Berrios strikes out 12 as Twins beat Rangers 2-0

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Once Jose Berrios escaped a jam in the first inning, the rest of the day belonged to the ace right-hander.

Berrios struck out a career-best 12 in seven innings, helping the Minnesota Twins beat Bartolo Colon and the Texas Rangers 2-0 on Sunday.

Shin-Soo Choo jumped on Berrios' first-pitch fastball for a leadoff double, but Berrios settled down before the Rangers could grab an early lead.

''Yeah, he surprised me,'' Berrios said through an interpreter. ''I threw a fastball right down the pipe and he obviously connected as you guys know. That kind of gave me a heads up like, `Oh, OK, game on here.'''

Eddie Rosario had two hits for the Twins, who snapped a three-game losing streak. Bobby Wilson and Robbie Grossman each singled in a run.

Berrios (8-5) surrendered just three hits while improving to 3-0 in June. Trevor Hildenberger pitched a perfect eighth and Fernando Rodney finished the three-hitter for his 17th save.

The Rangers had won seven in a row and missed out on a chance for a perfect six-game road trip. Colon (4-5) yielded two runs and seven hits in seven innings.

''I think I pitched a great game, but I have to give credit to Berrios because he also pitched a great game too,'' Colon said through an interpreter.

Choo reached base safely for the 37th straight game with the leadoff double. He advanced to third on Adrian Beltre's two-out single to left, but didn't try for home with Rosario charging the ball. Berrios then struck out Rougned Odor to end the inning.

No other Texas runner reached second against Berrios. Only four batted balls left the infield, three coming in the first.

''Sometimes you got to tip your hat to a guy that throws the ball extremely well,'' Rangers manager Jeff Banister said. ''We saw him last year, very similar stuff, electric fastball, very loose arm, hard to pick up the release point off of him mixed with a solid breaking ball and changeup, just kept us off balance.''

Berrios retired 14 of 16 batters at one point and struck out at least two batters in each of the first four innings. Berrios has allowed eight earned runs over his last 34 1/3 innings (2.10 ERA).

''Every time when I warm him up before the game, I have in my head that it's going to be a special day,'' said Wilson, who was behind the plate for the Twins. ''He's just that electric of a pitcher and has that good of stuff. You just have a good feeling every time you see him on the mound. His pure stuff is elite in the game.''

NO MORE SHENANIGANS

There were no further incidents after an intriguing sequence during Texas' 9-6 win on Saturday. Jurickson Profar stole second base in the fourth inning with a 9-2 lead. Profar was later hit on the leg by reliever Addison Reed with a pitch that appeared intentional.

The interaction drew a quip from Twins manager Paul Molitor when he was asked before Sunday's game about the three hit-by-pitches for Profar.

''The first one, our pitcher got his cleat caught in the dirt, the second one was a borderline strike,'' Molitor said. ''With the armor these guys wear, they don't worry about getting out of the way. And the last time, we wanted to give him an opportunity to steal another base.''

MINNESOTA MOVES

Before the game, Minnesota optioned rookie starter Fernando Romero to Triple-A Rochester and recalled right-handed reliever Alan Busenitz. The Twins bullpen had to account for 7 1/3 innings in Saturday's loss after Jake Odorizzi's short start.

The Twins will need a fifth starter again on Saturday in Chicago. Romero (3-3, 4.38 ERA) won't be eligible to return unless a player is put on the disabled list. Molitor said the likely starter on Saturday isn't on the current 25-man roster.

After the game, Minnesota optioned outfielder Ryan LaMarre to Triple-A and will make a corresponding move before Tuesday's game in Chicago.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rangers: Joey Gallo was back in the lineup after leaving Saturday's game with left hamstring tightness. Gallo said the injury has lingered for much of the season but he has played through it. He was at designated hitter on Sunday after playing first base on Saturday.

Twins: Byron Buxton (10-day disabled list, left great toe fracture) went 0 for 2 while playing designated hitter in his fifth rehab game for Triple-A Rochester, which was later suspended due to rain. Buxton is 3 for 16 on his rehab stint and there is no timetable on his return to Minnesota.

UP NEXT

Rangers: LHP Cole Hamels (4-6, 3.41 ERA) starts on Monday as Texas returns home against the San Diego Padres. Hamels has a 2.89 ERA over his past seven starts and has pitched into the seventh inning in five of the appearances. San Diego counters with LHP Joey Lucchesi (3-3, 3.86 ERA).

Twins: After an off day, RHP Lance Lynn (5-5, 4.64 ERA) starts the opener of a three-game series at the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday. Lynn owns a 1.73 ERA with 32 strikeouts in 36 1/3 over his last six starts. Chicago will start RHP Reynaldo Lopez (2-5, 3.59 ERA).

