All-Star Berrios, Escobar lead Twins over Royals 3-1

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Jose Berrios said it feels weird to be described as an All-Star after being named to the American League team for the first time in his career.

His pitching on Tuesday showed the honor isn't misplaced.

Eduardo Escobar had three hits and drove in the go-ahead run in the seventh to support Berrios' strong outing as the Minnesota Twins beat the Kansas City Royals 3-1 on Monday night.

Escobar plated Joe Mauer with a seventh-inning single as Minnesota took advantage of Kansas City's struggling bullpen to win its fifth straight game.

Berrios (9-7) allowed one run on six hits in seven innings. He struck out eight while throwing a season-high 111 pitches.

''I feel great today out there,'' Berrios said. ''My last two outings, I felt a little low on energy, a little tired. But today I felt better and the game plan worked for us.''

Fernando Rodney allowed a walk and hit in the ninth but secured his 20th save.

Tim Hill (1-3) surrendered both runs and got just one out in relief after starter Danny Duffy's six scoreless innings. The Royals started the game with a league-worst 5.29 relief ERA.

''We score more runs, get a little more leeway, it would be easier on the bullpen,'' said Kansas City manager Ned Yost, who was ejected in the fourth inning. ''Right now, they're just walking that thin line. They can't make a mistake. But Danny was fantastic.''

Duffy and Berrios nearly matched each other through seven innings as both teams couldn't convert scoring chances.

The Royals were 1 for 8 with runners in scoring position and stranded five runners against Berrios. Minnesota was 0 for 5 with runners in scoring position and left eight on base against Duffy, who has a 3.07 ERA over his past nine starts after a slow start to his season.

''I feel like I figured out quite a bit over the last couple starts,'' Duffy said.

The Twins had a runner reach third in three of Duffy's six innings and failed to drive him in.

Alex Gordon and Alcides Escobar hit back-to-back doubles to lead off the third for the only run against Berrios.

''He's got the confidence he can make pitches to try to minimize at the very least,'' Minnesota manager Paul Molitor said of Berrios. ''He's got that feel about just pace of game, what he's doing, continue to execute, and it's just part of that progression we keep talking about with him.''

YOST EJECTED

Kansas City manager Ned Yost was ejected after Lucas Duda was called out on strikes by home plate umpire Will Little. It was Yost's 43rd career ejection and the first of this season.

''I yelled at him just to get his act together, and he looked at me and shrugged his shoulders,'' Yost said. ''Like, what does that mean? Does that mean you don't care? Is that what it means? That's what set me off. Got my player working out there and then you're going to shrug your shoulders at me, and you're missing a call, a crucial call? Yeah, I didn't like it.''

WHOLE LOTTA ROSIE

The Twins started their marketing campaign to get left fielder Eddie Rosario voted to the All-Star game as part of the league's final ballot.

Minnesota players and coaches wore tuxedo T-shirts for the pregame batting practice that had ''Vote Rosie'' on the back. The idea behind the campaign is based on `The Bachelor TV' show, which is known for handing out roses to chosen participants.

Rosario took the field in the first inning with a rose in hand and gave it to a female fan in the stands near left field.

Rosario, who drove in the tying run on Tuesday on a groundout, was seventh in the AL in hits starting Monday's games. He was also tied with Boston outfielder Mookie Betts for fourth in the league with 185 total bases.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Twins: RHP Ervin Santana (60-day disabled list, finger surgery) is scheduled to start Tuesday for Double-A Chattanooga as he tries to work his way back to the Minnesota rotation. Manager Paul Molitor said Santana is likely to move his rehab to Triple-A Rochester for one start before the All-Star break and the team will decide on his future depending on the two starts.

UP NEXT

Royals: RHP Ian Kennedy (1-8, 5.11 ERA) will be activated from the disabled list to start Tuesday evening's game in Minnesota. Kennedy has been out since June 29 with a left oblique strain. He has gone 15 starts without a win, the longest active winless streak in the majors.

Twins: RHP Aaron Slegers (1-0, 2.38) will make his second start and third appearance of the season on Tuesday. He earned his first major league win on July 5 with one run allowed in six innings against Baltimore.

