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HOUSTON (AP) - Joe Mauer homered to break a scoreless game in the sixth inning and Kyle Gibson gave up one run in 7 2-3 innings...

HOUSTON (AP) - Joe Mauer homered to break a scoreless game in the sixth inning and Kyle Gibson gave up one run in 7 2-3 innings to propel the Minnesota Twins to a 3-1 win over the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park.  Mauer hit a 2-2 pitch into the right field bullpen off Brett Oberholtzer to make it 1-0. He extended his hitting streak to 15 games with a first inning single.  Gibson scattered six hits, striking out four, and allowing one earned run.
     Minnesota extended the lead to 3-0 in the eighth inning when Kennys Vargas hit a two-run single into the left field gap off reliever Josh Fields.  Chris Carter singled in a run for Houston.  Glen Perkins pitched a perfect ninth inning to earn his 30th save.


UNDATED (AP) - The Detroit Tigers, Atlanta Braves and San Francisco Giants were in dire need of victories on Wednesday. All three teams succeeded.
     The Tigers had dropped four in a row before Victor Martinez provided three hits and three RBIs in an 8-4 triumph at Pittsburgh.
     The Braves won for just the third time in 14 games as AN'-drul-tuhn Simmons collected two RBIs before Justin Upton singled home the go-ahead run in a 3-2 triumph against the Dodgers in Atlanta.

     San Francisco ended a five-game skid by erupting for seven runs in the seventh to beat the Chicago White Sox 7-1.
     Elsewhere in the majors:
     - Milwaukee's lead in the NL Central remains 1  1/2 games over Pittsburgh after Javier Baez and Anthony Rizzo hit back-to-back solo homers in the third inning of the Cubs' 4-2 win over the Brewers in Chicago.
     - Jason Vargas tossed a three-hitter and the Royals stayed atop the AL Central by blanking Oakland 3-0.
     - Adam Jones launched a tiebreaking, three-run homer in the bottom of the eighth to push the Orioles past the New York Yankees 5-3 in Baltimore.
     - The Orioles top their division by a major league-leading 7 1/2 games over Toronto after hihs-SAH'-shee ee-wah-KOO'-mah worked 6 2/3 shutout innings to lead Seattle's 2-0 win over the Blue Jays.
     - The Angels are within 2  1/2 games of first-place Oakland in the AL West after Howie Kendrick hit a go-ahead, two-run single in the sixth inning of the Halos' 4-3 win over Philadelphia in Anaheim.
     - Jordan Zimmermann gave up an unearned run and five hits over 6 1/3 innings to pitch Washington past the New York Mets 3-2.
     - Justin Masterson scattered three hits in seven shutout innings as St. Louis topped the Marlins 5-2 in Miami to avoid a three-game sweep.
     - Mike Napoli smacked a tiebreaking, two-run homer in the fifth inning before the Boston Red Sox completed a 5-4 win over the Reds in Cincinnati.
     - Zach Walters belted a walkoff, solo homer in the bottom of the ninth to give Cleveland a 3-2 win over Arizona in Game 1 of a doubleheader. Michael Brantley hit a two-run single to help the Indians pick up their third straight win before the Diamondbacks took the nightcap 1-0 on Tuffy Gosewisch's RBI single in the 12th.
     - Rymer Liriano hit a two-run blast for his first big league homer, and Abraham Almonte added a solo shot in San Diego's 5-3 defeat of Colorado.

     - Matt Joyce, Sean Rodriguez and Brandon Guyer each homered and had two RBIs as Tampa Bay crushed Texas 10-1.


MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Minnesota Timberwolves fans will get their first up-close look at Kevin Love in a Cleveland Cavaliers jersey Jan. 31.  The Timberwolves released their schedule Wednesday. The biggest game of the season will come when Love, LeBron James and the Cavs make their only visit. The Wolves are expected to complete a deal that sends Love to Cleveland for Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett and a 2015 first-round draft pick Aug. 23 when Wiggins becomes eligible to be traded.
     The Wolves will open the 2014-15 season at Memphis on Oct. 29, the first time they'll have started on the road in 14 years. They opened at Houston to start the 2000-01 season.  The home opener will be against Detroit on Oct. 30. The Wolves wrap up April 15 against Oklahoma City.

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