Twins beat White Sox 5-3, open 5-game AL Central lead

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) As the Minnesota Twins move closer to a postseason berth, Jose Berrios' confidence grows.

Berrios pitched into the eighth inning to win his second straight start, Mitch Garver hit a go-ahead double and the Twins rallied to beat the Chicago White Sox 5-3 Monday night.

''Confidence is real, and every single guy here needs it to succeed to be their best self and their best version of them on the field,'' Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said. ''Jose certainly had it.''

Seeking their first AL Central title since 2010, the Twins opened a five-game lead over second-place Cleveland. At 92-58 with 12 games left, Minnesota is assured of its best record since finishing 94-68 in 2010.

Given an extra day of rest between starts, Berrios (13-8) allowed two runs and five hits in 7 1/3 innings with eight strikeouts and two walks. He was rewarded with a standing ovation when he was removed.

''Every outing I'm feeling better and better,'' Berrios said through a translator. ''My arm was feeling great today.''

Berrios' 188 1/3 innings are four shy of his career high, set last year. The two-time All-Star has changed his postgame routine in order to stay fresher between starts.

He pitched into the eighth inning for just the fifth time this season.

Tyler Duffey finished the eighth, and Sergio Romo allowed Eloy Jimenez's homer leading off the ninth before getting an out. Taylor Rogers needed just eight pitches to finish a six-hitter for his 27th save in 33 chances.

Following a weekend series against the Indians, Minnesota started a final stretch against teams with losing records: the White Sox, Kansas City and worst-in-the-majors Detroit.

White Sox starter Reynaldo Lopez gave up five runs and nine hits in 5 1/3 innings.

''I was feeling good today,'' Lopez said through a translator. ''I missed quite a bit with first-pitch strikes, and that got me into some trouble.''

Jose Abreu's sacrifice fly in the first and James McCann's homer in the second gave Chicago a 2-0 lead, but the Twins tied the score in the bottom half on Jorge Polanco's sacrifice fly and Nelson Cruz's RBI single.

After Garver put the Twins ahead for good, Luis Arraez hit a cue shot off the end of his bat that curved past third baseman Yoan Moncada for a two-run single in the sixth. Moncada appeared to be in position to make a play before the ball spun to his left and into the outfield.

''When he hit that ball, I don't think anybody realized it was going to do that, us included,'' Baldelli said. ''It was just a very unusual ball off the bat.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Twins: 1B Marwin Gonzalez went 1 for 4 in his return from an abdominal injury that had sidelined him since Aug. 27. ... INF Ehire Adrianza, who strained his right oblique on Thursday, hopes to start taking swings this weekend and remains optimistic he may play again during the regular season is over. ... RF Max Kepler was out of the lineup for the second straight game with left shoulder soreness. ... 1B C.J. Cron might need some time off to rest his injured right thumb, according to Baldelli.

UP NEXT

White Sox RHP Lucas Giolito was scratched from his scheduled start Tuesday because of a mild lat strain and will miss the rest of the season. LHP Ross Detwiler (2-5) will start against LHP Martin Perez (10-7). A first-time All-Star, Giolito finished 14-9 with a 3.41 ERA. ''He created a great foundation for himself going forward to be a very important part of a good team going forward,'' Chicago general manager Rick Hahn said.

