Kennys Vargas delivered a two-run single in the top of the eighth inning as the Twins topped the Astros 3-1 at Minute Maid Park. Danny Santana went 4-for-5 and Joe Mauer [[ MOW-er ]] homered for Minnesota, which took two-of-three in the series. Kyle Gibson pitched seven-and-two-thirds innings of one-run ball to move to 11-and-9. Glen Perkins posted his 30th save. The Twins have today off. They will begin a four-game series with the Royals tomorrow night at Target Field. Minnesota went 3-and-4 on its road trip to Oakland and Houston. Ricky Nolasco gets the ball tomorrow for Minnesota. He is 5-and-7 with a 5.90 ERA in 18 starts. KC will counter with left-hander Danny Duffy, who is 7-and-10 with a 2.57 ERA.