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PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
W. Merrifield 2B40100011.303.369.427.7970.5
J. Bonifacio RF40100021.306.359.417.7760.0
M. Moustakas 3B30000022.251.308.464.7720.0
S. Perez C40100000.213.255.378.6342.0
L. Duda 1B30000122.236.301.410.7110.0
R. Herrera CF40100023.250.264.345.6100.0
A. Gordon LF41200012.247.324.341.6653.5
A. Escobar SS40110002.195.243.275.5183.0
A. Mondesi DH30000011.211.224.333.557-0.5
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    J. Mauer 1B51310010.267.360.355.7154.5
    E. Rosario LF50110011.300.340.531.8711.5
    B. Dozier 2B30100214.223.309.402.7112.5
    E. Escobar 3B40310012.276.331.526.8573.5
    R. Grossman RF30000106.238.319.350.6691.0
    M. Garver DH-C40000025.261.331.385.717-1.0
    M. Kepler CF-RF40100000.229.313.405.7181.0
    J. Polanco SS31000111.241.333.310.6441.5
    B. Wilson C30100021.141.211.247.4581.0
    J. Cave PR-CF11100000.279.313.492.8042.0
      BATTING
      • 2B - S. Perez (11), A. Gordon (9), A. Escobar (12)
      • RBI - A. Escobar (20)
      BATTING
      • 2B - B. Wilson (6)
      • RBI - J. Mauer (23), E. Rosario (54), E. Escobar (53)
      BASERUNNING
      • Picked Off - R. Herrera
      FIELDING
      • PB - S. Perez (3)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      D. Duffy6.06002904.891.4917.5
      T. Hill (L, 1-3) (BS, 2)0.12220006.041.50-9.0
      K. McCarthy0.21001003.321.21-2.0
      B. Maurer1.021110012.342.66-1.0
      PITCHERSIP
      D. Duffy6.0
      T. Hill (L, 1-3) (BS, 2)0.1
      K. McCarthy0.2
      B. Maurer1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Berrios (W, 9-7)7.06110803.410.9928.0
      T. Hildenberger (H, 14)1.00000202.861.074.0
      F. Rodney (S, 20)1.01001103.061.308.5
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Berrios (W, 9-7)7.0
      T. Hildenberger (H, 14)1.0
      F. Rodney (S, 20)1.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - D. Duffy 109-66, T. Hill 20-13, K. McCarthy 24-13, B. Maurer 22-14
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Duffy 5-4, T. Hill 1-0, K. McCarthy 1-1, B. Maurer 2-1
      • Batters Faced - D. Duffy 26, T. Hill 3, K. McCarthy 4, B. Maurer 6
      PITCHING
      • HBP - J. Berrios (8)
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Berrios 111-74, T. Hildenberger 11-9, F. Rodney 21-12
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Berrios 8-4, T. Hildenberger 1-0
      • Batters Faced - J. Berrios 27, T. Hildenberger 3, F. Rodney 5
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      W. Merrifield 2B40100011.303.369.427.7970.5
      J. Bonifacio RF40100021.306.359.417.7760.0
      M. Moustakas 3B30000022.251.308.464.7720.0
      S. Perez C40100000.213.255.378.6342.0
      L. Duda 1B30000122.236.301.410.7110.0
      R. Herrera CF40100023.250.264.345.6100.0
      A. Gordon LF41200012.247.324.341.6653.5
      A. Escobar SS40110002.195.243.275.5183.0
      A. Mondesi DH30000011.211.224.333.557-0.5
      Total33171011114-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        J. Mauer 1B51310010.267.360.355.7154.5
        E. Rosario LF50110011.300.340.531.8711.5
        B. Dozier 2B30100214.223.309.402.7112.5
        E. Escobar 3B40310012.276.331.526.8573.5
        R. Grossman RF30000106.238.319.350.6691.0
        M. Garver DH-C40000025.261.331.385.717-1.0
        M. Kepler CF-RF40100000.229.313.405.7181.0
        J. Polanco SS31000111.241.333.310.6441.5
        B. Wilson C30100021.141.211.247.4581.0
        J. Cave PR-CF11100000.279.313.492.8042.0
        Total35311304920-----
        HITTERSAB
        J. Mauer 1B5
        E. Rosario LF5
        B. Dozier 2B3
        E. Escobar 3B4
        R. Grossman RF3
        M. Garver DH-C4
        M. Kepler CF-RF4
        J. Polanco SS3
        B. Wilson C3
        J. Cave PR-CF1
        Total35
          BATTING
          • 2B - S. Perez (11), A. Gordon (9), A. Escobar (12)
          • RBI - A. Escobar (20)
          BATTING
          • 2B - B. Wilson (6)
          • RBI - J. Mauer (23), E. Rosario (54), E. Escobar (53)
          BASERUNNING
          • Picked Off - R. Herrera
          FIELDING
          • PB - S. Perez (3)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          D. Duffy6.06002904.891.4917.5
          T. Hill (L, 1-3) (BS, 2)0.12220006.041.50-9.0
          K. McCarthy0.21001003.321.21-2.0
          B. Maurer1.021110012.342.66-1.0
          Total8.01133490---
          PITCHERSIP
          D. Duffy6.0
          T. Hill (L, 1-3) (BS, 2)0.1
          K. McCarthy0.2
          B. Maurer1.0
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          J. Berrios (W, 9-7)7.06110803.410.9928.0
          T. Hildenberger (H, 14)1.00000202.861.074.0
          F. Rodney (S, 20)1.01001103.061.308.5
          Total9.07111110---
          PITCHERSIP
          J. Berrios (W, 9-7)7.0