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  • W: J. Berrios (13-8)L: R. Lopez (9-14)S: T. Rogers (27)
  • HR: CHW - J. McCann (17), E. Jimenez (28)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
L. Garcia CF-RF41100001.276.306.373.6792.0
Y. Moncada 3B40200001.310.365.538.9033.0
J. Abreu DH30010012.282.329.511.8400.5
E. Jimenez LF41111020.259.309.494.8035.0
J. McCann C41111020.273.328.461.7895.0
M. Skole 1B20000110.231.301.262.5630.5
a- W. Castillo PH10000000.203.266.396.6620.0
D. Mendick SS40000021.280.280.400.680-1.0
Y. Sanchez 2B20000111.246.318.315.6330.5
R. Goins RF30100011.257.342.357.6990.5
A. Engel PR-CF00000000.230.300.366.6660.0
  • a-grounded out for Skole in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
L. Arraez 2B40320000.350.415.451.8665.0
J. Polanco SS31110002.302.362.496.8574.0
N. Cruz DH40110012.298.378.618.9961.5
E. Rosario LF40000024.273.297.496.793-1.0
M. Garver C30210100.279.367.6451.0125.0
J. Cave RF40000015.251.337.440.777-0.5
M. Sano 3B31100100.242.343.554.8973.0
M. Gonzalez 1B42100011.262.322.418.7402.5
L. Wade CF31100002.143.368.286.6543.0
R. LaMarre CF00000000.000.167.000.1670.0
    BATTING
    • 2B - Y. Moncada (30)
    • HR - E. Jimenez (28), J. McCann (17)
    • SF - J. Abreu (10)
    • RBI - J. Abreu (118), E. Jimenez (70), J. McCann (56)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Abreu (41), D. Mendick, Y. Sanchez, R. Goins
    BATTING
    • 2B - J. Polanco (37), M. Garver (14), L. Wade
    • SF - J. Polanco (6)
    • RBI - L. Arraez 2 (24), J. Polanco (78), N. Cruz (97), M. Garver (65)
    • 2-Out RBI - N. Cruz (32), M. Garver (12)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - E. Rosario (49), J. Cave 3 (18)
    BASERUNNING
    • Picked Off - Y. Moncada (2)
    FIELDING
    • DP - 2 (Sanchez-Mendick-Skole; Fry-Sanchez-Skole)
    • E - E. Jimenez (3), Y. Sanchez (8)
    FIELDING
    • Outfield Assist - L. Wade
    • DP - (Wade-Gonzalez-Sano)
    • E - M. Sano (15)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    R. Lopez (L, 9-14)5.19552205.441.47-5.0
    J. Fry0.21000005.121.61-1.0
    J. Cordero1.00000103.641.043.5
    K. Herrera1.00000206.751.794.0
    PITCHERSIP
    R. Lopez (L, 9-14)5.1
    J. Fry0.2
    J. Cordero1.0
    K. Herrera1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    J. Berrios (W, 13-8)7.15222813.581.2126.0
    T. Duffey (H, 13)0.20000002.441.060.0
    S. Romo (H, 15)0.11110113.651.13-1.5
    T. Rogers (S, 27)0.20000102.371.017.5
    PITCHERSIP
    J. Berrios (W, 13-8)7.1
    T. Duffey (H, 13)0.2
    S. Romo (H, 15)0.1
    T. Rogers (S, 27)0.2
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - R. Lopez 95-62, J. Fry 5-3, J. Cordero 10-6, K. Herrera 16-10
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Lopez 7-7, J. Fry 1-0, J. Cordero 2-0
    • Batters Faced - R. Lopez 27, J. Fry 2, J. Cordero 3, K. Herrera 3
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - J. Berrios 94-65, T. Duffey 4-4, S. Romo 7-4, T. Rogers 8-6
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Berrios 9-4, T. Duffey 1-1, T. Rogers 1-0
    • Batters Faced - J. Berrios 28, T. Duffey 2, S. Romo 2, T. Rogers 2
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    L. Garcia CF-RF41100001.276.306.373.6792.0
    Y. Moncada 3B40200001.310.365.538.9033.0
    J. Abreu DH30010012.282.329.511.8400.5
    E. Jimenez LF41111020.259.309.494.8035.0
    J. McCann C41111020.273.328.461.7895.0
    M. Skole 1B20000110.231.301.262.5630.5
    a- W. Castillo PH10000000.203.266.396.6620.0
    D. Mendick SS40000021.280.280.400.680-1.0
    Y. Sanchez 2B20000111.246.318.315.6330.5
    R. Goins RF30100011.257.342.357.6990.5
    A. Engel PR-CF00000000.230.300.366.6660.0
    Total3136322107-----
    HITTERSAB
    L. Garcia CF-RF4
    Y. Moncada 3B4
    J. Abreu DH3
    E. Jimenez LF4
    J. McCann C4
    M. Skole 1B2
    a- W. Castillo PH1
    D. Mendick SS4
    Y. Sanchez 2B2
    R. Goins RF3
    A. Engel PR-CF0
    Total31
    • a-grounded out for Skole in the 9th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    L. Arraez 2B40320000.350.415.451.8665.0
    J. Polanco SS31110002.302.362.496.8574.0
    N. Cruz DH40110012.298.378.618.9961.5
    E. Rosario LF40000024.273.297.496.793-1.0
    M. Garver C30210100.279.367.6451.0125.0
    J. Cave RF40000015.251.337.440.777-0.5
    M. Sano 3B31100100.242.343.554.8973.0
    M. Gonzalez 1B42100011.262.322.418.7402.5
    L. Wade CF31100002.143.368.286.6543.0
    R. LaMarre CF00000000.000.167.000.1670.0
    Total32510502516-----
      BATTING
      • 2B - Y. Moncada (30)
      • HR - E. Jimenez (28), J. McCann (17)
      • SF - J. Abreu (10)
      • RBI - J. Abreu (118), E. Jimenez (70), J. McCann (56)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Abreu (41), D. Mendick, Y. Sanchez, R. Goins
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Polanco (37), M. Garver (14), L. Wade
      • SF - J. Polanco (6)
      • RBI - L. Arraez 2 (24), J. Polanco (78), N. Cruz (97), M. Garver (65)
      • 2-Out RBI - N. Cruz (32), M. Garver (12)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - E. Rosario (49), J. Cave 3 (18)