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  • W: J. Berrios (8-5)L: B. Colon (4-5)S: F. Rodney (17)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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J. Profar SS40000032.234.317.434.751-1.5
N. Mazara RF40000022.273.338.474.812-1.0
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R. Odor 2B30100013.226.298.327.6250.5
J. Gallo DH30000022.192.290.436.727-1.0
I. Kiner-Falefa C30000022.251.328.357.685-1.0
R. Guzman 1B30000010.224.311.404.715-0.5
D. DeShields CF30000020.229.328.310.637-1.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    J. Mauer 1B40000001.266.380.337.7170.0
    E. Rosario LF41200010.320.357.581.9382.5
    E. Escobar 3B30100110.293.346.563.9092.5
    B. Dozier 2B40100003.221.302.390.6911.0
    L. Morrison DH40100024.191.293.347.6400.0
    R. Grossman RF31210011.232.313.346.6594.5
    R. LaMarre CF00000000.263.321.313.6340.0
    M. Kepler CF-RF30000014.223.312.406.719-0.5
    E. Adrianza SS30000011.240.297.383.680-0.5
    B. Wilson C30110000.148.206.262.4682.0
      BATTING
      • 2B - S. Choo (17)
      BATTING
      • 2B - E. Escobar (33), R. Grossman (10)
      • RBI - R. Grossman (20), B. Wilson (8)
      • 2-Out RBI - R. Grossman (7), B. Wilson (3)
      BASERUNNING
      • Picked Off - E. Rosario (2)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Berrios-Adrianza-Mauer)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      B. Colon (L, 4-5)7.07221504.721.1911.5
      A. Claudio1.01000205.081.603.0
      PITCHERSIP
      B. Colon (L, 4-5)7.0
      A. Claudio1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Berrios (W, 8-5)7.030021203.150.9532.0
      T. Hildenberger (H, 9)1.00000002.110.943.0
      F. Rodney (S, 17)1.00000302.731.1411.5
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Berrios (W, 8-5)7.0
      T. Hildenberger (H, 9)1.0
      F. Rodney (S, 17)1.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - B. Colon
      • Pitches-Strikes - B. Colon 82-60, A. Claudio 22-16
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Colon 4-11
      • Batters Faced - B. Colon 28, A. Claudio 4
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Berrios 107-70, T. Hildenberger 9-6, F. Rodney 16-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Berrios 3-5, T. Hildenberger 3-0
      • Batters Faced - J. Berrios 25, T. Hildenberger 3, F. Rodney 3
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      S. Choo LF30100100.280.393.481.8743.0
      J. Profar SS40000032.234.317.434.751-1.5
      N. Mazara RF40000022.273.338.474.812-1.0
      A. Beltre 3B30100120.314.367.453.8211.0
      R. Odor 2B30100013.226.298.327.6250.5
      J. Gallo DH30000022.192.290.436.727-1.0
      I. Kiner-Falefa C30000022.251.328.357.685-1.0
      R. Guzman 1B30000010.224.311.404.715-0.5
      D. DeShields CF30000020.229.328.310.637-1.0
      Total29030021511-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        J. Mauer 1B40000001.266.380.337.7170.0
        E. Rosario LF41200010.320.357.581.9382.5
        E. Escobar 3B30100110.293.346.563.9092.5
        B. Dozier 2B40100003.221.302.390.6911.0
        L. Morrison DH40100024.191.293.347.6400.0
        R. Grossman RF31210011.232.313.346.6594.5
        R. LaMarre CF00000000.263.321.313.6340.0
        M. Kepler CF-RF30000014.223.312.406.719-0.5
        E. Adrianza SS30000011.240.297.383.680-0.5
        B. Wilson C30110000.148.206.262.4682.0
        Total3128201714-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - S. Choo (17)
          BATTING
          • 2B - E. Escobar (33), R. Grossman (10)
          • RBI - R. Grossman (20), B. Wilson (8)
          • 2-Out RBI - R. Grossman (7), B. Wilson (3)
          BASERUNNING
          • Picked Off - E. Rosario (2)
          FIELDING
          • DP - (Berrios-Adrianza-Mauer)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          B. Colon (L, 4-5)7.07221504.721.1911.5
          A. Claudio1.01000205.081.603.0
          Total8.0822170---
          PITCHERSIP
          B. Colon (L, 4-5)7.0
          A. Claudio1.0
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          J. Berrios (W, 8-5)7.030021203.150.9532.0
          T. Hildenberger (H, 9)1.00000002.110.943.0
          F. Rodney (S, 17)1.00000302.731.1411.5
          Total9.03002150---
          PITCHERSIP
          J. Berrios (W, 8-5)7.0
          T. Hildenberger (H, 9)1.0
          F. Rodney (S, 17)1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • WP - B. Colon
          • Pitches-Strikes - B. Colon 82-60, A. Claudio 22-16
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Colon 4-11
          • Batters Faced - B. Colon 28, A. Claudio 4
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - J. Berrios 107-70, T. Hildenberger 9-6, F. Rodney 16-9
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Berrios 3-5, T. Hildenberger 3-0
          • Batters Faced - J. Berrios 25, T. Hildenberger 3, F. Rodney 3
          • 6TH INNING
            Grossman singled to left center, Rosario scored, Escobar to third02
          • 5TH INNING
            Wilson singled to left, Grossman scored01
          • 9TH INNING
            • Ryan LaMarre in center field
            • Fernando Rodney relieved Trevor Hildenberger
            • J. Profar: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Profar struck out swinging
            • N. Mazara: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Mazara struck out swinging
            • A. Beltre: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Beltre struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Trevor Hildenberger relieved Jose Berrios
            • R. Guzman: Strike looking, Guzman grounded out to second
            • D. DeShields: Ball, DeShields grounded out to shortstop
            • S. Choo: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Choo grounded out to pitcher
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Alex Claudio relieved Bartolo Colon
            • E. Rosario: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Rosario struck out swinging