          T. Hildenberger (H, 14)1.0
          F. Rodney (S, 20)1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - D. Duffy 109-66, T. Hill 20-13, K. McCarthy 24-13, B. Maurer 22-14
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Duffy 5-4, T. Hill 1-0, K. McCarthy 1-1, B. Maurer 2-1
          • Batters Faced - D. Duffy 26, T. Hill 3, K. McCarthy 4, B. Maurer 6
          PITCHING
          • HBP - J. Berrios (8)
          • Pitches-Strikes - J. Berrios 111-74, T. Hildenberger 11-9, F. Rodney 21-12
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Berrios 8-4, T. Hildenberger 1-0
          • Batters Faced - J. Berrios 27, T. Hildenberger 3, F. Rodney 5
          • 8TH INNING
            Mauer singled to center, Polanco scored, Cave to second13
          • 7TH INNING
            Escobar singled to center, Mauer scored, Dozier to third12
            Rosario grounded out to third, Cave scored, Mauer to second11
          • 3RD INNING
            Escobar doubled to deep right, Gordon scored10
          • 9TH INNING
            • Fernando Rodney relieved Trevor Hildenberger
            • S. Perez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Perez lined out to right
            • L. Duda: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Duda walked
            • R. Herrera: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Herrera struck out swinging
            • A. Gordon: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Gordon reached on an infield single to shortstop, Duda to second
            • A. Escobar: Ball, Ball, Escobar fouled out to catcher
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Trevor Hildenberger pitching
            • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Merrifield struck out swinging
            • J. Bonifacio: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Bonifacio struck out swinging
            • M. Moustakas: Foul, Strike swinging, Moustakas grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Brandon Maurer relieved Kevin McCarthy
            • M. Kepler: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Kepler grounded out to second
            • J. Polanco: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Polanco walked
            • J. Cave: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Cave singled to left, Polanco to second
            • J. Mauer: Strike looking, Strike looking, Mauer singled to center, Polanco scored, Cave to second
            • E. Rosario: Ball, Foul, Foul, Rosario reached on fielder's choice to second, Cave to third, Mauer out at second
            • B. Dozier: Dozier lined out to center
            • End of the 8th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • J. Berrios Pitching:
            • A. Gordon: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Gordon struck out swinging
            • A. Escobar: Strike swinging, Ball, Escobar lined out to center
            • A. Mondesi: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Mondesi grounded out to first
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Tim Hill relieved Danny Duffy
            • B. Wilson: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Wilson doubled to left center
            • Jake Cave ran for Bobby Wilson
            • J. Mauer: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Mauer singled to right, Cave to third
            • E. Rosario: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Rosario grounded out to third, Cave scored, Mauer to second
            • Kevin McCarthy relieved Tim Hill
            • B. Dozier: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Dozier walked
            • E. Escobar: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Escobar singled to center, Mauer scored, Dozier to third
            • R. Grossman: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Grossman lined out to shortstop
            • M. Garver: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Garver grounded out to pitcher
            • End of the 7th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • J. Berrios Pitching:
            • S. Perez: Ball, Ball, Foul, Perez flied out to deep center
            • L. Duda: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Duda struck out swinging
            • R. Herrera: Ball, Foul, Ball, Herrera reached on an infield single to second
            • A. Gordon: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Herrera picked off at first, pitcher to first
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • D. Duffy Pitching:
            • M. Garver: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Garver struck out swinging
            • M. Kepler: Strike looking, Ball, Kepler grounded out to second
            • J. Polanco: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Polanco grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • J. Berrios Pitching:
