six batters reached base. José Siri and Martín Maldonado singled off Yennier Cano, who had entered the fourth in relief of Archer. Cano was replaced by Cody Stashak, who gave up back-to-back doubles to Altuve, Michael Brantley and Alex Bregman. Alvarez singled and Tucker capped the flurry with an RBI single. READ MORE: Wild eliminated by blues in Game 6 of playoffs: ‘We struggled all season’FLASH-BACKTwins utility man Nick Gordon, son of former pitcher Major League Baseball Tom Gordon made his first major league appearance on the mound in the ninth inning. He gave up a single to Pena, but he retired Tucker on a fly ball and Siri and Maldonado on infield groundouts. “I’ve seen Nick pitch before, in high school,” Baldelli said. “That is not a strange world for him. He knows what he is doing.” In the second game, Gordon started in center field, had two hits and made a two-run diving catch on the warning track. But later, he had in mind pitching, specifically, to get a better start than his brother, Dee Strange-Gordon of the Washington Nationals, when he first pitched in the majors on April 12. Strange-Gordon has a home ran into Atlanta’s Ozzie Albies, walking three batters and hitting another. “I can’t give up a long pass here,” Gordon said of his mindset Thursday. “I’ve seen my brother do it. That hurt us a little bit as a family, so we had to bounce back.” HE SAID IT “I always look at a less-than-stellar start as a great opportunity to learn, refocus and hone some things and clean some things up. up. It’s always good feedback when guys are all over you. You know you have to adapt and change and adjust. That’s what this game is about, adapting to hitters in the box.” — Winder, who had pitched six innings and allowed no earned runs in his first two major league starts before being hit by the Astros. He allowed three earned runs, six hits and three walks in 3 1/3 innings. TRAINING ROOM Astros: Peña is day to day with discomfort in his right knee. Baker said he did not expect Pena to play in Friday’s game in Washington. Twins: INF Luis Arraez was activated from the COVID-19 injured list prior to the start of Thursday’s scheduled game. UP NEXT Astros: LHP Framber Valdez (1-2, 3.34 ERA ) will start Friday’s opener of a three-game series in Washington. Valdez hasn’t posted a win since April 7, but has pitched at least six innings in each of his last three starts, allowing a total of five earned runs in 18 1/3 innings. Twins: Minnesota will send RHP Sonny Gray (0-1, 3.48) to the mound on Friday when the Twins host the Cleveland Guardians. Gray struck out seven in four scoreless innings against Oakland in his last start. MORE NEWS: Upcoming Weather: After destructive storms, Friday marks the beginning of calm (© Copyright 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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Gilbert Dominant On Mound To Lift Mariners Past Twins 5-0 – WCCO

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SEATTLE (AP) — At the rate he’s going, Logan Gilbert will find himself pitching in Los Angeles in the All-Star Game a month from now. -Batter in the Mariners’ 5-0 win over the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday night. depression. But the only thing everyone wanted to talk about afterwards was another excellent performance from Gilbert. “It sounds to me like he’s putting together an All-Star season,” Seattle manager Scott Servais said. “I think he’s certainly setting himself apart as one of the best starters in this league.” Gilbert cut his ERA to 2.22, struck out six and walked one. Gilberto Celestino, batting No. 9, and Carlos Correa hit two singles off Gilbert, but the rest of the Twins’ lineup was unsuccessful. The only time Minnesota threatened was in the sixth with runners on first and second and two out, but Gilbert struck out Max Kepler on a 3-2 pitch. It was the fourth time this year that Gilbert won after a loss in Seattle. “I’m trying to always set the tone when it’s my day, and get ahead and keep zeros on the board and give us a chance to win,” Gilbert said. . “So win or lose, that’s my job. And that’s what I’ve tried to go out and do.” Gilbert (7-2) has allowed three runs or fewer in 12 of his 13 starts this season. He has pitched at least six innings in six straight outings, and only Seattle, wanting to keep the pitching countdown down against the Twins a bit, prevented Gilbert from entering the seventh inning. just a bunch of positive things combined,” Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said. “He made good pitches when he had to.” Erik Swanson, Diego Castillo and Matt Festa each worked an inning of relief to finish the shutout. home run an inning later to chase down Minnesota starter Joe Ryan. Sam Haggerty added an RBI double in the seventh. Seattle had scored three runs or fewer in four of the previous six games. The Mariners are 25-10 when scoring four or more this season, even if Gilbert didn’t need that much support.READ MORE: Buxton Homers Vs Seattle Again, Twins Top Mariners 3-2“When he goes out, it’s business, and playing behind a guy like that, he’s a lot of fun,” France said. “The game just flows. Hopefully we can get some racing support tonight.” Ryan (5-3) made his first start since he was placed on the COVID-19 disabled list on May 25. He retired 11 of his first 12 batters before Julio Rodriguez doubled with one. out in the fourth, and Suarez followed with an impressive home run down the left field line. An inning later with Ryan working, France hit a broken ball hanging on the first pitch. Ryan allowed five hits and struck out three in 4 2/3 innings. Injured back that the team expected and would be imagining a bit to see if there is something else at stake. Polanco has sat out the last two games. Mariners: SS JP Crawford was ruled out about an hour before first pitch after experiencing flu-like symptoms, Servais said. Crawford was ready to bat in the leadoff spot. Dylan Moore replaced him at shortstop. Servais seemed pessimistic that Crawford would be able to play Wednesday. … Jesse Winker was given the night off. Servais had planned to give each of his outfielders a day off during this stay at home, but Winker has been a huge disappointment at the plate. He is batting just .208 and has six hits in his last 39 at-bats. ROSTER MOVEMENT To make room for Ryan, the Twins designated Elliot Soto for the INF assignment a day after he was drafted out of Triple-A St. Paul. Soto did not appear in his only game with the Twins. Baldelli was hopeful Soto would remain in the organization if he clears waivers.UP NEXTTwins: Right-hander Sonny Gray (3-1, 2.41 ERA) is expected to be reinstated from the 15-day disabled list after missing time for a strain in the right pectoral. Gray hasn’t started for the Twins since May 29 when he pitched six innings against Kansas City. Mariners: LHP Marco Gonzales (3-6, 3.63) is making his 13th start of the season. Gonzales lasted 4 1/3 innings in his last start against Boston, allowing two runs on two hits with a career-high six walks. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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Storm wins for fourth straight time to extend Lynx losing streak – WCCO

