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MLB Predictions: Will the Astros best the Twins? 7/16/17

MLB Predictions: Will the Astros best the Twins? 7/16/17

These two have split the first two games of the series, as the Astros picked up a 10-5 win on Friday and the Twins has a 4-2 win on Saturday night.

Carlos Correa represented the tying run in the bottom of the ninth but he flied out to center field to end the game as Brandon Kintzler earned the save.

The Twins and Astros take to the field again Sunday, Kyle Gibson (5-7) 6.31 ERA will take the mound for Minnesota.

In 10 starts since being called back up from Rochester, Gibson has a 5.40 ERA, has given up 10 homers and has 35 strikeouts against 25 walks.

Josh Reddick starting on Friday for the Astros

Gibson capped a rocky first half with seven runs allowed in four innings during a loss to Baltimore last Sunday. The Twins trailed 2-1 heading into the fifth inning, but they managed to scratch across a run on a Zack Granite bases-loaded ground ball double play.

Dozier smacked 28 long balls after the All-Star break in 2016 en route to a career-high 42, and the slugging second baseman has gone deep in his first two games since Tuesday's Midsummer Classic.

Santana (11-6) collected his 11th win, allowing two runs over his six innings of work. Joe Musgrove pitched 5 innings for Houston giving up 8 hits, 4 earned runs and struck out 5. Houston was led by Jose Altuve, who had his 14 home run of 2017.

Brian Dozier went 2 for 4 with 1 RBI. The Twins had to use their top bullpen arms yesterday as well, so don't expect them to bail Gibson out today.

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