Berrios pitches Twins past White Sox 2-1 in 1st game

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Twins' pitching staff has finally caught up in the strikeout era, with Jose Berrios leading the way.

Berrios became the first Minnesota pitcher in eight years to reach 200 strikeouts, throwing seven smooth innings for the Twins in a 2-1 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Friday in the first game of a day-night doubleheader.

''It means a lot, obviously. That was one of my goals before the season started,'' Berrios said. ''That's when I wrote it down, and I accomplished it and I'm thankful to God for that.''

Berrios finished his All-Star season with a career-best 3.84 ERA and 202 strikeouts. The last time a Twins pitcher topped that milestone was Francisco Liriano (201) in 2010, with Johan Santana (235) in 2007 the most recent prior to that. The Twins are 16th in the major leagues in strikeouts, after finishing next-to-last in 2017. From 2011 through 2015, they were last.

Berrios (12-11) struck out nine batters, allowing just three hits and one run on Leury Garcia's RBI single in the third. Berrios walked four, including Avisail Garcia to lead off the sixth, but he followed that by fanning Daniel Palka, Matt Davidson and Omar Narvarez in a 10-pitch span to finish the inning with his fastball buzzing.

''Pretty special kid,'' White Sox manager Rick Renteria said. ''Nice mix of pitches. Breaking ball was diving, sinking. He's got a quick arm. Just kept us off balance.''

Though Berrios had a 4.15 ERA and just a 3-4 record in 12 starts after the All-Star break, the right-hander took another step toward being the ace at the top of the rotation the Twins have been lacking since Santana was traded 11 years ago.

''I want to be one of the best pitchers in the league,'' Berrios said. ''I think I have the material to do that and to be the best pitcher on this team, so that Minnesota can construct around me and build a winning team.''

Reynaldo Lopez (7-10) turned in another strong start for the White Sox, with the exception of matching his season high with five walks. The righty struck out five in six innings with four hits and two runs allowed. Tyler Austin's RBI groundout in the first and Willians Astudillo's sacrifice fly in the sixth were all the Twins needed.

After four outs by Taylor Rogers, Trevor May struck out the last to batters to notch his second save and end the game that was a makeup from the mid-April weekend when the White Sox and Twins had three straight games postponed by a snowstorm. Paid attendance was still announced at 20,245, with a first-pitch temperature of 51 degrees.

Joe Mauer, playing possibly the final games of his career with an expiring contract and a pending decision about whether or not to retire at age 35, had two singles and is hitting .352 (19 for 54) over his last 14 starts while reaching base at least once in each.

Astudillo has 16 RBIs in his last 15 games for the Twins, who improved to 46-32 at home. They're 27-12 since June 24, the fifth-best record in MLB in that span.

WHIFFING WHITIES

The White Sox struck out 12 times, raising their season total to an MLB-most 1,563. That's also only eight less than the all-time record of 1,571, set last year by the Milwaukee Brewers. Yoan Moncada has the team lead with 214, followed by Davidson with 161.

FINISHING STRONG

Lopez logged 40 innings over his last six starts, with a sparkling 1.13 ERA and 41 strikeouts. The 24-year-old finished with a 3.91 ERA in 188 2/3 innings.

''I'm leaving this season in a much better way than how I entered the season,'' Lopez said through a team interpreter. ''I learned a lot.''

GIVING BACK

The last time the White Sox played in Minnesota, on Aug. 20 , manager Rick Renteria experienced light-headedness in the afternoon and was hospitalized overnight as a precaution. He wound up missing four games. As a thank-you to the staff at Hennepin County Medical Center for his care, Renteria sent popcorn and donated 200 tickets to children being treated at the facility.

UP NEXT

White Sox: RHP Lucas Giolito (10-12, 5.81 ERA) takes the mound in the nightcap.

Twins: RHP Chase DeJong (0-1, 3.86 ERA) starts the second game.

