Berrios goes 7 as Twins beat Royals 8-2

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Max Kepler saw a lot of pitches Friday night, and it paid off Saturday night.

Kepler had three hits, including a two-run homer that put Minnesota ahead to stay, and Jose Berrios threw seven sharp innings to help the Twins to an 8-2 victory over the Kansas City Royals.

Kepler went 3 for 3 with a walk and scored twice. He walked three times in Minnesota's 6-4 victory in the series opener.

''The more pitches you see in an at-bat, the better you start to see the ball with time, and I think we're doing that pretty well as a team right now,'' he said. ''I hit some line drives and ground balls that some nights can be caught. Today, luckily they find holes.''

Eddie Rosario and Logan Morrison also homered as the Twins won their second straight against the Royals.

''We don't want guys to try to step up and be supermen,'' manager Paul Molitor said of his offense coming alive. ''It's just understand that you go out there and bring what you can bring.''

Berrios (11-8) retired his first six batters, but had trouble throwing strikes in his middle innings and allowed the Royals to take a 2-1 lead after walking the bases loaded in the third. The All-Star right-hander settled down and remained unbeaten against AL Central opponents this season.

''Seven innings didn't look very likely after he gave up those couple, but he got it done,'' Molitor said. ''And thankfully, the bats came alive.''

The Twins regained the lead on Kepler's homer off Burch Smith (1-3) in the fourth. Rosario added a sacrifice fly in the fifth, and Logan Forsythe and Bobby Wilson each drove in a run in the sixth.

''I still felt pretty good,'' Smith said. ''They just capitalized on mistakes. I didn't make a pitch, and they hit it. It's a good-hitting team.

Morrison added his 15th homer in seventh, a towering two-run shot off Glenn Sparkman that traveled an estimated 442 feet before landing in the right-field concourse.

SMITH'S START

Smith was charged with a season-high six runs in five-plus innings in his fifth start of the year. Manager Ned Yost still said Smith threw the ball well.

''He started laboring in the sixth inning after about the 80-pitch mark, 85-pitch mark. Up until that point, I thought he did a good job of keeping us in the game and throwing strikes,'' Yost said.

DRAKE THE JOURNEYMAN

Minnesota's Addison Reed and Oliver Drake combined for two innings of scoreless relief. Drake, claimed off waivers from Toronto on Friday, set a major league record by pitching for his fifth team this season. He arrived at the ballpark on Saturday afternoon and said he appreciated the chance to get right to work.

''I think my catch partner though the whole time has been a fence post back home, so it's just nice to get back out there playing baseball, throwing to hitters, competing,'' Drake said.

And the record?

''It's definitely cool having all the jerseys,'' he said smiling. ''That's going to be something that looking back it's going to be a cool collection. I don't know if this is something I'll brag about, but it'll definitely be a neat story.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Twins: Molitor said RHP Aaron Slegers (shoulder) would begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Rochester on Saturday night. ... RHP Michael Pineda is scheduled to begin his recovery from Tommy John surgery when he starts his rehab assignment with the Florida Gulf Coast on Monday.

JOHAN'S CALL

The Twins inducted former ace Johan Santana into the franchise's hall of fame in a pregame ceremony. Santana, who won two AL Cy Young Awards during his eight seasons in Minnesota, became the 31st member of the Twins Hall of Fame. For five seasons, from 2003-07, he led the AL in wins (82), strikeouts (1,152), ERA (2.92) and opponent batting average (.212).

Surrounded by family and former teammates, Santana was introduced by former teammate Torii Hunter before being presented with a Twins blazer by Rod Carew.

''Go chase your dreams, work hard, be passionate about what you do. Have fun and never give up, and good things will happen to you,'' Santana told the crowd.

UP NEXT

Royals: LHP Danny Duffy (7-9) will make his 24th start of the season Sunday. After posting a 6.88 ERA in his first 10 starts, he has a 3.00 ERA since May 24, the fourth-lowest in the AL in that stretch.

