Berrios dazzles as Twins salvage doubleheader split

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) If the pitching-starved Minnesota Twins are going to continue their surprising run to begin the 2017 season, they're going to need Jose Berrios to be a key part of their starting rotation.

So far, so good for Berrios and the Twins.

The 22-year-old right-hander allowed two hits and struck out 11 over 7 2/3 innings as the Twins beat the Colorado Rockies 2-0 on Thursday night, salvaging a split of an interleague doubleheader between the first-place teams in the AL Central and NL West.

The Twins scored just three runs in the doubleheader, but Berrios (2-0) made his scant support in the nightcap hold up with the best outing of his young career.

''(Berrios) looked a lot like Jose Fernandez, to be honest; explosive quick heater, that sweeping curveball that he can turn into a slider,'' Rockies first baseman Ian Desmond said. ''He looked good. Sometimes you got to tip your cap, and I have no shame in doing that today.''

In Game 1, Nolan Arenado homered and Mark Reynolds drove in two runs to lead the Rockies to a 5-1 victory. They scored all their runs off Twins starter Ervin Santana (6-2), who entered the day leading the majors with a 1.50 ERA but struggled for his second straight home start.

In the nightcap, Berrios showed why he's being touted as Minnesota's next ace. He posted an 8.02 ERA in 14 starts last year, walking 35 batters in 58 1/3 innings. But in his 2017 debut on May 13 at Cleveland, Berrios allowed just one run, two hits and one walk while pitching into the eighth inning. On Thursday he was even better, posting a career high in strikeouts and throwing first-pitch strikes to 21 of 27 hitters he faced.

''The work I put in in the offseason and during spring training and be able to be ahead of the hitters gives me the confidence,'' Berrios said through an interpreter. ''I can tell you guys that I'm 100 percent compared to last year in my confidence. I didn't have that last year.''

The Twins got RBI singles from Max Kepler in the first inning and Robbie Grossman in the fourth. They were two of five hits allowed by Tyler Chatwood (3-6), who also walked five and struck out four in five innings.

HOMETOWN HASSLE

Berrios issued his only walk of the game to pinch-hitter Tony Wolters with two outs in the eighth. When Twins manager Paul Molitor came out to pull Berrios from the game with left-hander Charlie Blackmon up next, Twins fans gave the manager a hearty round of boos.

Reliever Taylor Rogers came on to retire Blackmon on a fly ball, Brandon Kintzler worked a scoreless ninth for his 11th save in 12 chances, and Molitor was able to laugh about the heckling after the game.

''I kind of anticipated it was going to happen,'' he said. ''That's why I called for him early so I didn't change my mind on the way out.''

REYNOLDS ROLLING

Reynolds has a team-leading 35 RBIs to go with a whopping 1.008 on-base-plus-slugging percentage. He signed a minor league contract a couple of weeks before spring training, and has been difficult to bench even with Desmond back from injury. With the interleague matchup, manager Bud Black was able to use Reynolds as the designated hitter.

ROTATION ROULETTE

The rainout Wednesday night forced the day-night, split-admission doubleheader Thursday and threw a curveball at the pitching plans for both teams.

While Chatwood and Berrios pitched the second game, neither manager expressed interest in bringing any of Thursday's starters back Monday on short rest.

Molitor announced that Alejandro Mejia will start Saturday against Kansas City, leaving options open for Monday. Black was noncommittal for Monday, when the team will play at Philadelphia, but Jeff Hoffman could be recalled from Triple-A for that game.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rockies: SS Trevor Story, placed on the 10-day DL a week ago with a strained left shoulder, took batting practice before the game and was dispatched to a rehab assignment with Triple-A Albuquerque. He's batting only .180 with a team-high 48 strikeouts in 111 at-bats.

UP NEXT

Rockies: LHP Tyler Anderson (2-4, 6.43 ERA) will take the mound Friday at Cincinnati, with RHP Lisalverto Bonilla (0-1, 4.85) pitching for the Reds.

Twins: RHP Hector Santiago (4-2, 3.80 ERA) will pitch Friday against Kansas City, opposite RHP Nate Karns (2-2, 4.46) for the Royals.

