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Astros slug six home runs in win over Rangers

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After the Astros trailed 3-0 to the Rangers before even coming up to bat this afternoon, it was easy to envision their September slide continuing. Their power bats made sure that didn’t happen.

The Astros slugged six home runs this afternoon as part of a 9-7 comeback win. Carlos Correa and Jose Altuve, who were involved in a collision on Friday, each homered twice. Chris Carter hit a go-ahead blast in the sixth inning while Colby Rasmus provided some insurance with a two-run homer in the seventh.

Collin McHugh overcame his shaky first inning and got the win after allowing four runs over 6 2/3 innings. The Rangers made things interesting in the ninth inning by plating three runs against Astros closer Luke Gregerson. Astros manager A.J. Hinch eventually turned to Will Harris with the tying run coming up to the plate. Harris managed to get Mitch Moreland to ground out to escape the jam and secure the victory.

The Astros (81-74) are 3 1/2 games behind the Rangers (84-70) in the AL West and hold a one-game lead over the Angels (79-74) for the second Wild Card spot. The Angels can trim that lead back to a half-game with a win tonight against the Mariners.

Report: Twins, Michael Pineda agree to two-year, $20 million contract

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Pierre Noujaim of Fox9 Minneapolis reports that the Twins and free agent starter Michael Pineda have agreed on a two-year contract. The Athletic’s Dan Hayes confirms Noujaim’s report and adds that the deal is for $20 million.

Pineda, 30, signed with the Twins in December 2017 while he was in the process of recovering from Tommy John surgery. He missed the entire 2018 season but began the 2019 season on time. Pineda went on to post a 4.01 ERA with 140 strikeouts and 28 walks across 146 innings. He was suspended 60 games in early September after testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs. There are 39 games remaining, so he won’t make his season debut next year until mid-May.

Pineda will rejoin a Twins rotation that features José Berríos and Jake Odorizzi. The Twins are likely not done hunting for rotation help.