Rookie Jax has solid start, helps Twins beat Astros 5-3

HOUSTON (AP) – The Minnesota Twins got a solid start from rookie Griffin Jax, and Andrelton Simmons drove in two runs as they built a big lead early and held on for a 5-3 win over the Houston Astros on Thursday night.

Jax (2-1) allowed three hits and one run in a career-high 5 1/3 innings for his first career win as a starter.

The Twins jumped on Houston starter Framber Valdez (7-3) early to take control of the game.

The Astros, who got a home runs from Jason Castro and Yordan Alvarez, are tied for the best record in the American League at 65-44 despite losing four of their last five.