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  • W: J. Berrios (2-0)L: T. Chatwood (3-6)S: B. Kintzler (11)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
C. Blackmon CF40000011.315.356.601.957-0.5
D. LeMahieu 2B40000010.280.348.348.696-0.5
N. Arenado 3B30100010.299.354.586.9401.5
C. Gonzalez DH30100121.210.279.312.5911.0
I. Desmond 1B30000013.299.324.418.7420.5
G. Parra RF30100002.264.296.391.6870.0
R. Tapia LF30000031.000.083.000.083-1.5
P. Valaika SS30000020.234.265.511.776-1.0
R. Hanigan C20000000.280.308.400.7080.0
a- T. Wolters PH-C00000100.328.391.431.8221.0
  • a-walked for Hanigan in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
B. Dozier 2B50000016.231.336.392.728-0.5
R. Grossman LF41210002.250.400.364.7646.0
E. Rosario LF0000-000.274.295.419.000-
M. Sano DH40100022.293.424.6261.0500.0
J. Mauer 1B30100102.260.321.358.6793.0
M. Kepler RF30210100.252.346.409.7555.0
E. Escobar 3B40000025.229.299.443.742-1.0
J. Castro C10000300.200.321.356.6763.0
B. Buxton CF40000026.178.261.280.541-1.0
E. Adrianza SS31200100.300.333.400.7335.0
    BATTING
    • 2B - J. Mauer (6), M. Kepler (7), E. Adrianza
    • RBI - R. Grossman (11), M. Kepler (14)
    • 2-Out RBI - M. Kepler (5)
    BASERUNNING
    • CS - G. Parra (2)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - R. Grossman
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    T. Chatwood (L, 3-6)5.05225405.092.000.0
    C. Qualls1.00000002.160.003.0
    S. Oberg1.01000005.061.002.0
    C. Estevez1.02001307.303.001.5
    PITCHERSIP
    T. Chatwood (L, 3-6)5.0
    C. Qualls1.0
    S. Oberg1.0
    C. Estevez1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    J. Berrios (W, 2-0)7.220011100.590.3933.5
    T. Rogers (H, 11)0.10000003.650.000.0
    B. Kintzler (S, 11)1.01001002.002.008.0
    PITCHERSIP
    J. Berrios (W, 2-0)7.2
    T. Rogers (H, 11)0.1
    B. Kintzler (S, 11)1.0
    PITCHING
    • WP - T. Chatwood (3)
    • Pitches-Strikes - T. Chatwood 105-54, C. Qualls 15-9, S. Oberg 9-7, C. Estevez 27-18
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Chatwood 6-5, C. Qualls 2-1, S. Oberg 1-1
    • Batters Faced - T. Chatwood 25, C. Qualls 3, S. Oberg 3, C. Estevez 6
    PITCHING
    • WP - J. Berrios (2)
    • HBP - J. Berrios 2 (3)
    • Pitches-Strikes - J. Berrios 106-72, T. Rogers 3-2, B. Kintzler 15-8
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Berrios 5-6, B. Kintzler 2-0
    • Batters Faced - J. Berrios 27, T. Rogers, B. Kintzler 4
    • Balks - J. Berrios
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    C. Blackmon CF40000011.315.356.601.957-0.5
    D. LeMahieu 2B40000010.280.348.348.696-0.5
    N. Arenado 3B30100010.299.354.586.9401.5
    C. Gonzalez DH30100121.210.279.312.5911.0
    I. Desmond 1B30000013.299.324.418.7420.5
    G. Parra RF30100002.264.296.391.6870.0
    R. Tapia LF30000031.000.083.000.083-1.5
    P. Valaika SS30000020.234.265.511.776-1.0
    R. Hanigan C20000000.280.308.400.7080.0
    a- T. Wolters PH-C00000100.328.391.431.8221.0
    Total3103002139-----
    • a-walked for Hanigan in the 8th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    B. Dozier 2B50000016.231.336.392.728-0.5
    R. Grossman LF41210002.250.400.364.7646.0
    E. Rosario LF0000-000.274.295.419.000-
    M. Sano DH40100022.293.424.6261.0500.0
    J. Mauer 1B30100102.260.321.358.6793.0
    M. Kepler RF30210100.252.346.409.7555.0
    E. Escobar 3B40000025.229.299.443.742-1.0
    J. Castro C10000300.200.321.356.6763.0
    B. Buxton CF40000026.178.261.280.541-1.0
    E. Adrianza SS31200100.300.333.400.7335.0
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      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Mauer (6), M. Kepler (7), E. Adrianza
      • RBI - R. Grossman (11), M. Kepler (14)
      • 2-Out RBI - M. Kepler (5)
      BASERUNNING
      • CS - G. Parra (2)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - R. Grossman
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      T. Chatwood (L, 3-6)5.05225405.092.000.0
      C. Qualls1.00000002.160.003.0
      S. Oberg1.01000005.061.002.0
      C. Estevez1.02001307.303.001.5
      Total8.0822670---
      PITCHERSIP
      T. Chatwood (L, 3-6)5.0
      C. Qualls1.0
      S. Oberg1.0
      C. Estevez1.0
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Berrios (W, 2-0)7.220011100.590.3933.5
      T. Rogers (H, 11)0.10000003.650.000.0
      B. Kintzler (S, 11)1.01001002.002.008.0
      Total9.03002110---
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Berrios (W, 2-0)7.2
      T. Rogers (H, 11)0.1
      B. Kintzler (S, 11)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - T. Chatwood (3)
      • Pitches-Strikes - T. Chatwood 105-54, C. Qualls 15-9, S. Oberg 9-7, C. Estevez 27-18
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Chatwood 6-5, C. Qualls 2-1, S. Oberg 1-1
      • Batters Faced - T. Chatwood 25, C. Qualls 3, S. Oberg 3, C. Estevez 6
      PITCHING
      • WP - J. Berrios (2)
      • HBP - J. Berrios 2 (3)
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Berrios 106-72, T. Rogers 3-2, B. Kintzler 15-8
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Berrios 5-6, B. Kintzler 2-0
      • Batters Faced - J. Berrios 27, T. Rogers, B. Kintzler 4
      • Balks - J. Berrios
      • 4TH INNING
        Grossman singled to right center, Adrianza scored02
      • 1ST INNING
        Kepler singled to center, Grossman scored, Mauer to second01
      • 9TH INNING
        • B. Kintzler Pitching:
        • D. LeMahieu: Strike looking, Ball, LeMahieu grounded out to second
        • N. Arenado: Strike looking, Arenado singled to center
        • C. Gonzalez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Gonzalez walked, Arenado to second
        • I. Desmond: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Desmond grounded into double play third to first, Arenado out at third
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • J. Berrios Pitching:
        • R. Tapia: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Tapia struck out swinging
        • P. Valaika: Foul, Valaika popped out to second
        • T. Wolters: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Wolters walked
        • C. Blackmon: Strike looking, Ball, Blackmon flied out to deep center
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Estevez Pitching:
        • M. Kepler: Strike looking, Ball, Kepler doubled to left center
        • E. Escobar: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul tip, Escobar struck out on foul tip
        • J. Castro: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Castro walked
