Altuve, Mancini HR; Valdez, Astros hand Twins 5th straight L

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Houston Astros' Jose Altuve (27) celebrates with Yordan Alvarez (44) after hitting a home run against the Minnesota Twins during the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2022, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

By KRISTIE RIEKEN

HOUSTON (AP) — Jose Altuve hit a leadoff homer and Trey Mancini added a two-run shot to back up another quality start by Framber Valdez, and the Houston Astros held on for a 5-3 win over the Minnesota Twins.

The Twins lost their fifth in a row.

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Valdez allowed two hits and one run with eight strikeouts in seven innings for his 21st consecutive quality start. That moved him past Mike Scott for the longest streak in franchise history. It’s the longest such streak in the majors since Jacob deGrom made 26 in a row from 2018 to 2019.