No one would have blinked an eye at the Houston Astros coming out flat in their first game after the All-Star Break. Afterall, Houston was one of a handful of teams in the Wild Card era to have 60 wins at the All-Star Break.
But there are no breaks for the Astros. Houston put up an eight spot on the Twins on Friday night at Minute Maid Park en route to a 10-5 win and the 61st win of the season for the Astros.
It wasn't a perfect evening for the Astros, Houston pitchers gave up nine walks in the game. Including five from starter Charlie Morton. But Morton balanced that out with 10 strikeouts, allowing five runs over five innings.
An error by the Twins sparked the eight runs in the second inning. The Astros sent 11 batters to the plate including doubles from Alex Bregman and Carlos Beltran. The biggest blow came from Brian McCann hit a three-run blast.
Twins starting pitcher José Berríos was knocked before the second inning was over.
Marwin Gonzalez brushed off the All-Star snub, hit his 17th home run in the third inning. George Springer and Jose Altuve reached ahead of Josh Reddick. Reddick singled to right field scoring Springer.