Berrios dazzles as Twins salvage doubleheader split

Rufina Vignone
Mag 20, 2017

It will be made up as part of a day-night doubleheader on Thursday, which was scheduled for an afternoon game before the Rockies would fly to Cincinnati where they'll open a 3-game weekend series on Friday.

The Minnesota Twins won the last game of the series in 2-0 fashion Thursday night. Over the past week, they've scored seven or more three times, and been held to three or less four times. "I didn't have that past year".

Berrios was able to take a game and do something that we haven't seen from a Twins pitcher very often as of late outside of Ervin Santana.

"I kind of anticipated it was going to happen", he said. Matt Davidson hit a two-run homer in the seventh inning, and Todd Frazier and Tim Anderson added back-to-back solo shots off Seattle reliever Dan Altavilla with two outs in the eighth to tie it. "We've gone with three", Molitor said with a chuckle, "and now we need a sixth". Berrios hit two batters in the first two innings but stranded each with strikeouts. Chatwood, in fact, was erratic, but give him credit for hanging tough, allowing two runs in five innings, despite walking five and throwing 105 pitches, just 54 for strikes.

Gerardo Parra had Colorado's first hit to lead off the fifth but he was caught stealing on a missed hit-and-run play.

Thursday's doubleheader is a good test for two teams who now lead their respective divisions.

Wednesday's postponement was the fourth for the Twins this season and the second for the Rockies following their first at home last Tuesday.

"He backed up the last one; might even have been a touch better", said Twins manager Paul Molitor, who was booed by the hometown crowd as he went to pull Berrios in the eighth inning with 106 pitches. After that, Santana allowed one more run but retired nine of last 10 batters he faced. Grossman did the driving in for Minnesota's second run in the fourth inning when his single scored Ehire Adrianza, who led off the inning with a double.

Arenado has been especially potent at the plate during the first inning this season.

Santana was one strike from finishing a flawless first inning before Arenado belted a full-count fastball into the second deck above left field for his 10th homer. Ian Desmond followed with an RBI single, but Reynolds was thrown out at home by Minnesota right fielder Max Kepler. Colorado manager Bud Black said SS Trevor Story (left shoulder strain) would start a rehab assignment with Triple-A Albuquerque on Friday.

ROYALS 5, YANKEES 1: Danny Duffy tossed seven innings of three-hit ball, Mike Moustakas hit a three-run homer and the Kansas City Royals beat the New York Yankees to avoid a three-game sweep. Black was noncommittal for Monday, when the team will play at Philadelphia, but Jeff Hoffman could be recalled from Triple-A for that game.

After the disastrous 1-6 road trip, the Reds will return to Great American Ball Park to kick off a five-game home stand.

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