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There’s no tying in baseball ... except in Twins-Astros game

March 23, 2018 GMT

FORT MYERS, Fla. The Twins rolled out a nearly complete Opening Day lineup against the World Champions on Friday, stood back and watched the offense start rolling in.

Theyre still waiting.

An alphabet soup of Astros rookies mowed down the Twins starters without a hit, striking out 12 along the way. But the Twins rallied to tie the game with two runs in the ninth inning when outfield candidate Ryan LaMarre led off with a double off the right-field wall and Tanner English launched a home run onto the left-field berm.

Houston, meanwhile, rode two J.D. Davis solo home runs to a 2-0 lead at Hammond Stadium but could add no more. Lance Lynn allowed Davis first hit, but no other runs in four innings, and Trevor Hildenberger allowed a Davis home run in two innings. Ryan Pressly and Taylor Rogers each shut out the Astros, giving the Twins a chance to tie at the end.

Miguel Sano and Joe Mauer each drew a walk, and Sano reached base when shortstop Alex De Goti booted a ground ball for an error. But the Twins starters missing only starting catcher from a plausible Opening Day lineup otherwise went down meekly against Astros rookie righthander Rogelio Armenteros, who pitched the first three innings, and relievers Reymin Guduan, Joe Smith and Trent Thornton.