- Associated Press - Saturday, June 7, 2014

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - After another strong start by Dallas Keuchel and an impressive home run from George Springer, it was Dexter Fowler who saved the game for the Houston Astros’ with a diving catch.

Keuchel didn’t allow a run over six innings, Springer hit his 11th home run and the Astros held on to beat the Minnesota Twins 5-4 on Friday night.

The Twins could have tied the game in the eighth inning if not for Fowler’s spectacular, diving grab that robbed Trevor Plouffe of a leadoff extra-base hit.

“That play by Dexter Fowler may have been the play of the game,” Astros manager Bo Porter said. “That’s a leadoff double, if not a triple, if he ends up diving and not getting the ball.”

Marwin Gonzalez and Matt Dominguez also homered off Phil Hughes (6-2), who lost for the first time in nine starts. The Astros have won six straight road games and 10 of their last 13 overall.

Danny Santana hit his first career home run, a two-run shot in the seventh inning off reliever Tony Sipp as the Twins tried to rally late.

After the start of the game was delayed 1 hour, 21 minutes by a storm that never arrived, Keuchel (7-3) struck out six and won for the fifth time in his last six starts.

Springer drove a pitch from Hughes that was down and away and off the plate an estimated 402 feet to the opposite field in the sixth to give Houston a 5-0 lead.

“That there is what you call power to all fields,” Porter said with a big smile on his face.

It was Springer’s first homer in June after he hit 10 in May and was selected the American League rookie of the month.

Since May 11, Houston is 16-9 and on track to avoid 100-plus losses for the first time since 2010.

Gonzalez pulled back on a drag bunt attempt in the third, then lined the next pitch over the wall in right field to give the Astros a 1-0 lead.

Dominguez drove a high fastball from Hughes to straightaway center in the fourth, hitting it just far enough to get it over the glove of a leaping Aaron Hicks.

It was the first time Hughes allowed multiple homers since his first start of the season on April 3. Coming into the game, Hughes had allowed only four home runs all season and just one in his last 48 innings.

“Just the mistakes over the plate really,” Hughes said. “I didn’t have my best fastball tonight and just wasn’t making adjustments the way I had before.”

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