Maldonado, Astros make late noise, overcome 4 Twins homers


MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Martín Maldonado hit a go-ahead double in the ninth, prompting a fan to toss an inflatable trash can onto the field, and the Houston Astros beat the Minnesota Twins 6-4. This was Houston’s first trip to Target Field with fans in the stands since 2019, and the Astros heard a chorus of boos and chants. The Astros came into Minnesota last year and swept the Twins in the AL wild-card playoff round. There were no crowds then and, now given a chance to sound off, Twins fans made known their displeasure over Houston’s sign-stealing scandal. Jose Altuve and Yuli Gurriel homered as Houston won for the fourth time in five games.