Astros take control early to win critical Game 3, leave Twins season on the brink


October 11, 2023

Jeff Wheeler, Star Tribune

The Twins huddled around the mound after Sonny Gray was lifted in the fifth inning. Gray allowed five runs, four earned to take the loss in Game 3.

With two games at home and Sonny Gray on the mound, the Twins' route to the AL Championship Series seemed sunny and bright.

Now? Everywhere they look, there are shadows.

Shadows made Cristian Javier's slider difficult to detect, the Twins said Tuesday, though the Astros had far less trouble picking up Gray's pitches in the midafternoon sunlight. Suddenly, a team that came home dreaming of the World Series is one loss away from elimination after absorbing a 9-1 drubbing at Target Field, their most lopsided playoff loss in 21 years.


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