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2B Jose Altuve finished 3-for-4 with a double and a run scored, recording his 10th three-hit game and 34th multi-hit game of the season. Altuve leads the Astros in multi-hit games and matched his hit total from the first two games of this series plus the preceding three-game series in Chicago. Altuve batted second in the order, snapping a streak of 24 consecutive games in which he hit third.

LHP Brett Oberholtzer pitched his first career complete-game shutout, the first by a Houston pitcher this season. Oberholtzer allowed four hits (all singles) and one walk while striking out five batters. Oberholtzer became the first Houston rookie to toss a shutout since RHP Lucas Harrell did so against the San Diego Padres on June 27, 2012. He has recorded five quality starts in six major league starts since July 31.

RHP Paul Clemens will face the Twins for the first time when the Astros open a three-game series Monday. Clemens allowed one run on four hits over six innings in his first big-league start Aug. 27 at the Chicago White Sox. He made 30 relief appearances with the Astros earlier this season, then was recalled last week from Triple-A Oklahoma City, where he went 3-2 with a 4.50 ERA in six starts.

RHP Jorge De Leon was recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City on Sunday. He is 10-17 with a 4.68 ERA between Double-A and Triple-A this season. He also has a 10.8 ERA in 1 2/3 innings pitched with the Astros this season.

C Jason Castro recorded his 35th double on the season, driving home 2B Jose Altuve with the winning run in the eighth inning. Castro holds the club record for doubles by a catcher, and is the first Houston player with 35-plus doubles since Carlos Lee recorded 38 doubles in 2011. Castro snapped an 0-for-10 funk that followed an eight-game hit streak.

CF Trevor Crowe was recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City and finished 2-for-4 with a double Sunday. Crowe hit .200 in 34 games with the Astros before suffering a right shoulder sprain on June 20. He was optioned to the Oklahoma City on Aug. 11. In 60 games with Oklahoma City, Crowe hit .304.

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