Twins overtake Tigers 4-2 behind strong start from Berrios

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) While Jose Berrios struggled through a four-start stretch that began in mid-April, the Minnesota Twins were reeling for most of that time.

His last two turns have been masterpieces, and maybe the injury-affected Twins have found a groove again.

Logan Morrison forced in the go-ahead run with a four-pitch walk in the eighth inning after striking out in his first three at-bats, propelling Berrios and the Twins to a 4-2 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Monday night.

''We're just going to keep sticking together and play hard and see where it takes us,'' Berrios said through the team interpreter after striking out nine and giving up just three hits and two walks over eight innings.

Nicholas Castellanos gave the Tigers a 2-0 lead with a home run to straightaway center field in the first inning and a two-out RBI single in the third, both hits on first pitches. Berrios (5-4) then retired 15 straight batters after that to sail past the seven-inning mark he's reached in half of his 10 starts. He gave up one run on just two hits and one walk in seven innings with 10 strikeouts to beat St. Louis last week, rediscovering his sharp-breaking curveball.

''At the beginning of the game it kind of felt like they knew what I was going to throw,'' Berrios said, ''so we went back to the dugout and kind of came back with a different game plan.''

Fernando Rodney closed with a perfect ninth for his 10th save in 13 tries. Rodney, whose first eight seasons of his major league career were with the Tigers, has converted eight straight saves in 10 consecutive scoreless innings.

The more relevant reunion was the return of Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire to Minnesota, where he managed the Twins for 13 seasons. This was the first game between the division rivals since Gardenhire was hired by Detroit, but the Tigers dropped their fourth straight game. They have only 13 runs in their last six games.

Gardenhire never managed Berrios, but the right-hander was a rising star in the farm system during the end of his tenure with the Twins.

''You can see him understanding probably what hitters are trying to do a little bit more,'' Gardenhire said. ''He's always had that fastball, and he's very athletic out there. You knew it was just a matter of time.''

Max Kepler hit a two-run double in the fifth off Tigers starter Blaine Hardy to tie the game and nearly gave the Twins the lead that inning, but he was ruled out at home trying to score on Eduardo Escobar's two-out single to left field. The original safe call was reversed by replay review that declared catcher James McCann's tag clipped Kepler's back just before his leg slid across the plate. Kepler thought his drive off the tall wall in right-center was going to reach the seats, and his admiration might have cost him a triple.

Morrison made sure that potential mistake didn't matter by keenly watching Tigers reliever Daniel Stumpf (1-3) throw four straight balls with the bases loaded after Gardenhire elected to intentionally walk Mitch Garver.

READY ROSARIO

Eddie Rosario's double off an uppercut swing on a high pitch sparked the rally in the eighth after a one-out walk by Escobar. Robbie Grossman tacked on a sacrifice fly when Rosario startled the Tigers with a delayed tag on a pop out to shallow right field, scoring without a play at the plate.

''That's our Puerto Rican style right there for you,'' Berrios said.

Rosario ended the game with a leaping catch and crash against the left-field wall.

''I've learned not to blink,'' manager Paul Molitor said. ''He gets my attention.''

HEARTY HARDY

Hardy finished five innings without a walk in his second major league start, allowing seven hits and the two runs with four strikeouts. He went eight days between turns with one six-pitch relief appearance in between.

''The fact that I was able to get through five this time is a bonus,'' Hardy said. ''Obviously I want to go a little bit farther.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Tigers: 1B Miguel Cabrera (strained right hamstring) is still being brought along slowly, following his first on-field batting practice action on Saturday since the injury occurred 2 1/2 weeks ago. ''But he's actually feeling really, really good,'' Gardenhire said. ... 3B Jeimer Candelario (left wrist tendinitis) could start a rehab assignment this week. ''The smart thing might be to get him some real action here and not just BP,'' Gardenhire said.