Twins: RHP Ervin Santana (0-0) looks to return to his ace form when makes his third start since returning from the 60-day DL after being sidelined by an injured finger. He has allowed a combined eight earned runs in 10 1/3 innings with six strikeouts this season.

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  • W: J. Berrios (11-8)L: B. Smith (1-3)
  • HR: MIN - L. Morrison (15), E. Rosario (20), M. Kepler (14)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
W. Merrifield 2B30100100.301.370.424.7952.0
A. Gordon LF40220011.247.318.355.6733.5
S. Perez DH40000003.232.271.436.7060.0
L. Duda 1B40100023.235.305.391.6961.0
R. Herrera 3B40000001.259.294.364.6580.0
J. Bonifacio RF40100001.208.296.344.6401.0
B. Phillips CF31100120.205.271.364.6342.0
A. Escobar SS30000012.197.248.268.516-0.5
D. Butera C31000112.184.270.280.5501.5
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    J. Mauer DH40100110.275.357.367.7251.5
    E. Rosario LF41121012.298.339.502.8416.5
    J. Polanco SS41100110.288.373.385.7572.5
    L. Morrison 1B42221012.195.289.387.6768.5
    M. Sano 3B31000111.211.280.404.6841.5
    M. Kepler RF32321100.237.329.428.75611.0
    L. Forsythe 2B40110022.209.273.294.5662.0
    J. Cave CF40100013.274.308.460.7691.5
    B. Wilson C41110012.169.225.263.4883.5
      BATTING
      • 2B - L. Duda (9)
      • SH - A. Escobar (6)
      • RBI - A. Gordon 2 (27)
      BATTING
      • 2B - L. Forsythe (11), J. Cave (8), B. Wilson (8)
      • HR - E. Rosario (20), L. Morrison (15), M. Kepler (14)
      • SF - E. Rosario
      • RBI - E. Rosario 2 (66), L. Morrison 2 (39), M. Kepler 2 (43), L. Forsythe (15), B. Wilson (14)
      • 2-Out RBI - M. Kepler 2 (18)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      B. Smith (L, 1-3)5.07662426.411.53-3.0
      G. Sparkman2.04222415.401.800.0
      J. Adam1.00000105.461.363.5
      PITCHERSIP
      B. Smith (L, 1-3)5.0
      G. Sparkman2.0
      J. Adam1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Berrios (W, 11-8)7.05223603.511.0524.0
      A. Reed1.01000004.601.422.0
      O. Drake1.00000107.311.763.5
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Berrios (W, 11-8)7.0
      A. Reed1.0
      O. Drake1.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - B. Smith 95-58, G. Sparkman 52-32, J. Adam 13-8
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Smith 5-6, G. Sparkman 1-1, J. Adam 1-1
      • Batters Faced - B. Smith 24, G. Sparkman 12, J. Adam 3
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Berrios 106-70, A. Reed 13-9, O. Drake 19-12
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Berrios 10-5, A. Reed 2-1, O. Drake 1-1
      • Batters Faced - J. Berrios 29, A. Reed 4, O. Drake 3
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      KC34-76
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      W. Merrifield 2B30100100.301.370.424.7952.0
      A. Gordon LF40220011.247.318.355.6733.5
      S. Perez DH40000003.232.271.436.7060.0
      L. Duda 1B40100023.235.305.391.6961.0
      R. Herrera 3B40000001.259.294.364.6580.0
      J. Bonifacio RF40100001.208.296.344.6401.0
      B. Phillips CF31100120.205.271.364.6342.0
      A. Escobar SS30000012.197.248.268.516-0.5
      D. Butera C31000112.184.270.280.5501.5
      Total3226203713-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        J. Mauer DH40100110.275.357.367.7251.5
        E. Rosario LF41121012.298.339.502.8416.5
        J. Polanco SS41100110.288.373.385.7572.5
        L. Morrison 1B42221012.195.289.387.6768.5
        M. Sano 3B31000111.211.280.404.6841.5
        M. Kepler RF32321100.237.329.428.75611.0
        L. Forsythe 2B40110022.209.273.294.5662.0
        J. Cave CF40100013.274.308.460.7691.5
        B. Wilson C41110012.169.225.263.4883.5
        Total34811834912-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - L. Duda (9)
          • SH - A. Escobar (6)
          • RBI - A. Gordon 2 (27)
          BATTING
          • 2B - L. Forsythe (11), J. Cave (8), B. Wilson (8)
          • HR - E. Rosario (20), L. Morrison (15), M. Kepler (14)
          • SF - E. Rosario
          • RBI - E. Rosario 2 (66), L. Morrison 2 (39), M. Kepler 2 (43), L. Forsythe (15), B. Wilson (14)
          • 2-Out RBI - M. Kepler 2 (18)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          B. Smith (L, 1-3)5.07662426.411.53-3.0
          G. Sparkman2.04222415.401.800.0
          J. Adam1.00000105.461.363.5
          Total8.01188493---
          PITCHERSIP
          B. Smith (L, 1-3)5.0
          G. Sparkman2.0
          J. Adam1.0
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          J. Berrios (W, 11-8)7.05223603.511.0524.0
          A. Reed1.01000004.601.422.0
          O. Drake1.00000107.311.763.5
          Total9.0622370---
          PITCHERSIP
