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Michael Brantley, Astros pound Twins pitching in series finale

Randy Dobnak's six earned runs was part of a long afternoon.

The Minnesota Twins wrapped up their six-game homestand on a sour note, falling to the Houston Astros 14-3 on Sunday afternoon.

The Astros came out swinging against Michael Pineda, turning a leadoff single from Jose Altuve into an Alex Bregman sacrifice fly in the first inning. With Pineda struggling, he allowed a two-run homer to Kyle Tucker in the fourth inning that put Houston up 3-0.

Pineda left the game after four innings due to forearm tightness which led to a long afternoon for the Twins' bullpen. With Randy Dobnak in the game, the Astros tagged the right-hander for six runs over two innings. 

Although Ryan Jeffers and Nelson Cruz both hit solo home runs to chip into the lead, Dobnak, Alexander Colomé and Matt Shoemaker all struggled to blow the game open. With Michael Brantley adding three doubles and four RBI, the Astros cruised to victory and take the three-game series

The Twins (26-39) will head to Seattle where they will open a three-game series with the Mariners on Monday night.

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