HOUSTON (AP) — Brandon Barnes got Houston back into the game with one big swing. Unfortunately for the Astros, the ending was a familiar one.
Barnes hit a tying three-run homer with two out in the ninth inning, but the Minnesota Twins scored three times in the 12th for a 9-6 victory on Tuesday night.
"We've been fighting," said Barnes, who had three hits and five RBIs. "We've been on the wrong side of some games, but we fight. We battle. We're young and we're still learning."
Clete Thomas scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch in the 12th and Darin Mastroianni added a two-run double, helping Twins to their third consecutive win. Minnesota also improved to 5-0 against major league-worst Houston (45-93).
"(Minnesota) ended up doing a little bit more than we did," Astros manager Bo Porter said.
Thomas reached on a fielder's choice and went to third on Josmil Pinto's double. Kevin Chapman (0-1) then uncorked a wild pitch with pinch-hitter Ryan Doumit at the plate.
Mastroianni provided a couple of insurance runs when he doubled with two down as Minnesota recovered after Glen Perkins blew a save opportunity in the ninth.
Brian Dozier and Trevor Plouffe homered for the Twins, who finished with 16 hits. Plouffe and Pinto had four hits apiece, and Mastroianni went 3 for 6 with three RBIs.
"A long one but a good one for us," Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire said.
Caleb Thielbar (3-2) pitched two hitless innings for the win and Josh Roenicke finished for his first save.
Barnes and Marwin Gonzalez walked with one out in the 12th, but Roenicke retired the next two batters to get out of the jam.
The Twins won 10-6 in Monday's series opener by scoring five times in the last two innings, including Chris Colabello's tiebreaking grand slam in the ninth. But Houston responded with its own comeback in the second game.
With two out and none on in the ninth, Perkins hit Brett Wallace with a pitch and L.J. Hoes then singled to right to put runners on the corners. Perkins got ahead of Barnes 0-2 before he sent the next pitch over the wall in right for his seventh homer.
"Obviously Brandon Barnes hits that big three-run homer to send it into extra innings, and you wish you could have closed it out there," Porter said. "But they did a good job of coming back and getting the win."
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