Twins: 1B Joe Mauer was back at the ballpark after staying home over the weekend with a sore neck and concussion-like symptoms. ''He's doing a little better,'' Molitor said. ... 3B Miguel Sano (strained left hamstring) was slated to play his first full game on Tuesday on his rehab assignment with Triple-A Rochester.

UP NEXT

Tigers: LHP Matthew Boyd (2-3, 3.19 ERA) pitches on Tuesday night. He has completed at least six innings in seven of his eight turns this season, with five starts allowing two runs or fewer.

Twins: RHP Lance Lynn (1-4, 7.47 ERA) takes the mound in the middle game of the series. He gave up three runs on four hits and four walks in three innings last week in a loss to the Cardinals.

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  • W: J. Berrios (5-4)L: D. Stumpf (1-3)S: F. Rodney (10)
  • HR: DET - N. Castellanos (5)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
L. Martin CF40000013.261.323.451.773-0.5
N. Castellanos RF41221000.316.367.500.8678.0
V. Martinez DH40000011.234.304.369.673-0.5
J. Hicks 1B40000010.290.339.520.859-0.5
N. Goodrum 3B30000020.242.303.451.754-1.0
J. McCann C30000010.264.323.386.708-0.5
J. Jones LF30000020.229.273.382.655-1.0
J. Iglesias SS31100000.250.297.369.6653.0
D. Machado 2B10000210.214.269.292.5621.5
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    B. Dozier 2B41100012.230.299.399.6982.5
    M. Kepler RF40120010.250.335.467.8023.5
    E. Escobar 3B31200100.292.347.539.8864.0
    E. Rosario LF41100001.292.316.542.8583.0
    M. Garver C30100100.254.312.394.7062.0
    L. Morrison 1B30010132.206.316.368.6840.5
    R. Grossman DH21110100.237.313.351.6634.0
    E. Adrianza SS30100013.209.274.267.5411.5
    B. Buxton CF30000013.157.192.200.392-0.5
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Iglesias (11)
      • HR - N. Castellanos (5)
      • RBI - N. Castellanos 2 (26)
      • 2-Out RBI - N. Castellanos (9)
      BATTING
      • 2B - B. Dozier (7), M. Kepler (13), E. Rosario (13), E. Adrianza (5)
      • SF - R. Grossman (3)
      • SH - E. Adrianza
      • RBI - M. Kepler 2 (21), L. Morrison (18), R. Grossman (14)
      • 2-Out RBI - M. Kepler 2 (10)
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - J. Jones (2)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Adrianza-Dozier-Morrison)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      B. Hardy5.07220403.461.468.0
      L. Coleman2.00001100.000.885.5
      D. Stumpf (L, 1-3)0.11223106.322.04-10.5
      W. Saupold0.20000102.161.440.5
      PITCHERSIP
      B. Hardy5.0
      L. Coleman2.0
      D. Stumpf (L, 1-3)0.1
      W. Saupold0.2
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Berrios (W, 5-4)8.03222913.820.9131.5
      F. Rodney (S, 10)1.00000002.701.2610.0
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Berrios (W, 5-4)8.0
      F. Rodney (S, 10)1.0
      PITCHING
      • IBB - D. Stumpf
      • Pitches-Strikes - B. Hardy 77-53, L. Coleman 30-18, D. Stumpf 21-10, W. Saupold 10-6
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - L. Coleman 2-3
      • Batters Faced - B. Hardy 21, L. Coleman 7, D. Stumpf 5, W. Saupold 2
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Berrios 107-68, F. Rodney 12-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Berrios 4-10
      • Batters Faced - J. Berrios 28, F. Rodney 3
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      L. Martin CF40000013.261.323.451.773-0.5
      N. Castellanos RF41221000.316.367.500.8678.0
      V. Martinez DH40000011.234.304.369.673-0.5
      J. Hicks 1B40000010.290.339.520.859-0.5
      N. Goodrum 3B30000020.242.303.451.754-1.0
      J. McCann C30000010.264.323.386.708-0.5
      J. Jones LF30000020.229.273.382.655-1.0
      J. Iglesias SS31100000.250.297.369.6653.0
      D. Machado 2B10000210.214.269.292.5621.5
      Total292321294-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        B. Dozier 2B41100012.230.299.399.6982.5
        M. Kepler RF40120010.250.335.467.8023.5
        E. Escobar 3B31200100.292.347.539.8864.0
        E. Rosario LF41100001.292.316.542.8583.0
        M. Garver C30100100.254.312.394.7062.0
        L. Morrison 1B30010132.206.316.368.6840.5
        R. Grossman DH21110100.237.313.351.6634.0
        E. Adrianza SS30100013.209.274.267.5411.5
        B. Buxton CF30000013.157.192.200.392-0.5
        Total2948404711-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - J. Iglesias (11)
          • HR - N. Castellanos (5)
          • RBI - N. Castellanos 2 (26)
          • 2-Out RBI - N. Castellanos (9)
          BATTING
          • 2B - B. Dozier (7), M. Kepler (13), E. Rosario (13), E. Adrianza (5)
          • SF - R. Grossman (3)
          • SH - E. Adrianza
