With 6-hitter, Berrios pitches Twins past White Sox 7-2

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The day after one of their ugliest losses of the season, the Minnesota Twins turned to ace-in-training Jose Berrios for a quick turnaround.

Eduardo Escobar and Eddie Rosario added yet another pick-me-up dose of hustle and muscle, too.

Berrios pitched a six-hitter for his second complete game this season, and the Twins hit three home runs against James Shields in a 7-2 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Thursday afternoon.

Berrios (7-5) retired his first 14 batters before Omar Narvarez's double. By that time, the 23-year-old right-hander already had a 7-0 lead. He used 10 strikeouts to win for the fourth time in five starts. Berrios has 44 strikeouts and four walks in 37 2/3 innings over that span, and he has logged a career-best five straight starts of six innings or more.

''Everyone knows when he's pitching. He's been on a really good roll here. You feel good about getting deep and having a chance to win, and all those things,'' manager Paul Molitor said. ''You can tell his confidence is developing.''

With seven games in a six-day stretch this week, the break for the bullpen was a welcomed bonus.

''I don't know if he's overly conscious of the fact that I'm hoping he goes nine today, but he kind of pitched like that,'' Molitor said, ''like he was on a mission to try to find a way to complete the game if he could. And that's what you want to see. That's how you build young people up into guys that eventually emerge on the top of your rotation.''

Escobar hit a two-run homer after a double by Rosario in the first against Shields (1-7), who has not won in 12 starts since opening day. Ehire Adrianza added a solo shot in the second inning. Then right after Brian Dozier's two-out RBI single in the fourth through a shift-created hole at second base, Rosario turned on an 86 mph cut fastball on the inside corner from Shields for a three-run drive just inside the right-field foul pole.

''It was right down the middle, up in the zone,'' Shields said, shaking his head about the gopher balls. ''They're good hitters over there, and they took advantage of it. I've got to minimize those pitches right there and kind of know the situation a little bit better.''

Rosario leads the Twins with 14 homers and 43 RBIs, and Escobar is close behind with 12 home runs and 38 RBIs. With most of their counted-on colleagues in the lineup either injured or underperforming, the Eddie and Eddie show this year has not only been entertaining but essential.

''Escobar's offense? It's awesome,'' Rosario said.

Escobar leads the major leagues with 24 doubles. Rosario moved into a tie for third in the American League with his 23rd multi-hit game.

''I love Eddie Rosario, man. Every time he comes to home plate, he's going to swing,'' Escobar said. ''I'm so happy to play with him.''

They're both elated to be playing behind Berrios, who helped the Twins split the four-game series after a 5-2 loss on Wednesday night lowlighted by a number of baserunning, fielding and hitting mistakes.

Yoan Moncado, who struck out four times on Tuesday, hit an RBI double with one out in the sixth inning before Jose Abreu did the same with two outs. That made Berrios mad, but the walk-less start was a bigger deal.

''Trying to control that, to get more deep into the game,'' he said. ''That's what I tried to do.''

TAKE COVER

Shields gave up all seven runs, matching a season high, and eight hits in six innings. He struck out six and walked two. Shields is 0-5 with a 6.60 ERA in his last five starts at Target Field, where he has allowed 13 home runs in 12 starts, the most by a visitor since the ballpark opened nine seasons ago.

''I know he got into trouble,'' manager Rick Renteria said. ''But boy, I tell you what, he kept grinding, ate up some innings, saved our pen.''

TESTING, TESTING

Narvarez was thrown out at home by Rosario from left field ending the fifth when he tried to score on Jose Rondon's single. The backup catcher was thrown out in the seventh by right fielder Robbie Grossman trying to stretch a single to a double. The Twins have seven outfield assists in their last 14 games.

CEDENO ARRIVES

The White Sox sent LHP Aaron Bummer to Triple-A Charlotte so he could get more work and promoted LHP Xavier Cedeno to take his spot in the bullpen. The 31-year-old Cedeno joined his fourth major league team, pitching a scoreless seventh.