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  • W: J. Berrios (12-11)L: R. Lopez (7-10)S: T. May (2)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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L. Garcia 2B40110010.276.307.382.6891.5
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O. Narvaez DH20000111.269.362.425.7870.5
a- K. Smith PH-DH10000010.291.344.364.708-0.5
W. Castillo C30100112.257.299.407.7071.5
T. Anderson SS31000004.240.282.406.6881.0
A. Engel CF30000011.235.279.336.614-0.5
  • a-struck out for Narvaez in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Mauer DH41200010.278.347.376.7221.5
J. Polanco SS40000022.286.342.431.773-1.0
J. Cave CF31100120.266.314.469.7833.0
R. Grossman LF20200200.275.367.389.7554.0
T. Austin 1B30010114.233.289.488.7761.5
M. Kepler RF40000007.221.317.401.7180.0
W. Astudillo C10010100.353.371.518.8882.0
E. Adrianza 3B30000014.254.303.384.686-0.5
G. Petit 2B30000010.250.318.283.602-0.5
    BATTING
    • RBI - L. Garcia (32)
    • 2-Out RBI - L. Garcia (16)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Garcia 2 (2), D. Palka, O. Narvaez, T. Anderson 2 (2)
    BATTING
    • 2B - J. Cave (15)
    • SF - W. Astudillo
    • RBI - T. Austin (46), W. Astudillo (20)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Kepler 3 (3), E. Adrianza 4 (4)
    BASERUNNING
    • CS - J. Mauer
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Castillo-Anderson)
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Polanco-Petit-Austin)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    R. Lopez (L, 7-10)6.04225503.911.277.5
    J. Minaya1.00000103.331.463.5
    C. Frare1.01000205.141.433.0
    PITCHERSIP
    R. Lopez (L, 7-10)6.0
    J. Minaya1.0
    C. Frare1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    J. Berrios (W, 12-11)7.03114903.841.1427.5
    T. Rogers (H, 17)1.11000102.670.972.5
    T. May (S, 2)0.20000203.331.078.0
    PITCHERSIP
    J. Berrios (W, 12-11)7.0
    T. Rogers (H, 17)1.1
    T. May (S, 2)0.2
    PITCHING
    • WP - R. Lopez (7)
    • Pitches-Strikes - R. Lopez 101-58, J. Minaya 16-12, C. Frare 19-13
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Lopez 2-10
    • Batters Faced - R. Lopez 26, J. Minaya 3, C. Frare 4
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - J. Berrios 106-69, T. Rogers 13-11, T. May 11-6
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Berrios 7-4
    • Batters Faced - J. Berrios 27, T. Rogers 5, T. May 2
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    Y. Sanchez 3B40100020.245.310.375.6840.0
    L. Garcia 2B40110010.276.307.382.6891.5
    A. Garcia RF30100112.238.281.444.7251.5
    R. Cordell RF00000000.077.107.192.2990.0
    D. Palka LF30000122.236.288.484.7720.0
    M. Davidson 1B40000022.231.322.427.749-1.0
    O. Narvaez DH20000111.269.362.425.7870.5
    a- K. Smith PH-DH10000010.291.344.364.708-0.5
    W. Castillo C30100112.257.299.407.7071.5
    T. Anderson SS31000004.240.282.406.6881.0
    A. Engel CF30000011.235.279.336.614-0.5
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    • a-struck out for Narvaez in the 9th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    J. Mauer DH41200010.278.347.376.7221.5
    J. Polanco SS40000022.286.342.431.773-1.0
    J. Cave CF31100120.266.314.469.7833.0
    R. Grossman LF20200200.275.367.389.7554.0
    T. Austin 1B30010114.233.289.488.7761.5
    M. Kepler RF40000007.221.317.401.7180.0
    W. Astudillo C10010100.353.371.518.8882.0
    E. Adrianza 3B30000014.254.303.384.686-0.5
    G. Petit 2B30000010.250.318.283.602-0.5
    Total2725205817-----
      BATTING
      • RBI - L. Garcia (32)
      • 2-Out RBI - L. Garcia (16)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Garcia 2 (2), D. Palka, O. Narvaez, T. Anderson 2 (2)
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Cave (15)
      • SF - W. Astudillo
      • RBI - T. Austin (46), W. Astudillo (20)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Kepler 3 (3), E. Adrianza 4 (4)
      BASERUNNING
      • CS - J. Mauer
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Castillo-Anderson)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Polanco-Petit-Austin)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      R. Lopez (L, 7-10)6.04225503.911.277.5
      J. Minaya1.00000103.331.463.5
      C. Frare1.01000205.141.433.0
      Total8.0522580---
      PITCHERSIP
      R. Lopez (L, 7-10)6.0
      J. Minaya1.0
      C. Frare1.0
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Berrios (W, 12-11)7.03114903.841.1427.5
      T. Rogers (H, 17)1.11000102.670.972.5
      T. May (S, 2)0.20000203.331.078.0
      Total9.04114120---
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Berrios (W, 12-11)7.0
      T. Rogers (H, 17)1.1
      T. May (S, 2)0.2
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - R. Lopez (7)
      • Pitches-Strikes - R. Lopez 101-58, J. Minaya 16-12, C. Frare 19-13
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Lopez 2-10
      • Batters Faced - R. Lopez 26, J. Minaya 3, C. Frare 4
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Berrios 106-69, T. Rogers 13-11, T. May 11-6
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Berrios 7-4
      • Batters Faced - J. Berrios 27, T. Rogers 5, T. May 2
      • 6TH INNING
        Astudillo hit sacrifice fly to center, Cave scored12
      • 3RD INNING
        Garcia reached on an infield single to second, Anderson scored, Sanchez to second11
      • 1ST INNING
        Austin grounded out to second, Mauer scored, Cave to third, Grossman to second01
      • 9TH INNING
        • T. Rogers Pitching:
        • M. Davidson: Foul, Davidson lined out to third
        • Kevan Smith hit for Omar Narvaez
        • Trevor May relieved Taylor Rogers
        • K. Smith: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Smith struck out swinging
        • W. Castillo: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Castillo struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Taylor Rogers relieved Jose Berrios
        • Y. Sanchez: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Sanchez popped out to first
        • L. Garcia: Ball, Garcia lined out to shortstop
