‘Lopez pitches 7 scoreless innings’ Minnesota holds off Houston to take ALDS 1-0

Correa 3-for-3 with RBI – Palmer two-run performance
Game 3 at Minnesota on Nov. 11 at Target Field

By Yoon Seo Park The Minnesota Twins evened the series at one game apiece with a win in Game 2 of Major League Baseball’s (MLB) American League Division Series (ALDS) best-of-five series.

Minnesota won Game 2 of the ALDS against Houston 6-2 on Monday (Sept. 9) at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas.

Minnesota, which advanced to the ALDS with a two-game sweep of the Toronto Blue Jays in the best-of-three American League wild-card series (ALWC), dropped Game 1 4-6.

However, they bounced back with a sweep to even the series at 1-1. They will play Game 3 of the ALDS at home against Houston on April 11.

The Astros, who won the American League West, couldn’t capitalize on their momentum after dropping Game 2.

Minnesota starter Pablo Lopez pitched seven innings of six-hit, one-run ball, striking out seven to earn the win.

At the plate, Carlos Correa went 3-for-4 with a home run, three RBIs and a walk, and Kyle Palmer hit a game-winning two-run homer.

Houston starter Frazier Valdez had a rough outing, giving up five runs on seven hits and three walks in 4 1/3 innings.

Minnesota struck first in the top of the first inning when Correa hit a two-out, two-run double.

In the top of the second, Willie Castro led off with a single up the middle and Palmer followed with a two-run homer over the left field fence.

Leading 3-0, Minnesota added another run in the top of the fifth.

Back-to-back singles by Michael A. Taylor and Donovan Solano and a walk to Royce Lewis loaded the bases for Correa’s RBI double.

After giving up another run in the seventh to fall behind 6-0, Houston broke the silence with a cannonball in the bottom of the eighth.

With the bases loaded on an Alex Bregman single, Jordan Alvarez hit a two-run arch to start the comeback.온라인바카라

But Minnesota brought in closer John Duran to close out the game. In the bottom of the ninth, Duran struck out the side to end the inning.

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