TRAINER'S ROOM

White Sox: SS Tim Anderson, hitting .295 with eight extra-base hits and 13 RBIs in his last 12 games, had the day off so Rondon could see some action.

Twins: 1B Logan Morrison returned to the lineup after back stiffness kept him on the bench for three straight games. He doubled in the first inning.

UP NEXT

White Sox: RHP Dylan Covey (1-1, 2.82 ERA) pitches on Friday night to start a three-game series in Boston against former teammate LHP Chris Sale (5-3, 3.00 ERA) and the Red Sox. LHP Carlos Rodon is expected to come off the DL to make his season debut on Saturday, but Renteria declined again to confirm that.

Twins: RHP Lance Lynn (4-4, 5.46 ERA) starts on Friday night in the lid-lifter on a three-game series with the Los Angeles Angels, who will send RHP Garrett Richards (4-4, 3.25 ERA) to the mound.

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  • W: J. Berrios (7-5)L: J. Shields (1-7)
  • HR: MIN - E. Adrianza (2), E. Escobar (12), E. Rosario (14)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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Y. Moncada 2B41110000.242.319.435.7544.0
Y. Sanchez 3B40000011.276.313.413.726-0.5
J. Abreu 1B40110020.299.354.526.8802.0
D. Palka RF40000031.272.303.535.838-1.5
M. Davidson DH30000010.240.366.507.873-0.5
O. Narvaez C30200010.187.282.253.5342.5
J. Rondon SS30100010.256.293.564.8570.5
C. Tilson LF31100000.229.263.257.5202.0
T. Thompson CF30000011.125.180.240.421-0.5
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    B. Dozier 2B41110001.247.325.427.7513.0
    E. Rosario LF32231101.312.351.568.91912.0
    E. Escobar 3B41221011.286.340.562.9037.5
    L. Morrison 1B40100011.197.309.348.6571.5
    R. Grossman RF40000001.227.321.312.6330.0
    M. Garver DH40000021.220.286.330.616-1.0
    R. LaMarre CF40100010.282.338.338.6761.5
    E. Adrianza SS32111101.236.296.374.6708.0
    B. Wilson C21100110.174.216.326.5422.5
      BATTING
      • 2B - Y. Moncada (12), J. Abreu (23), O. Narvaez (6)
      • RBI - Y. Moncada (22), J. Abreu (36)
      • 2-Out RBI - J. Abreu (12)
      BATTING
      • 2B - E. Rosario (16), L. Morrison (9), R. LaMarre (4)
      • HR - E. Rosario (14), E. Escobar (12), E. Adrianza (2)
      • RBI - B. Dozier (26), E. Rosario 3 (43), E. Escobar 2 (38), E. Adrianza (9)
      • 2-Out RBI - B. Dozier (10), E. Rosario 3 (18)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Moncada-Abreu)
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - R. Grossman (2), E. Rosario (4)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Shields (L, 1-7)6.08772634.921.29-1.0
      X. Cedeno1.00001000.001.002.0
      C. Beck1.01000004.181.482.0
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Shields (L, 1-7)6.0
      X. Cedeno1.0
      C. Beck1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Berrios (W, 7-5)9.062201003.660.9234.0
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Berrios (W, 7-5)9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Shields 99-66, X. Cedeno 10-4, C. Beck 11-7
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Shields 3-9, X. Cedeno 2-0, C. Beck 2-1
      • Batters Faced - J. Shields 28, X. Cedeno 3, C. Beck 4
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Berrios 109-78
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Berrios 6-9
      • Batters Faced - J. Berrios 31
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      Y. Moncada 2B41110000.242.319.435.7544.0
      Y. Sanchez 3B40000011.276.313.413.726-0.5
      J. Abreu 1B40110020.299.354.526.8802.0
      D. Palka RF40000031.272.303.535.838-1.5
      M. Davidson DH30000010.240.366.507.873-0.5
      O. Narvaez C30200010.187.282.253.5342.5
      J. Rondon SS30100010.256.293.564.8570.5
      C. Tilson LF31100000.229.263.257.5202.0
      T. Thompson CF30000011.125.180.240.421-0.5
      Total3126200103-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        B. Dozier 2B41110001.247.325.427.7513.0
        E. Rosario LF32231101.312.351.568.91912.0
        E. Escobar 3B41221011.286.340.562.9037.5
        L. Morrison 1B40100011.197.309.348.6571.5
        R. Grossman RF40000001.227.321.312.6330.0
        M. Garver DH40000021.220.286.330.616-1.0
        R. LaMarre CF40100010.282.338.338.6761.5
        E. Adrianza SS32111101.236.296.374.6708.0
        B. Wilson C21100110.174.216.326.5422.5
        Total327973367-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - Y. Moncada (12), J. Abreu (23), O. Narvaez (6)
          • RBI - Y. Moncada (22), J. Abreu (36)
