ASTROS 2, TWINS 0
Justin Verlander struck out nine over seven dominant innings, and Carlos Correa had two hits and scored twice.
Verlander (2-0) was in control throughout on a chilly night with a first-pitch temperature of 35 degrees. The right-hander gave up three hits and walked one while helping the reigning World Series champions match their best 11-game start by going 9-2. Verlander improved to 11-1 in 14 games, including the playoffs, since being traded to Houston last season.
Ken Giles earned his first save of the season by getting Byron Buxton to ground out with a runner on third in the ninth.
Twins reliever Taylor Rogers (1-1) allowed a leadoff double to Correa in the sixth after coming in for starter Lance Lynn. Correa scored from third on rookie J.D. Davis’ liner to left field off reliever Trevor Hildenberger.
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