Rookie Jax has solid start, helps Twins beat Astros 5-3


HOUSTON (AP) — The Minnesota Twins got a solid start from rookie Griffin Jax, and Andrelton Simmons drove in two runs as they built a big lead early and held on for a 5-3 win over the Houston Astros on Thursday night. Jax (2-1) allowed three hits and one run in a career-high 5 1/3 innings for his first career win as a starter. The Twins jumped on Houston starter Framber Valdez (7-3) early to take control of the game. The Astros, who got home runs from Jason Castro and Yordan Alvarez, are tied for the best record in the American League at 65-44 despite losing four of their last five.  Series continues tonight at 7:10 p.m. on 950 KWAT.