          • 2-Out RBI - J. Abreu (12)
          BATTING
          • 2B - E. Rosario (16), L. Morrison (9), R. LaMarre (4)
          • HR - E. Rosario (14), E. Escobar (12), E. Adrianza (2)
          • RBI - B. Dozier (26), E. Rosario 3 (43), E. Escobar 2 (38), E. Adrianza (9)
          • 2-Out RBI - B. Dozier (10), E. Rosario 3 (18)
          FIELDING
          • DP - (Moncada-Abreu)
          FIELDING
          • Outfield Assist - R. Grossman (2), E. Rosario (4)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          J. Shields (L, 1-7)6.08772634.921.29-1.0
          X. Cedeno1.00001000.001.002.0
          C. Beck1.01000004.181.482.0
          Total8.0977363---
          PITCHERSIP
          J. Shields (L, 1-7)6.0
          X. Cedeno1.0
          C. Beck1.0
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          J. Berrios (W, 7-5)9.062201003.660.9234.0
          Total9.06220100---
          PITCHERSIP
          J. Berrios (W, 7-5)9.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - J. Shields 99-66, X. Cedeno 10-4, C. Beck 11-7
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Shields 3-9, X. Cedeno 2-0, C. Beck 2-1
          • Batters Faced - J. Shields 28, X. Cedeno 3, C. Beck 4
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - J. Berrios 109-78
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Berrios 6-9
          • Batters Faced - J. Berrios 31
          • 6TH INNING
            Abreu doubled to deep left, Moncada scored27
            Moncada doubled to deep right center, Tilson scored17
          • 4TH INNING
            Rosario homered to right, Wilson and Dozier scored07
            Dozier singled to right, Adrianza scored, Wilson to third04
          • 2ND INNING
            Adrianza homered to right center03
          • 1ST INNING
            Escobar homered to right, Rosario scored02
          • 9TH INNING
            • J. Berrios Pitching:
            • Y. Sanchez: Strike swinging, Foul, Sanchez grounded out to second
            • J. Abreu: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Abreu struck out swinging
            • D. Palka: Ball, Palka flied out to deep right
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • J. Berrios Pitching:
            • C. Tilson: Strike looking, Foul, Tilson grounded out to first
            • T. Thompson: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Thompson grounded out to shortstop
            • Y. Moncada: Strike looking, Ball, Moncada flied out to deep center
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Chris Beck relieved Xavier Cedeno
            • R. Grossman: Ball, Ball, Grossman flied out to left
            • M. Garver: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Garver grounded out to third
            • R. LaMarre: Strike looking, LaMarre doubled to left center
            • E. Adrianza: Ball, Adrianza grounded out to first
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • J. Berrios Pitching:
            • M. Davidson: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Davidson struck out looking
            • O. Narvaez: Foul, Narvaez singled to deep right, Narvaez out at second
            • J. Rondon: Ball, Rondon flied out to right
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Xavier Cedeno relieved James Shields
            • E. Rosario: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Rosario walked
            • E. Escobar: Strike looking, Ball, Escobar grounded into double play second to first, Rosario out at second
            • L. Morrison: Ball, Morrison grounded out to second
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • J. Berrios Pitching:
            • C. Tilson: Ball, Tilson singled to left center
            • T. Thompson: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Thompson flied out to deep right
            • Y. Moncada: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Moncada doubled to deep right center, Tilson scored
            • Y. Sanchez: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Sanchez struck out swinging
            • J. Abreu: Strike swinging, Abreu doubled to deep left, Moncada scored
            • D. Palka: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Palka struck out looking
            • Middle of the 6th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Shields Pitching:
            • E. Adrianza: Strike looking, Adrianza grounded out to shortstop
            • B. Wilson: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Wilson struck out swinging
