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Cristian Javier subdues Twins to put Astros on cusp of ALCS

MINNEAPOLIS -- In his first postseason start since a combined World Series no-hitter last year, Houston Astros right-hander Cristian Javier was introduced to the cruel fates of regression.

He gave up one hit.

Javier continued his historic postseason stinginess Tuesday, going five sterling innings as the Astros subdued the Minnesota Twins in a 9-1 victory in the pivotal Game 3 of their best-of-five American League Division Series. Houston can clinch its seventh consecutive ALCS appearance with a win at Target Field on Wednesday or, if the Twins force a Game 5, in Houston on Friday.