          J. Berrios (W, 11-8)7.0
          A. Reed1.0
          O. Drake1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - B. Smith 95-58, G. Sparkman 52-32, J. Adam 13-8
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Smith 5-6, G. Sparkman 1-1, J. Adam 1-1
          • Batters Faced - B. Smith 24, G. Sparkman 12, J. Adam 3
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - J. Berrios 106-70, A. Reed 13-9, O. Drake 19-12
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Berrios 10-5, A. Reed 2-1, O. Drake 1-1
          • Batters Faced - J. Berrios 29, A. Reed 4, O. Drake 3
          • 7TH INNING
            Morrison homered to right, Polanco scored28
          • 6TH INNING
            Wilson grounded out to third, Kepler scored, Forsythe to third26
            Forsythe doubled to left, Sano scored, Kepler to third25
          • 5TH INNING
            Rosario hit sacrifice fly to center, Wilson scored24
          • 4TH INNING
            Kepler homered to right, Morrison scored23
          • 3RD INNING
            Gordon singled to right, Phillips and Butera scored, Merrifield to third21
          • 1ST INNING
            Rosario homered to right01
          • 9TH INNING
            • Oliver Drake relieved Addison Reed
            • B. Phillips: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Phillips struck out looking
            • A. Escobar: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Escobar flied out to left
            • D. Butera: Ball, Foul, Ball, Butera grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Addison Reed relieved Jose Berrios
            • S. Perez: Ball, Perez flied out to center
            • L. Duda: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Duda doubled to left center
            • R. Herrera: Strike looking, Herrera grounded out to first, Duda to third
            • J. Bonifacio: Strike looking, Foul, Bonifacio grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Jason Adam relieved Glenn Sparkman
            • J. Mauer: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Mauer lined out to second
            • E. Rosario: Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Rosario struck out swinging
            • J. Polanco: Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ball, Polanco grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • J. Berrios Pitching:
            • A. Escobar: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Escobar grounded out to pitcher
            • D. Butera: Butera flied out to center
            • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Ball, Merrifield singled to right
            • A. Gordon: Strike swinging, Gordon grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • G. Sparkman Pitching:
            • J. Polanco: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Polanco reached on an infield single to shortstop
            • L. Morrison: Strike looking, Morrison homered to right, Polanco scored
            • M. Sano: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Sano struck out swinging
            • M. Kepler: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Kepler walked
            • L. Forsythe: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Forsythe struck out looking
            • J. Cave: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Cave doubled to deep center, Kepler to third
            • B. Wilson: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Wilson struck out swinging
            • End of the 7th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • J. Berrios Pitching:
            • R. Herrera: Strike looking, Ball, Herrera grounded out to second
            • J. Bonifacio: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Bonifacio flied out to left
            • B. Phillips: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Phillips struck out looking
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • B. Smith Pitching:
            • M. Sano: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Sano walked
            • M. Kepler: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Kepler singled to center, Sano to third
            • Glenn Sparkman relieved Burch Smith
            • L. Forsythe: Ball, Forsythe doubled to left, Sano scored, Kepler to third
            • J. Cave: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Cave struck out swinging
            • B. Wilson: Strike swinging, Wilson grounded out to third, Kepler scored, Forsythe to third
            • J. Mauer: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Mauer walked
            • E. Rosario: Strike swinging, Ball, Rosario flied out to left
            • End of the 6th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • J. Berrios Pitching:
