Wilson homer backs Berrios in Twins 4-1 win over Cardinals

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) With an important insurance run standing at third base in the speedy Byron Buxton, Minnesota Twins catcher Bobby Wilson tried to pull off a surprise with a sacrifice bunt.

Wilson fouled off the attempt, never a good feeling for a journeyman that has played 329 major league games over the past 11 seasons to miss his chance. He didn't miss his next opportunity.

Wilson hit a slider from St. Louis reliever Luke Gregerson into the left field stands for a two-run homer to cap a three-run seventh inning and Minnesota beat the Cardinals 4-1 on Tuesday night.

''I don't think I've sniffed a slider in the last week,'' Wilson said. ''I had to sit on it. (Hitting coach James Rowson) and I before the game, we did some sliders off the machine, just to keep working, because that was a pitch I felt like I kept swinging through.''

It was Wilson's first major league home run since Sept. 21, 2016 for the Tampa Bay Rays. He has 17 career homers for six different teams in nine major league seasons.

''He's been around, he's going to take a good at-bat,'' Twins manager Paul Molitor said. ''We saw that when he got a big sac fly in another game. He knows how to get runs in from third. He just stayed back and let an offspeed pitch travel enough to hit it out.''

Jose Berrios (4-4) surrendered one run on two hits and left after hitting Kolten Wong with a pitch with one out in the eighth. Berrios struck out 10 batters.

Addison Reed struck out both batters he faced and Fernando Rodney finished his eighth save in 11 chances with a perfect ninth.

St. Louis has lost five of their past seven games and scored more than three runs once during that span.

''It's just a short run here, and we haven't clicked this season,'' Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said. ''We really haven't for an extended period of time. It's not July, it's still early in the season. It's going to come around. And until it does, it's just going to make us keep having to answer questions like these.''

St. Louis reliever Brett Cecil (0-1) allowed a double to Logan Morrison to start the seventh. Morrison scored on Buxton's bunt attempt when Gregerson threw the ball wide of first and into foul territory.

Wilson was recalled last week when Jason Castro went on the disabled list with a meniscus tear in his right knee.

The 35-year-old Wilson spent the entire 2017 season in the minors with Oklahoma City in the Los Angeles Dodgers organization.

''At this point in my career, I really don't have a whole lot of worries,'' Wilson said. ''I can just go play and enjoy it. The group of guys that we have in this clubhouse, they give me the energy to just enjoy the game and play and play free. If I make a mistake, so what? I know that those guys are going to pick me up.''

BOUNCEBACK BERRIOS

Berrios had lost three of his past four starts, allowing 18 runs in 18 1/3 innings. The Twins believed they had found the issue with Berrios' curveball, working to keep his arm speed more in line with his fastball.

''The reality is I wasn't happy with those last four starts and my mindset wasn't right,'' Berrios said. ''I came back to the basics and I worked hard for this outing and the result was there.''

AN EXTENDED STAY

The St. Louis bullpen wasted another quality outing from rookie right-hander Jack Flaherty, who was recalled from Triple-A earlier in the day with Adam Wainwright going on the disabled list. Flaherty had the longest outing of his eight career major league starts with one run allowed in 5 2/3 innings.

Flaherty's emergence could be a key factor for the Cardinals with Wainwright and Carlos Martinez on the disabled list. Flaherty was cruising until the sixth when he surrendered three consecutive two-out hits to tie the game.

''It's not about proving, it's about going out and no matter what the situation is putting the team in position to win the game,'' Flaherty said. ''I'm not trying to prove anything.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Cardinals: Martinez is still rehabbing a strain to his right lat and Matheny said it's unlikely Martinez would be able to return in time to start this weekend at home against Philadelphia.

Twins: 3B Miguel Sano (left hamstring strain) worked out again prior to the game but doesn't appear close to a return.Molitor said Sano is unable to run at maximum effort.

