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Twins 7, Astros 5: Astros 9th inning rally falls short

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Who knew Ervin Santana was the second coming of Cy-Young.

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Sundays game started with six inning on solid pitching from both Lance McCullers and Ervin Santana. McCullers posted a quality start, allowing three runs over six innings. Santana checked in with his best start of the season - pitching seven scoreless innings - scattering six hits and striking out ten.

Before today's game, he had given up 31 runs over his last six starts. The Astros left two runners in scoring position with Santana on the mound.

Eduardo Nunez blew open the game with two-run home run off McCullers. Chad Qualls and Oliver Perez combined to give up four runs in the 7th inning, highlighted by a Miguel Sano home run.

The Astros offense fought back in the ninth as Chris Carter hit a three-run home run and Jose Altuve collected his fourth hit of the game - a two-run home run. But it wasn't enough.

The Astros now head home to face the Mariners for three games.