            • W. Merrifield: Foul, Ball, Merrifield grounded out to shortstop
            • A. Gordon: Strike looking, Gordon singled to left
            • S. Perez: Ball, Ball, Foul, Perez popped out to third
            • L. Duda: Strike swinging, Duda grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • B. Smith Pitching:
            • J. Cave: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Cave grounded out to first
            • B. Wilson: Ball, Wilson doubled to left center
            • J. Mauer: Mauer singled to right, Wilson to third
            • E. Rosario: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Rosario hit sacrifice fly to center, Wilson scored
            • J. Polanco: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Polanco walked, Mauer to second
            • L. Morrison: Ball, Foul, Ball, Morrison grounded out to second
            • End of the 5th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • J. Berrios Pitching:
            • R. Herrera: Foul, Herrera grounded out to second
            • J. Bonifacio: Foul, Bonifacio singled to center
            • B. Phillips: Ball, Phillips singled to center, Bonifacio to second
            • A. Escobar: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Escobar struck out looking
            • D. Butera: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Butera struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • B. Smith Pitching:
            • J. Polanco: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Polanco lined out to center
            • L. Morrison: Strike looking, Morrison singled to shallow center
            • M. Sano: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Sano flied out to deep center
            • M. Kepler: Strike looking, Ball, Kepler homered to right, Morrison scored
            • L. Forsythe: Foul, Forsythe grounded out to third
            • End of the 4th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • J. Berrios Pitching:
            • B. Phillips: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Phillips walked
            • A. Escobar: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Escobar hit sacrifice bunt to third, Phillips to second
            • D. Butera: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Butera walked
            • W. Merrifield: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Merrifield walked, Phillips to third, Butera to second
            • A. Gordon: Gordon singled to right, Phillips and Butera scored, Merrifield to third
            • S. Perez: Ball, Perez flied out to shallow right
            • L. Duda: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Duda struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 3rd (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • B. Smith Pitching:
            • B. Wilson: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Wilson flied out to center
            • J. Mauer: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Mauer struck out swinging
            • E. Rosario: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Rosario flied out to deep center
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • J. Berrios Pitching:
            • L. Duda: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Duda struck out swinging
            • R. Herrera: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Herrera grounded out to pitcher
            • J. Bonifacio: Strike looking, Bonifacio grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • B. Smith Pitching:
            • M. Sano: Sano grounded out to shortstop
            • M. Kepler: Strike looking, Ball, Kepler singled to right center
            • L. Forsythe: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Strike swinging, Forsythe struck out swinging
            • J. Cave: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Cave lined out to left
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • J. Berrios Pitching:
            • W. Merrifield: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Merrifield grounded out to third
            • A. Gordon: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Gordon struck out swinging
            • S. Perez: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Perez flied out to right
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • B. Smith Pitching:
            • J. Mauer: Strike looking, Mauer grounded out to first
            • E. Rosario: Rosario homered to right
            • J. Polanco: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Polanco struck out looking
            • L. Morrison: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Morrison struck out swinging
            • End of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)