Bielak (2-2) drove in one run, three hits and three walks in 5 2/3 innings while striking out six.
Christian Vazquez had two of Minnesota’s six hits and drove in his lone run.
Ryan cruised through the bottom of the first without incident, knocking out Jeremy Pena and Yordan Alvarez in succession to cap that frame. But Bregman opened the second with his seventh homer, raising an 0-2 sweeper from 357 feet and into left field for a homer that wouldn’t have gone over the fence in the majors’ other 29 homers, according to Baseball Savant.
This dinger marked the first allowed by Ryan in his last seven starts.
Four batters later, McCormick delivered a titanic 417-foot blast to left center that left no doubt about his legitimacy. McCormick brought Corey Julks home with his fourth homer and extended the lead to 3-0.
Bregman touched Ryan again an inning later, delivering an RBI single to the left that tackled Pena and pushed the lead to 4-0. Ryan launched a march to Kyle Tucker who charged the bases and barely averted disaster when Jose Abreu followed with a deep drive to the right that Max Kepler trapped with a bounding hold on the wall.
Instead of his fifth career Grand Slam, Abreu settled for a sacrificial fly that brought Alvarez home as the Astros increased their lead to 5-0
Ryan worked a season-low four runs while allowing season-highs in runs (five) and walks (three). He returned four hits and struck out six.
Bielak rode through his first four innings of work, walking Alex Kirilloff in the second and Joey Gallo in the third to account for his only base runners. Bielak gave Royce Lewis a brace in the fifth, and Lewis eventually scored when Vazquez delivered a two-out RBI single that cut the deficit to four runs.
When Bielak ran into trouble again in the sixth inning putting runners into the corners with two out, Astros reliever Phil Maton cleaned up the mess with a strikeout from Lewis
THE Twins finished 1 for 8 with runners in scoring position and nine base runners blocked