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Astros 8, Twins 5: The Jed-I Strikes Back

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Jed Lowrie's grand slam pushes Astros past Twins.

Jed Lowrie's grand slam.
Jed Lowrie's grand slam.
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Fittingly, the Astros won on Star Wars Day with a grand slam by a Jed-I Knight. Jed Lowrie's seventh inning grand slam led the Astros past the Twins 8-5.

Lowrie's huge grand slam made a winner out of Dallas Keuchel, who turned in another strong outing at Minute Maid Park. He struck out 12 Twins, the fourth time this season he's had over 10 strikeouts. He had problems with home runs on the afternoon, allowing three to the Twins, but they were all solo shots.

The offense couldn't do much with Twins starter and former Rice University pitcher Tyler Duffey. He allowed only six hits and struck out eight Astros batters. He couldn't finish off the seventh inning though, and the Twins bullpen couldn't provide relief.

Trevor May entered with two on and two out in the seventh and didn't retire a batter. With the bases loaded Jose Altuve beat out an infield single to give the Astros their first run. Lowrie followed with the grand slam, his eigth home run of the season.

The Astros added three more runs in the eight on a home run from Jake Marisnick. Chad Qualls ran into problems in the ninth, so the Astros brought on Luke (Skywalker) Gregerson to force the game's conclusion.

A huge series win for the Astros, with Keuchel providing strong starting pitching and the offense bringing the power.