No lead is safe for the Astros, and the Twins are capitalizing on it.
After winning a second straight game in comeback fashion on Saturday night, the Twins are looking for a sweep when they host Houston on Sunday afternoon.
While Minnesota is wrapping up a six-game homestead, the weary Astros are ready to get home, with Sunday marking the final contest of an 11-day, 10-game road swing.
Tasked with closing out the homestand is Twins righty Mike Pelfrey, who gets the start, hoping to rebound from his last outing.
The Royals roughed him up for four runs and eight hits over four innings in a loss on Tuesday after four solid July starts.
"Four innings, that's brutal," Pelfrey said after the start. "I would have liked to have gone a lot deeper. When you have two guys on every inning, and you're walking guys -- I think I had 10 baserunners in four innings, it's tough. They always say no matter how it's going out there, you don't want to give up. You've got guys behind you. I kept trying to make pitches."
Pelfrey also lost his previous start, despite allowing just one earned run, putting him at 4-9 on the season.
Houston's bullpen was shaky before trading closer Jose Veras, but the past two games saw it squander late leads.
The only Astros' win in the last week came when Brett Oberholtzer tossed seven innings of shutout ball Wednesday, backed by 11 runs against the Orioles.
Righty Brad Peacock was recalled after Saturday's game to make the start for the Astros on Sunday.
Houston was forced to find a starter for the series finale after Dallas Keuchel came out of the bullpen and worked 1 2/3 innings in a 13-inning loss to the Twins on Friday. Peacock is 6-2 with a 2.73 ERA in 14 games (13 starts) with the RedHawks.
"He's thrown the ball extremely well," Astros manager Bo Porter said. "That's obviously factored into the decision-making."
Peacock, 25, began the year in the Astros' rotation and went 1-3 with an 8.44 ERA in five starts before being moved to the bullpen, where he posted a 7.04 ERA in four appearances (7 2/3 innings).
Porter said it's "definitely a possibility" that Peacock could remain in the rotation.
Astros: Learning through experience
Astros manager Bo Porter has spoken more than once about the 2013 season being a learning experience for his team, which is the youngest in the Majors. And the learning just doesn't take place on the field, where the Astros have the second-most errors of any team.
Porter has stressed to his players to not only learn from their own mistakes, but other people's mistakes as well.
"Watch the game in its entirety, see what's going on, and you'll be amazed how you can learn and not wait for someone else to teach it to you," he said.
Twins: Florimon day to day with wrist injury
Shortstop Pedro Florimon was scratched from the starting lineup of Saturday's 6-4 win over Houston and is considered day to day with a left wrist injury.
Twins general manager Terry Ryan said that Florimon tweaked the wrist during batting practice before the game and was pulled from the starting lineup as a precautionary measure. The injury mostly affects him when he's hitting right-handed, which he would have been doing against the Astros' starter on Saturday, lefty Erik Bedard.
• Astros second baseman Jose Altuve returned to the lineup Saturday after missing two games with a sore quad. He went 1-for-5 with an RBI double.
• Touted Twins prospect Andrew Albers will make his big league debut on Tuesday. The Canadian lefty will face Kansas City after joining the team before Saturday's game.