      BASERUNNING
      • Picked Off - Y. Moncada (2)
      FIELDING
      • DP - 2 (Sanchez-Mendick-Skole; Fry-Sanchez-Skole)
      • E - E. Jimenez (3), Y. Sanchez (8)
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - L. Wade
      • DP - (Wade-Gonzalez-Sano)
      • E - M. Sano (15)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      R. Lopez (L, 9-14)5.19552205.441.47-5.0
      J. Fry0.21000005.121.61-1.0
      J. Cordero1.00000103.641.043.5
      K. Herrera1.00000206.751.794.0
      Total8.01055250---
      PITCHERSIP
      R. Lopez (L, 9-14)5.1
      J. Fry0.2
      J. Cordero1.0
      K. Herrera1.0
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Berrios (W, 13-8)7.15222813.581.2126.0
      T. Duffey (H, 13)0.20000002.441.060.0
      S. Romo (H, 15)0.11110113.651.13-1.5
      T. Rogers (S, 27)0.20000102.371.017.5
      Total9.06332102---
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Berrios (W, 13-8)7.1
      T. Duffey (H, 13)0.2
      S. Romo (H, 15)0.1
      T. Rogers (S, 27)0.2
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - R. Lopez 95-62, J. Fry 5-3, J. Cordero 10-6, K. Herrera 16-10
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Lopez 7-7, J. Fry 1-0, J. Cordero 2-0
      • Batters Faced - R. Lopez 27, J. Fry 2, J. Cordero 3, K. Herrera 3
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Berrios 94-65, T. Duffey 4-4, S. Romo 7-4, T. Rogers 8-6
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Berrios 9-4, T. Duffey 1-1, T. Rogers 1-0
      • Batters Faced - J. Berrios 28, T. Duffey 2, S. Romo 2, T. Rogers 2
      • 9TH INNING
        Jimenez homered to left center35
      • 6TH INNING
        Arraez singled to left, Gonzalez and Wade scored25
      • 5TH INNING
        Garver doubled to deep right center, Polanco scored23
      • 2ND INNING
        Cruz singled to center, Gonzalez scored, Arraez to second22
        Polanco hit sacrifice fly to left, Sano scored21
        McCann homered to left center20
      • 1ST INNING
        Abreu hit sacrifice fly into double play center to first to third, Garcia scored, Moncada out at third10
      • 9TH INNING
        • Sergio Romo relieved Tyler Duffey
        • Ryan LaMarre in center field
        • E. Jimenez: Ball, Jimenez homered to left center
        • J. McCann: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, McCann struck out looking
        • Taylor Rogers relieved Sergio Romo
        • Welington Castillo hit for Matt Skole
        • W. Castillo: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Castillo grounded out to third
        • D. Mendick: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Mendick struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 9th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • J. Berrios Pitching:
        • R. Goins: Strike looking, Strike looking, Goins singled to left
        • Adam Engel ran for Ryan Goins
        • L. Garcia: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Garcia grounded out to first, Engel to second
        • Tyler Duffey relieved Jose Berrios
        • Y. Moncada: Strike looking, Moncada lined out to right, Engel to third
        • J. Abreu: Strike looking, Abreu grounded out to pitcher
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Kelvin Herrera relieved Jimmy Cordero
        • J. Cave: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Cave struck out swinging
        • M. Sano: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Sano flied out to right
        • M. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Gonzalez struck out swinging
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • J. Berrios Pitching:
        • J. McCann: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, McCann grounded out to shortstop
        • M. Skole: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Skole struck out swinging
        • D. Mendick: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Mendick safe at first on 3rd baseman Sano fielding error
        • Y. Sanchez: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Sanchez struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
        • Jimmy Cordero relieved Jace Fry
        • N. Cruz: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Cruz struck out swinging
        • E. Rosario: Ball, Strike swinging, Rosario grounded out to second
        • M. Garver: Ball, Ball, Garver grounded out to third
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • J. Berrios Pitching:
        • Y. Moncada: Ball, Ball, Moncada singled to left
        • J. Abreu: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Abreu flied out to center
        • E. Jimenez: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Moncada picked off at first, pitcher to first, Strike swinging, Jimenez struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • R. Lopez Pitching:
        • M. Sano: Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Sano walked
        • M. Gonzalez: Ball, Foul, Gonzalez reached on fielder's choice to second, Sano out at second
        • L. Wade: Wade doubled to deep left, Gonzalez to third