          • RBI - M. Kepler 2 (21), L. Morrison (18), R. Grossman (14)
          • 2-Out RBI - M. Kepler 2 (10)
          FIELDING
          • Outfield Assist - J. Jones (2)
          FIELDING
          • DP - (Adrianza-Dozier-Morrison)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          B. Hardy5.07220403.461.468.0
          L. Coleman2.00001100.000.885.5
          D. Stumpf (L, 1-3)0.11223106.322.04-10.5
          W. Saupold0.20000102.161.440.5
          Total8.0844470---
          PITCHERSIP
          B. Hardy5.0
          L. Coleman2.0
          D. Stumpf (L, 1-3)0.1
          W. Saupold0.2
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          J. Berrios (W, 5-4)8.03222913.820.9131.5
          F. Rodney (S, 10)1.00000002.701.2610.0
          Total9.0322291---
          PITCHERSIP
          J. Berrios (W, 5-4)8.0
          F. Rodney (S, 10)1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • IBB - D. Stumpf
          • Pitches-Strikes - B. Hardy 77-53, L. Coleman 30-18, D. Stumpf 21-10, W. Saupold 10-6
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - L. Coleman 2-3
          • Batters Faced - B. Hardy 21, L. Coleman 7, D. Stumpf 5, W. Saupold 2
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - J. Berrios 107-68, F. Rodney 12-9
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Berrios 4-10
          • Batters Faced - J. Berrios 28, F. Rodney 3
          • 8TH INNING
            Grossman hit sacrifice fly to center, Rosario scored24
            Morrison walked, Escobar scored, Rosario to third, Garver to second23
          • 5TH INNING
            Kepler doubled to deep right, Grossman and Dozier scored22
          • 3RD INNING
            Castellanos singled to center, Iglesias scored20
          • 1ST INNING
            Castellanos homered to center10
          • 9TH INNING
            • Fernando Rodney relieved Jose Berrios
            • N. Castellanos: Ball, Strike looking, Castellanos flied out to center
            • V. Martinez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Martinez flied out to deep left
            • J. Hicks: Strike swinging, Hicks flied out to deep left
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • J. Berrios Pitching:
            • J. Jones: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Jones grounded out to third
            • J. Iglesias: Ball, Iglesias grounded out to shortstop
            • D. Machado: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Machado walked
            • L. Martin: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Ball, Martin popped out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Daniel Stumpf relieved Louis Coleman
            • M. Kepler: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul tip, Kepler struck out on foul tip
            • E. Escobar: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Escobar walked
            • E. Rosario: Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Rosario doubled to deep right center, Escobar to third
            • M. Garver: Garver intentionally walked
            • L. Morrison: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Morrison walked, Escobar scored, Rosario to third, Garver to second
            • Warwick Saupold relieved Daniel Stumpf
            • R. Grossman: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Grossman hit sacrifice fly to center, Rosario scored
            • E. Adrianza: Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Adrianza struck out swinging
            • End of the 8th (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • J. Berrios Pitching:
            • J. Hicks: Strike swinging, Hicks flied out to left
            • N. Goodrum: Ball, Foul, Ball, Goodrum flied out to center
            • J. McCann: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, McCann struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • L. Coleman Pitching:
            • R. Grossman: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Grossman walked
            • E. Adrianza: Adrianza hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, Grossman to second
            • B. Buxton: Ball, Buxton flied out to deep right, Grossman to third
            • B. Dozier: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Dozier grounded out to third
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • J. Berrios Pitching:
            • L. Martin: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Martin grounded out to second
            • N. Castellanos: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Castellanos flied out to center
            • V. Martinez: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Martinez struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Louis Coleman relieved Blaine Hardy