            • E. Escobar: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Escobar popped out to shortstop
            • B. Dozier: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Dozier singled to center
            • L. Morrison: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Morrison struck out swinging
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • J. Berrios Pitching:
            • R. Odor: Odor reached on bunt single to pitcher
            • J. Gallo: Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Gallo struck out swinging
            • I. Kiner-Falefa: Strike looking, Kiner-Falefa grounded into double play pitcher to shortstop to first, Odor out at second
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • B. Colon Pitching:
            • E. Adrianza: Adrianza flied out to deep center
            • B. Wilson: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Wilson popped out to first
            • J. Mauer: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Mauer grounded out to third
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • J. Berrios Pitching:
            • J. Profar: Strike looking, Profar grounded out to second
            • N. Mazara: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Mazara grounded out to third
            • A. Beltre: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Beltre struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • B. Colon Pitching:
            • E. Rosario: Rosario singled to right center
            • E. Escobar: Ball, Rosario to second on wild pitch, Ball, Ball, Ball, Escobar walked
            • B. Dozier: Strike looking, Foul, Dozier lined out to left
            • L. Morrison: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Morrison struck out looking
            • R. Grossman: Grossman singled to left center, Rosario scored, Escobar to third
            • M. Kepler: Kepler fouled out to third
            • End of the 6th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • J. Berrios Pitching:
            • R. Guzman: Foul, Ball, Guzman fouled out to catcher
            • D. DeShields: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, DeShields struck out looking
            • S. Choo: Ball, Choo lined out to first
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • B. Colon Pitching:
            • R. Grossman: Grossman doubled to deep center
            • M. Kepler: Ball, Foul, Kepler fouled out to third
            • E. Adrianza: Adrianza flied out to deep center, Grossman to third
            • B. Wilson: Strike looking, Wilson singled to left, Grossman scored
            • J. Mauer: Strike looking, Mauer lined out to left
            • End of the 5th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • J. Berrios Pitching:
            • A. Beltre: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Beltre walked
            • R. Odor: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Odor flied out to center
            • J. Gallo: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Gallo struck out looking
            • I. Kiner-Falefa: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Kiner-Falefa struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • B. Colon Pitching:
            • E. Rosario: Ball, Rosario singled to center
            • E. Escobar: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Rosario picked off at first, catcher to first, Escobar doubled to deep right
            • B. Dozier: Dozier grounded out to third
            • L. Morrison: Morrison flied out to left
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • J. Berrios Pitching:
            • D. DeShields: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, DeShields struck out swinging
            • S. Choo: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Choo walked
            • J. Profar: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Profar struck out swinging
            • N. Mazara: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Mazara struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • B. Colon Pitching:
            • E. Adrianza: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Adrianza struck out swinging
            • B. Wilson: Wilson lined out to third
            • J. Mauer: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Mauer lined out to second
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • J. Berrios Pitching:
            • J. Gallo: Ball, Gallo fouled out to first
            • I. Kiner-Falefa: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Kiner-Falefa struck out swinging
            • R. Guzman: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Guzman struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • B. Colon Pitching:
            • B. Dozier: Ball, Foul, Ball, Dozier flied out to right
            • L. Morrison: Morrison singled to deep right
            • R. Grossman: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Strike looking, Grossman struck out looking
            • M. Kepler: Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Kepler struck out looking
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • J. Berrios Pitching:
            • S. Choo: Choo doubled to left center
            • J. Profar: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Profar struck out looking
            • N. Mazara: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Mazara flied out to left
            • A. Beltre: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Beltre singled to left, Choo to third
            • R. Odor: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Odor struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • B. Colon Pitching:
            • J. Mauer: Strike looking, Foul, Mauer grounded out to second
            • E. Rosario: Strike looking, Rosario grounded out to first
            • E. Escobar: Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Escobar struck out swinging
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)