UP NEXT

Twins right-hander Lance Lynn (1-3, 7.34 ERA) will make his first start against his former team on Wednesday afternoon as the two teams wrap up a two-game series. Lynn allowed four runs in 4 2/3 innings in his last start. St. Louis counters with right-hander Miles Mikolas (5-0, 2.51), who has given up one run or less in four of his last five starts.

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  • W: J. Berrios (4-4)L: B. Cecil (0-1)S: F. Rodney (8)
  • HR: MIN - B. Wilson (1)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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T. Pham CF40000032.308.420.533.953-1.5
M. Carpenter 1B40000021.140.286.272.558-1.0
J. Martinez DH40000010.286.363.443.805-0.5
M. Ozuna LF40000010.258.293.348.641-0.5
J. Gyorko 3B30000020.308.431.5771.008-1.0
P. DeJong SS20000100.259.342.476.8171.0
H. Bader RF31100021.262.368.431.7991.0
K. Wong 2B20000002.182.293.293.5861.0
C. Kelly C20110001.111.158.111.2692.0
a- G. Garcia PH10000011.239.308.435.742-0.5
F. Pena C00000000.174.240.174.4140.0
  • a-struck out for Kelly in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Mauer 1B40100010.282.409.359.7680.5
B. Dozier 2B31100101.250.313.431.7443.0
E. Rosario LF40100022.284.307.547.8540.0
E. Escobar 3B40210011.281.333.547.8802.5
M. Kepler RF40000003.241.320.445.7660.0
L. Morrison DH41100000.195.293.341.6343.0
B. Buxton CF31100000.175.217.228.4452.0
E. Adrianza SS30100001.233.296.288.5841.0
B. Wilson C31121010.133.167.400.5676.5
    BATTING
    • RBI - C. Kelly
    BATTING
    • 2B - L. Morrison (6)
    • HR - B. Wilson
    • RBI - E. Escobar (21), B. Wilson 2 (5)
    • 2-Out RBI - E. Escobar (10)
    BASERUNNING
    • Picked Off - E. Adrianza
    FIELDING
    • E - L. Gregerson
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    J. Flaherty5.25111302.871.349.5
    B. Cecil (L, 0-1)0.11110003.860.86-7.0
    L. Gregerson0.12220018.641.32-4.0
    S. Tuivailala1.21000203.001.563.0
    PITCHERSIP
    J. Flaherty5.2
    B. Cecil (L, 0-1)0.1
    L. Gregerson0.1
    S. Tuivailala1.2
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    J. Berrios (W, 4-4)7.121111004.050.9632.0
    A. Reed (H, 7)0.20000202.531.081.0
    F. Rodney (S, 8)1.00000003.071.4310.0
    PITCHERSIP
    J. Berrios (W, 4-4)7.1
    A. Reed (H, 7)0.2
    F. Rodney (S, 8)1.0
    PITCHING
    • WP - L. Gregerson
    • Pitches-Strikes - J. Flaherty 98-60, B. Cecil 9-6, L. Gregerson 10-7, S. Tuivailala 27-19
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Flaherty 4-9, L. Gregerson 1-0, S. Tuivailala 1-2
    • Batters Faced - J. Flaherty 22, B. Cecil 2, L. Gregerson 3, S. Tuivailala 6
    PITCHING
    • HBP - J. Berrios (4)
    • Pitches-Strikes - J. Berrios 102-65, A. Reed 10-8, F. Rodney 12-9
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Berrios 6-6, F. Rodney 2-1
    • Batters Faced - J. Berrios 26, A. Reed 2, F. Rodney 3
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    M. Carpenter 1B40000021.140.286.272.558-1.0
    J. Martinez DH40000010.286.363.443.805-0.5
    M. Ozuna LF40000010.258.293.348.641-0.5
    J. Gyorko 3B30000020.308.431.5771.008-1.0
    P. DeJong SS20000100.259.342.476.8171.0
    H. Bader RF31100021.262.368.431.7991.0
    K. Wong 2B20000002.182.293.293.5861.0
    C. Kelly C20110001.111.158.111.2692.0
    a- G. Garcia PH10000011.239.308.435.742-0.5
    F. Pena C00000000.174.240.174.4140.0
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    • a-struck out for Kelly in the 8th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    J. Mauer 1B40100010.282.409.359.7680.5
    B. Dozier 2B31100101.250.313.431.7443.0
    E. Rosario LF40100022.284.307.547.8540.0
    E. Escobar 3B40210011.281.333.547.8802.5
    M. Kepler RF40000003.241.320.445.7660.0
    L. Morrison DH41100000.195.293.341.6343.0
    B. Buxton CF31100000.175.217.228.4452.0
    E. Adrianza SS30100001.233.296.288.5841.0
    B. Wilson C31121010.133.167.400.5676.5
    Total324931158-----
      BATTING
      • RBI - C. Kelly
      BATTING
      • 2B - L. Morrison (6)
      • HR - B. Wilson
      • RBI - E. Escobar (21), B. Wilson 2 (5)
      • 2-Out RBI - E. Escobar (10)
      BASERUNNING
      • Picked Off - E. Adrianza
      FIELDING
      • E - L. Gregerson
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Flaherty5.25111302.871.349.5
      B. Cecil (L, 0-1)0.11110003.860.86-7.0
      L. Gregerson0.12220018.641.32-4.0
      S. Tuivailala1.21000203.001.563.0
      Total8.0944151---