            • A. Escobar: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Escobar grounded out to shortstop
            • A. Mondesi: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Mondesi struck out swinging
            • W. Merrifield: Ball, Strike looking, Merrifield singled to shallow center
            • J. Bonifacio: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Ball, Bonifacio singled to left, Merrifield to third
            • M. Moustakas: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Moustakas struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • D. Duffy Pitching:
            • J. Mauer: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Mauer grounded out to first
            • E. Rosario: Foul, Foul, Rosario grounded out to first
            • B. Dozier: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Dozier walked
            • E. Escobar: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Escobar singled to center, Dozier to third
            • R. Grossman: Ball, Grossman grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • J. Berrios Pitching:
            • M. Moustakas: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Moustakas hit by pitch
            • S. Perez: Perez doubled to deep left, Moustakas to third
            • L. Duda: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Duda struck out looking
            • R. Herrera: Strike swinging, Herrera grounded out to third
            • A. Gordon: Ball, Gordon grounded out to first
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • D. Duffy Pitching:
            • M. Garver: Ball, Garver popped out to second
            • M. Kepler: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Kepler singled to center
            • J. Polanco: Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Polanco lined out to center
            • B. Wilson: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Wilson struck out swinging
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • J. Berrios Pitching:
            • A. Gordon: Strike swinging, Gordon doubled to deep right
            • A. Escobar: Foul, Strike looking, Escobar doubled to deep right, Gordon scored
            • A. Mondesi: Strike swinging, Mondesi fouled out to catcher
            • W. Merrifield: Ball, Ball, Merrifield grounded out to third
            • J. Bonifacio: Ball, Bonifacio grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • D. Duffy Pitching:
            • J. Mauer: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Mauer struck out swinging
            • E. Rosario: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Rosario struck out swinging
            • B. Dozier: Ball, Ball, Dozier singled to left
            • E. Escobar: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Escobar singled to deep right, Dozier to third
            • R. Grossman: Ball, Ball, Escobar to second on passed ball, Strike looking, Ball, Grossman flied out to right
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • J. Berrios Pitching:
            • S. Perez: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Perez grounded out to third
            • L. Duda: Ball, Duda popped out to shortstop
            • R. Herrera: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Herrera struck out looking
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • D. Duffy Pitching:
            • M. Kepler: Ball, Kepler lined out to center
            • J. Polanco: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Polanco struck out looking
            • B. Wilson: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Wilson struck out swinging
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • J. Berrios Pitching:
            • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Merrifield grounded out to first
            • J. Bonifacio: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Bonifacio struck out swinging
            • M. Moustakas: Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Moustakas struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • D. Duffy Pitching:
            • J. Mauer: Strike looking, Ball, Mauer singled to left
            • E. Rosario: Strike looking, Strike looking, Rosario singled to right center, Mauer to second
            • B. Dozier: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Dozier struck out looking
            • E. Escobar: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Strike looking, Strike swinging, Escobar struck out swinging
            • R. Grossman: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Grossman walked, Mauer to third, Rosario to second
            • M. Garver: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Garver struck out swinging
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)