        • B. Buxton: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Buxton struck out swinging
        • E. Adrianza: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Adrianza reached on an infield single to second, Kepler to third, Castro to second
        • B. Dozier: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Dozier struck out swinging
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • J. Berrios Pitching:
        • N. Arenado: Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Arenado popped out to second
        • C. Gonzalez: Gonzalez singled to left
        • I. Desmond: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Desmond struck out swinging
        • G. Parra: Parra grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • S. Oberg Pitching:
        • R. Grossman: Strike looking, Grossman flied out to deep center
        • M. Sano: Ball, Sano singled to center
        • J. Mauer: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Mauer grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Sano out at second
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • J. Berrios Pitching:
        • R. Hanigan: Strike looking, Hanigan grounded out to shortstop
        • C. Blackmon: Ball, Ball, Foul, Blackmon grounded out to first
        • D. LeMahieu: Foul, Ball, LeMahieu lined out to right
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Qualls Pitching:
        • B. Buxton: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Buxton grounded out to third
        • E. Adrianza: Ball, Strike looking, Adrianza grounded out to first
        • B. Dozier: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Dozier flied out to deep center
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • J. Berrios Pitching:
        • G. Parra: Ball, Ball, Parra singled to right
        • R. Tapia: Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Parra caught stealing, catcher to shortstop, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Tapia struck out swinging
        • P. Valaika: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Valaika struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • T. Chatwood Pitching:
        • M. Kepler: Strike looking, Kepler flied out to left
        • E. Escobar: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Escobar popped out to shortstop
        • J. Castro: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Castro grounded out to second
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • J. Berrios Pitching:
        • N. Arenado: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Arenado struck out looking
        • C. Gonzalez: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul tip, Gonzalez struck out on foul tip
        • I. Desmond: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Desmond grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • T. Chatwood Pitching:
        • E. Adrianza: Adrianza doubled to left
        • B. Dozier: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Dozier flied out to center
        • R. Grossman: Ball, Grossman singled to right center, Adrianza scored
        • M. Sano: Foul, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Sano struck out swinging
        • J. Mauer: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Mauer grounded out to first
        • End of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • J. Berrios Pitching:
        • R. Hanigan: Strike swinging, Ball, Hanigan grounded out to shortstop
        • C. Blackmon: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Blackmon struck out swinging
        • D. LeMahieu: Foul, Ball, LeMahieu flied out to right
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • T. Chatwood Pitching:
        • M. Sano: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Sano flied out to shallow center
        • J. Mauer: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Mauer doubled to deep left
        • M. Kepler: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Kepler walked
        • E. Escobar: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Escobar struck out swinging
        • J. Castro: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Castro walked, Mauer to third, Kepler to second
        • B. Buxton: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Buxton struck out swinging
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • J. Berrios Pitching:
        • I. Desmond: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Desmond hit by pitch
        • G. Parra: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Parra lined out to right
        • R. Tapia: Pickoff attempt, Desmond to second on balk, Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Desmond to third on wild pitch
        • P. Valaika: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Valaika struck out looking
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • T. Chatwood Pitching:
        • J. Castro: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Castro walked
        • B. Buxton: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Buxton lined out to left
        • E. Adrianza: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Adrianza walked, Castro to second
        • B. Dozier: Ball, Ball, Dozier reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Castro to third, Adrianza out at second
        • R. Grossman: Ball, Foul, Ball, Dozier to second on wild pitch, Ball, Grossman grounded out to second
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • C. Blackmon: Ball, Foul, Foul, Blackmon flied out to deep right
        • D. LeMahieu: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, LeMahieu struck out looking
        • N. Arenado: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Arenado hit by pitch
        • C. Gonzalez: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Gonzalez struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • B. Dozier: Strike looking, Ball, Dozier grounded out to third
        • R. Grossman: Grossman singled to left center
        • M. Sano: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Grossman stole second
        • J. Mauer: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Mauer walked
        • M. Kepler: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Kepler singled to center, Grossman scored, Mauer to second
        • E. Escobar: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Escobar grounded out to second
        • End of the 1st (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)