            • B. Dozier: Ball, Strike looking, Dozier grounded out to third
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • J. Berrios Pitching:
            • D. Palka: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Palka struck out swinging
            • M. Davidson: Foul, Davidson flied out to right
            • O. Narvaez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Narvaez doubled to deep center
            • J. Rondon: Rondon singled to left, Narvaez out at home
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Shields Pitching:
            • R. Grossman: Ball, Grossman flied out to left
            • M. Garver: Strike looking, Garver popped out to first
            • R. LaMarre: LaMarre flied out to deep center
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • J. Berrios Pitching:
            • Y. Moncada: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Moncada popped out to second
            • Y. Sanchez: Strike looking, Sanchez grounded out to second
            • J. Abreu: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Abreu struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Shields Pitching:
            • M. Garver: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Garver struck out swinging
            • R. LaMarre: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, LaMarre struck out swinging
            • E. Adrianza: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Adrianza walked
            • B. Wilson: Pickoff attempt, Wilson singled to deep right, Adrianza to third
            • B. Dozier: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Dozier singled to right, Adrianza scored, Wilson to third
            • E. Rosario: Foul, Rosario homered to right, Wilson and Dozier scored
            • E. Escobar: Strike looking, Ball, Escobar singled to left
            • L. Morrison: Strike swinging, Foul, Morrison lined out to first
            • End of the 4th (4 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • J. Berrios Pitching:
            • J. Rondon: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Rondon struck out swinging
            • C. Tilson: Tilson grounded bunt out to pitcher
            • T. Thompson: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Thompson struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Shields Pitching:
            • E. Escobar: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Escobar struck out looking
            • L. Morrison: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Morrison struck out swinging
            • R. Grossman: Grossman lined out to second
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • J. Berrios Pitching:
            • D. Palka: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Palka struck out swinging
            • M. Davidson: Strike looking, Davidson popped out to shortstop
            • O. Narvaez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Narvaez struck out looking
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Shields Pitching:
            • R. LaMarre: LaMarre popped out to shortstop
            • E. Adrianza: Ball, Adrianza homered to right center
            • B. Wilson: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Wilson walked
            • B. Dozier: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Dozier lined out to right
            • E. Rosario: Ball, Ball, Foul, Rosario flied out to center
            • End of the 2nd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • J. Berrios Pitching:
            • Y. Moncada: Ball, Moncada fouled out to third
            • Y. Sanchez: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Sanchez grounded out to second
            • J. Abreu: Ball, Strike looking, Abreu lined out to second
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Shields Pitching:
            • B. Dozier: Dozier flied out to center
            • E. Rosario: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Rosario doubled to deep right center
            • E. Escobar: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Escobar homered to right, Rosario scored
            • L. Morrison: Foul, Morrison doubled to deep right center
            • R. Grossman: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Grossman grounded out to second, Morrison to third
            • M. Garver: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Garver struck out swinging
            • End of the 1st (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)