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Flaherty5.2
      B. Cecil (L, 0-1)0.1
      L. Gregerson0.1
      S. Tuivailala1.2
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Berrios (W, 4-4)7.121111004.050.9632.0
      A. Reed (H, 7)0.20000202.531.081.0
      F. Rodney (S, 8)1.00000003.071.4310.0
      Total9.02111120---
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Berrios (W, 4-4)7.1
      A. Reed (H, 7)0.2
      F. Rodney (S, 8)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - L. Gregerson
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Flaherty 98-60, B. Cecil 9-6, L. Gregerson 10-7, S. Tuivailala 27-19
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Flaherty 4-9, L. Gregerson 1-0, S. Tuivailala 1-2
      • Batters Faced - J. Flaherty 22, B. Cecil 2, L. Gregerson 3, S. Tuivailala 6
      PITCHING
      • HBP - J. Berrios (4)
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Berrios 102-65, A. Reed 10-8, F. Rodney 12-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Berrios 6-6, F. Rodney 2-1
      • Batters Faced - J. Berrios 26, A. Reed 2, F. Rodney 3
      • 7TH INNING
        Wilson homered to left, Buxton scored14
        Buxton reached on an infield single to pitcher, Morrison scored, Buxton to second on Gregerson fielding error12
      • 6TH INNING
        Escobar singled to center, Dozier scored, Rosario to second11
      • 3RD INNING
        Kelly singled to center, Bader scored10
      • 9TH INNING
        • Fernando Rodney relieved Addison Reed
        • M. Carpenter: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Carpenter flied out to center
        • J. Martinez: Strike looking, Martinez grounded out to third
        • M. Ozuna: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ozuna grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • J. Berrios Pitching:
        • H. Bader: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Bader struck out looking
        • K. Wong: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Wong hit by pitch
        • Greg Garcia hit for Carson Kelly
        • Addison Reed relieved Jose Berrios
        • G. Garcia: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Garcia struck out looking
        • T. Pham: Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Pham struck out looking
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Francisco Pena catching
        • E. Escobar: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Escobar struck out swinging
        • M. Kepler: Ball, Foul, Kepler lined out to center
        • L. Morrison: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Morrison grounded out to second
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • J. Berrios Pitching:
        • M. Ozuna: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ozuna grounded out to third
        • J. Gyorko: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Gyorko struck out swinging
        • P. DeJong: Ball, Foul, DeJong lined out to center
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • B. Cecil Pitching:
        • L. Morrison: Ball, Foul, Ball, Morrison doubled to deep right center
        • Luke Gregerson relieved Brett Cecil
        • B. Buxton: Strike looking, Ball, Buxton reached on an infield single to pitcher, Morrison scored, Buxton to second on Gregerson fielding error
        • E. Adrianza: Ball, Buxton to third on wild pitch, Foul, Foul, Ball, Adrianza grounded out to first
        • B. Wilson: Foul, Wilson homered to left, Buxton scored
        • Sam Tuivailala relieved Luke Gregerson
        • J. Mauer: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Mauer singled to right center
        • B. Dozier: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Dozier lined out to left
        • E. Rosario: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Rosario struck out swinging
        • End of the 7th (3 Runs, 4 Hits, 1 Error)
      • 6TH INNING
        • J. Berrios Pitching:
        • T. Pham: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Pham struck out swinging
        • M. Carpenter: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Carpenter struck out swinging
        • J. Martinez: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Martinez lined out to right
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Flaherty Pitching:
        • B. Wilson: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Wilson popped out to first
