Dexter Fowler, Houston
The center fielder's triple started a three-run sixth inning, and he helped preserve the lead with a diving catch to rob Trevor Plouffe of an extra-base hit in the eighth.
By the NUMBERS
3 Home runs given up by Phil Hughes, after he had given up four all season before Friday.
22 Doubles for Plouffe, tying a career high.
33 Strikeouts in the past 22 games for Jason Kubel.
Houston starter Scott Feldman, who has a 5.44 career ERA against the Twins, throws more curveballs (29.3 percent) than any AL pitcher with at least 50 innings.
La VELLE E. NEAL III