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Breanna Stewart scored 29 points, including a go-ahead basket with 42.6 seconds left, and the Seattle Storm beat the Minnesota Lynx 81-79 on Tuesday night for their fourth straight victory. Stewart floated into the lane to break a 79-all tie. After Minnesota was left empty-handed at the other end on a lopsided layup attempt by Moriah Jefferson, Stewart dribbled the clock past it to Jewell Loyd, who missed a contested shot down the lane. But Stewart grabbed the offensive rebound and knocked him out to run out time. Epiphanny Prince made four 3-pointers in the first five minutes of the fourth quarter and finished with 15 points for Seattle (9-5). Loyd added 13 points, including a 3-point play for a 57-54 lead after Seattle started the third quarter on an 18-8 run. Sue Bird did not play due to illness other than COVID. Breanna Stewart (Credit: Steph Chambers/Getty Images) Stewart had 15 points in the first half, but Seattle still trailed 46-39. The Storm finished 12 of 27 from 3-point range. Kayla McBride scored 20 points for Minnesota (3-12), including a 3-pointer to tie it at 79-all with 52 seconds left. Jessica Shepard added 12 points, Nikolina Milic added 11 points and the Aerial Powers had 10 points and seven assists. Minnesota, which has lost four straight, outscored Seattle 51.5% to 38.4 but gave it up 15 times. (© Copyright 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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‘We are only here to win’: Benilde-St. Margaret’s Boys Lacrosse team seeks fifth state championship – WCCO

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ST. LOUIS PARK, Minn. (WCCO) — They’re young, but they’re not insecure. “We are very confident. We know we are the best team in the state. It all comes down to whether we all play together,” said Benilde-St. Margaret’s senior spiker, Cam Gelling. READ MORE: ‘Take What’s Ours’: Championship Softball Turns Ruthless In FinalsThe Benilde-St. Margaret’s boys are back in the state, for the fifth year in a row, undefeated and in first place. “We know what to expect. We know the splendor around the state tournament,” said BSM Head Coach Rob Hunt. Margaret’s has been a sure success, winning the first state title in 2007 and last year. This week they go for title number five. (Credit: CBS) “I think it would just continue to cement our show as one of the best shows in Minnesota, if not the Midwest,” Hunt said. “We want to continue to help elevate the game not just locally, but for the entire state.” READ MORE: MSHSL passes name, image, and likeness policy for student athletes“It would mean a lot to us, especially going back,” Gelling said. The Red Knights have a reputation for winning every game. “I think you’re everyone’s target. Some people have said that. It really doesn’t affect us. We’re just here to win,” junior midfielder Brad Little said. Still, they try to reframe the narrative. “At one point this year, we positioned ourselves in our own locker room as if we were the chasers,” Hunt said. . “We were going to go out and hunt everyone down and let everyone know that we were still here. As the year progressed, it became clear that we were one of the best teams in the state. And we were going to get the best shot of all.” MORE NEWS: The Chanhassen HS lacrosse team is enjoying a dominant season despite few home game opportunities They are ready for whoever comes to take their place at the top.

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