        • J. Mauer: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Mauer grounded out to shortstop
        • B. Dozier: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Dozier reached on an infield single to shortstop
        • E. Rosario: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Rosario singled to right, Dozier to third
        • E. Escobar: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Escobar singled to center, Dozier scored, Rosario to second
        • Brett Cecil relieved Jack Flaherty
        • M. Kepler: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Kepler flied out to shallow right
        • End of the 6th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • J. Berrios Pitching:
        • P. DeJong: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, DeJong walked
        • H. Bader: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Bader struck out swinging
        • K. Wong: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Wong fouled out to third
        • C. Kelly: Strike looking, Ball, Kelly lined out to center
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Flaherty Pitching:
        • L. Morrison: Ball, Strike swinging, Morrison popped out to third
        • B. Buxton: Buxton flied out to center
        • E. Adrianza: Adrianza grounded out to second
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • J. Berrios Pitching:
        • J. Martinez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Martinez struck out swinging
        • M. Ozuna: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ozuna struck out swinging
        • J. Gyorko: Ball, Gyorko grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Flaherty Pitching:
        • B. Dozier: Strike looking, Strike looking, Dozier flied out to center
        • E. Rosario: Rosario grounded out to pitcher
        • E. Escobar: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Escobar singled to center
        • M. Kepler: Ball, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Kepler fouled out to first
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • J. Berrios Pitching:
        • H. Bader: Strike looking, Bader singled to shallow center
        • K. Wong: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Wong grounded out to pitcher, Bader to second
        • C. Kelly: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Kelly singled to center, Bader scored
        • T. Pham: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Pham struck out swinging
        • M. Carpenter: Strike looking, Foul, Carpenter flied out to deep left
        • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Flaherty Pitching:
        • E. Adrianza: Ball, Ball, Adrianza singled to right
        • B. Wilson: Strike looking, Adrianza picked off at first, pitcher to first, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Wilson struck out swinging
        • J. Mauer: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul tip, Mauer struck out on foul tip
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • J. Berrios Pitching:
        • M. Ozuna: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ozuna flied out to center
        • J. Gyorko: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Gyorko struck out swinging
        • P. DeJong: Ball, Ball, DeJong grounded out to first
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Flaherty Pitching:
        • M. Kepler: Ball, Kepler lined out to center
        • L. Morrison: Ball, Strike looking, Morrison popped out to third
        • B. Buxton: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Buxton lined out to right
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • J. Berrios Pitching:
        • T. Pham: Ball, Ball, Pham grounded out to third
        • M. Carpenter: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Carpenter struck out swinging
        • J. Martinez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Martinez grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Flaherty Pitching:
        • J. Mauer: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Mauer grounded out to second
        • B. Dozier: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Dozier walked
        • E. Rosario: Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Strike swinging, Rosario struck out swinging
        • E. Escobar: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Escobar flied out to center
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)