            • E. Rosario: Ball, Foul, Ball, Rosario lined out to second
            • M. Garver: Garver lined out to third
            • L. Morrison: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Morrison struck out swinging
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • J. Berrios Pitching:
            • J. Jones: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Jones struck out swinging
            • J. Iglesias: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Iglesias flied out to left
            • D. Machado: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Machado struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • B. Hardy Pitching:
            • R. Grossman: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Grossman singled to deep left
            • E. Adrianza: Adrianza popped bunt out to pitcher
            • B. Buxton: Buxton flied out to left
            • B. Dozier: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Dozier doubled to shallow right, Grossman to third
            • M. Kepler: Ball, Kepler doubled to deep right, Grossman and Dozier scored
            • E. Escobar: Escobar singled to left, Kepler out at home
            • End of the 5th (2 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • J. Berrios Pitching:
            • J. Hicks: Hicks popped out to shortstop
            • N. Goodrum: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Goodrum struck out swinging
            • J. McCann: Ball, Strike looking, McCann lined out to third
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • B. Hardy Pitching:
            • M. Kepler: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Kepler lined out to left
            • E. Escobar: Strike swinging, Foul, Escobar singled to shallow center
            • E. Rosario: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Rosario flied out to center
            • M. Garver: Strike looking, Garver singled to deep right, Escobar to third
            • L. Morrison: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Morrison struck out on foul tip
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • J. Berrios Pitching:
            • J. Iglesias: Iglesias doubled to left
            • D. Machado: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Machado walked
            • L. Martin: Foul, Pickoff attempt to second, Martin grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Iglesias to third, Machado out at second
            • N. Castellanos: Castellanos singled to center, Iglesias scored
            • V. Martinez: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Martinez lined out to first
            • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • B. Hardy Pitching:
            • R. Grossman: Strike looking, Grossman flied out to right
            • E. Adrianza: Adrianza doubled to left
            • B. Buxton: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Buxton struck out swinging
            • B. Dozier: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Dozier struck out swinging
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • J. Berrios Pitching:
            • N. Goodrum: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Goodrum struck out looking
            • J. McCann: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, McCann popped out to second
            • J. Jones: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Jones struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • B. Hardy Pitching:
            • E. Rosario: Strike looking, Rosario flied out to center
            • M. Garver: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Garver fouled out to third
            • L. Morrison: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Morrison struck out looking
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • J. Berrios Pitching:
            • L. Martin: Strike swinging, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Martin struck out swinging
            • N. Castellanos: Castellanos homered to center
            • V. Martinez: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Martinez lined out to center
            • J. Hicks: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Hicks struck out looking
            • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • B. Hardy Pitching:
            • B. Dozier: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Dozier popped out to second
            • M. Kepler: Ball, Kepler popped out to pitcher
            • E. Escobar: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Escobar flied out to deep right
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)