- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 13, 2014

HOUSTON (AP) - Minnesota Twins rookie Yohan Pino was well aware of Houston Astros slugger Chris Carter’s hot hitting.

But despite Pino’s best efforts to dodge the dangers of throwing strikes to him, Carter connected twice for home runs as the Astros cruised to a 10-4 win over the Twins on Tuesday night.

“I wanted to try to stay away,” Pino said. “I tried to throw a slider away to try to get a ground ball, but I left it up.”

The game was tied in the third inning when Carter’s two-out, two-run drive to the Crawford Boxes in left field put Houston up 3-1.

Carter homered again on his next at-bat with a three-run shot in the fifth to chase Pino (1-5), who allowed a season-high seven runs on seven hits in 4 1-3 innings for his third straight loss.

“We’ve seen Carter do that before,” Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. “He hit, I don’t know how many, off of Pino.”

Carter leads the majors with 15 homers since July 1. Tuesday was his second multihomer game in a week, and his 28 home runs are third in the American League.

Collin McHugh (5-9) allowed four hits and a run in six innings for the win.

Oswaldo Arcia homered twice for the Twins for his first career multihomer game. He gave Minnesota a 1-0 lead in the second inning and added a two-run shot in the ninth.

Kennys Vargas added a solo homer in the ninth.

“We just didn’t pitch well enough,” Gardenhire said. “They made us pay every time we made a bad pitch in some bad situations.”

After a rough seven-walk debut in a 9-4 loss in Oakland on Saturday, Trevor May relieved Pino and struggled more with his control. May walked two and allowed three runs on three hits in 2 1-3 innings.

“It was better than the first time, but I’ve still got a long way to go,” May said. “Things just didn’t go my way.”

Jake Marisnick, who finished with two hits, tied it with a solo homer to start Houston’s third before Carter’s first home run put the Astros ahead.

McHugh had retired nine in a row before Danny Santana doubled with no outs in the sixth inning. But McHugh sat down the next three Twins to end the inning. Minnesota couldn’t string together any hits and didn’t have more than one runner on in an inning.

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