Astros use 3-run 9th inning to beat Twins 4-1

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MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (AP) — Jose Altuve drew a bases-loaded walk to force in the go-ahead run in the ninth inning for Houston after a two-out error by Minnesota shortstop Jorge Polanco, and the Astros took Game 1 of the best-of-three AL wild card series 4-1.

That stretched the Twins’ all-time record postseason losing streak to 17 straight games.

Michael Brantley tacked on a two-run single in the ninth after Sergio Romo walked the 5-foot-6 Altuve.

Framber Valdez pitched five scoreless innings in relief of Zack Greinke for the victory to keep the bullpen fresh for the rest of the series.

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