Major League Baseball
Preview
Houston at Minnesota
When: 8:10 PM ET, Tuesday, May 30, 2017
Where: Target Field, Minneapolis, Minnesota

The Houston Astros parlayed a scintillating outburst into a victory in the series opener and aim to defeat the Minnesota Twins again on Tuesday in the middle contest of a three-game set. Houston used an 11-run eighth-inning uprising to rally for a 16-8 win on Monday and will be looking for its sixth straight victory.

Designated hitter Carlos Beltran went 4-for-5 with a homer and three RBIs and shortstop Carlos Correa went 3-for-5 with a homer and three RBIs as the Astros racked up a season-high 18 hits in the opener. Houston boasts the best record in the majors (36-16) and is 20 games above .500 before the season is one-third over. Minnesota is just 1-3 to start a six-game homestand and has allowed 32 runs during the stretch. Twins third baseman Miguel Sano slugged his 12th homer in the opener but is just 2-for-20 over the past six games.

TV: 8:10 p.m. ET, ROOT (Houston), FSN North (Minnesota)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Astros RH Mike Fiers (1-2, 5.21 ERA) vs. Twins RH Jose Berrios (3-0, 1.66)

Fiers received a no-decision against Detroit in his last turn when he gave up four runs (three earned) and 10 hits over 4 2/3 innings. The 31-year-old owns a swollen 6.38 ERA in five road starts and is 1-0 despite serving up 11 homers in just 24 innings. Fiers, who is 3-1 with a 3.16 ERA in seven career appearances (six starts) versus Minnesota, has given up 18 total homers - tied for most in the majors.

Berrios has been superb in his three big-league starts this season by allowing just eight hits while striking out 22 in 21 2/3 innings. The 23-year-old gave up one run and four hits in 15 1/3 innings while winning his first two starts before defeating Baltimore - giving up three runs and four hits in 6 1/3 innings - in his last outing. Berrios, who turned 23 on Saturday, is 1-1 with an 8.59 ERA and 2.32 WHIP in two career starts against the Astros and has been hit hard by George Springer (3-for-4, one homer).

WALK-OFFS

1. Twins 1B Joe Mauer is 11-for-27 with six walks over his past six contests.

2. Houston UTIL Marwin Gonzalez is 8-for-15 with a homer and six RBIs over his last four games.

3. Minnesota CF Byron Buxton (lacerated ring finger) departed Monday's game and is uncertain for Tuesday.

PREDICTION: Twins 4, Astros 3
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away East Central West IL
Houston 36-16 W5 20-10 16-6 8-2 6-8 17-6 5-0
Minnesota 26-21 L2 12-16 14-5 5-4 16-12 4-3 1-2
Last Meeting
Houston Minnesota
Date Away Home Avg HR OPS Avg HR OPS
5/29/17 HOU 16 MIN 8 .409 3 1.185 .297 2 .918
Player Stats
Season Series
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
Houston C. Beltran .800 4 2.233
Minnesota R. Grossman .500 2 2.100
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
Houston C. Beltran 1 3 3
Minnesota R. Grossman 1 2 2
Pitching ERA Avg K
Houston 8.00 .409 12
Minnesota 15.00 .297 6
Season
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
Houston C. Correa .311 55 .900
Minnesota M. Sano .292 47 .996
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
Houston G. Springer 11 33 29
Minnesota M. Sano 12 33 39
Pitching ERA Avg K
Houston 3.49 .272 515
Minnesota 4.39 .251 335