        • Jace Fry relieved Reynaldo Lopez
        • L. Arraez: Ball, Arraez singled to left, Gonzalez and Wade scored
        • J. Polanco: Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Polanco grounded into double play pitcher to second to first, Arraez out at second
        • End of the 6th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • J. Berrios Pitching:
        • Y. Sanchez: Sanchez lined out to center
        • R. Goins: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Goins struck out swinging
        • L. Garcia: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Garcia flied out to left
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • R. Lopez Pitching:
        • J. Polanco: Polanco doubled to deep right center
        • N. Cruz: Ball, Cruz flied out to left, Polanco to third on left fielder Jimenez throwing error
        • E. Rosario: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Rosario struck out swinging
        • M. Garver: Garver doubled to deep right center, Polanco scored
        • J. Cave: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Cave grounded out to pitcher
        • End of the 5th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
      • 4TH INNING
        • J. Berrios Pitching:
        • E. Jimenez: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Jimenez grounded out to shortstop
        • J. McCann: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, McCann struck out swinging
        • M. Skole: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Skole walked
        • D. Mendick: Pickoff attempt, Mendick grounded out to first
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • R. Lopez Pitching:
        • M. Gonzalez: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Gonzalez grounded out to second
        • L. Wade: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Wade grounded out to second
        • L. Arraez: Strike looking, Arraez lined out to left
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • J. Berrios Pitching:
        • L. Garcia: Strike swinging, Garcia grounded out to second
        • Y. Moncada: Strike looking, Ball, Moncada grounded out to pitcher
        • J. Abreu: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Abreu struck out looking
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • R. Lopez Pitching:
        • M. Garver: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Garver singled to center
        • J. Cave: Strike looking, Ball, Cave grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Garver out at second
        • M. Sano: Strike swinging, Ball, Sano grounded out to third
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • J. Berrios Pitching:
        • J. McCann: McCann homered to left center
        • M. Skole: Skole grounded out to third
        • D. Mendick: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Mendick struck out swinging
        • Y. Sanchez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Sanchez walked
        • R. Goins: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Goins grounded out to pitcher
        • Middle of the 2nd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • R. Lopez Pitching:
        • M. Sano: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Sano singled to left center
        • M. Gonzalez: Gonzalez singled to right, Sano to second
        • L. Wade: Ball, Strike looking, Wade flied out to left
        • L. Arraez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Arraez singled to center, Sano to third, Gonzalez to second
        • J. Polanco: Strike looking, Polanco hit sacrifice fly to left, Sano scored
        • N. Cruz: Ball, Ball, Cruz singled to center, Gonzalez scored, Arraez to second
        • E. Rosario: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Rosario struck out swinging
        • End of the 2nd (2 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • J. Berrios Pitching:
        • L. Garcia: Ball, Garcia singled to right
        • Y. Moncada: Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Moncada doubled to deep right, Garcia to third
        • J. Abreu: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Abreu hit sacrifice fly into double play center to first to third, Garcia scored, Moncada out at third
        • E. Jimenez: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Strike swinging, Jimenez struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • R. Lopez Pitching:
        • L. Arraez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Arraez reached on an infield single to shortstop
        • J. Polanco: Foul, Ball, Polanco flied out to left
        • N. Cruz: Strike looking, Cruz lined out to right
        • E. Rosario: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Rosario safe at first on 2nd baseman Sanchez fielding error, Arraez to second
        • M. Garver: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Garver walked, Arraez to third, Rosario to second
        • J. Cave: Ball, Cave lined out to left
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)