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astros hitters pick up where they left off, dominating twins

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astros hitters pick up where they left off, dominating twins

houston – the twins sought revenge against the astros on friday for a three-game sweep in target field back in may, only to be reminded of why they sought revenge in the first place.they were pulverized, once again, by baseball's juggernaut as the astros won 10-5 at minute maid park. houston knocked out starter jose berrios in the second inning, then continued the battery on reliever phil hughes as the astros moved to 15-5 over their past 20 games."i understand that they are in first place in their division and they are really hot right now," said berrios (8-3), whose 1⅔-inning stint was his shortest outing of the season. "that doesn't mean you don't follow your game plan. i followed my game plan, but they were ahead in most of the counts, and that's how they were able to get to me early."brian dozier led off the game with his 21st career leadoff homer, setting a team record. then the astros took over.berrios struck out brian mccann to start the second, but the next eight astros reached base. actually, the inning could have been vastly different.with a man on and one out, yuli gurriel sent a grounder to shortstop jorge polanco that should have been converted into at least one out. polanco tried to scoop up the ball with his glove and shovel it to dozier at second, giving them a shot at a double play. david j. phillip gallery: houston 10, twins 5 polanco botched the shovel, and both runners were safe. berrios gave up three consecutive run-scoring h...