        • A. Garcia: Strike (foul tip), Garcia singled to deep right
        • D. Palka: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Palka struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Caleb Frare relieved Juan Minaya
        • Ryan Cordell in right field
        • J. Cave: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Cave struck out swinging
        • R. Grossman: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Grossman singled to left center
        • T. Austin: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Strike swinging, Austin struck out swinging
        • M. Kepler: Foul, Kepler lined out to center
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • J. Berrios Pitching:
        • W. Castillo: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Castillo walked
        • T. Anderson: Anderson grounded out to second, Castillo out at second
        • A. Engel: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Engel popped out to second
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Juan Minaya relieved Reynaldo Lopez
        • G. Petit: Petit flied out to center
        • J. Mauer: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Mauer struck out looking
        • J. Polanco: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Polanco lined out to right
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • J. Berrios Pitching:
        • A. Garcia: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Garcia walked
        • D. Palka: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Palka struck out looking
        • M. Davidson: Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Davidson struck out swinging
        • O. Narvaez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Narvaez struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • R. Lopez Pitching:
        • J. Cave: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Cave walked
        • R. Grossman: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Grossman walked, Cave to second
        • T. Austin: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Austin walked, Cave to third, Grossman to second
        • M. Kepler: Strike looking, Kepler popped out to second
        • W. Astudillo: Astudillo hit sacrifice fly to center, Cave scored
        • E. Adrianza: Foul, Adrianza flied out to deep center
        • End of the 6th (1 Run, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • J. Berrios Pitching:
        • A. Engel: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Engel struck out swinging
        • Y. Sanchez: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Sanchez struck out swinging
        • L. Garcia: Foul, Garcia grounded out to first
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • R. Lopez Pitching:
        • G. Petit: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Petit flied out to right
        • J. Mauer: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Mauer lined out to right
        • J. Polanco: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Polanco struck out looking
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • J. Berrios Pitching:
        • D. Palka: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Palka walked
        • M. Davidson: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Davidson struck out swinging
        • O. Narvaez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Narvaez walked, Palka to second
        • W. Castillo: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Castillo flied out to center
        • T. Anderson: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Anderson lined out to pitcher
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • R. Lopez Pitching:
        • R. Grossman: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Grossman singled to right
        • T. Austin: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Foul, Austin flied out to right
        • M. Kepler: Kepler fouled out to third
        • W. Astudillo: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Grossman to second on wild pitch, Ball, Astudillo walked
        • E. Adrianza: Strike looking, Adrianza grounded out to second
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • J. Berrios Pitching:
        • W. Castillo: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Castillo singled to right
        • T. Anderson: Strike looking, Strike looking, Anderson reached on fielder's choice to third, Castillo out at second
        • A. Engel: Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Engel popped out to shortstop
        • Y. Sanchez: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Sanchez singled to right, Anderson to third
        • L. Garcia: Foul, Pickoff attempt to first, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Garcia reached on an infield single to second, Anderson scored, Sanchez to second
        • A. Garcia: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt to second, Garcia grounded into fielder's choice to third, Garcia out at second
        • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • R. Lopez Pitching:
        • J. Mauer: Ball, Ball, Mauer singled to left center
        • J. Polanco: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Mauer caught stealing second, catcher to shortstop
        • J. Cave: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Cave struck out looking
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • J. Berrios Pitching:
        • D. Palka: Palka grounded out to second
        • M. Davidson: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Davidson grounded out to second
        • O. Narvaez: Strike swinging, Foul, Narvaez grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • R. Lopez Pitching:
        • W. Astudillo: Astudillo flied out to deep left
        • E. Adrianza: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Adrianza struck out swinging
        • G. Petit: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Petit struck out swinging
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • J. Berrios Pitching:
        • Y. Sanchez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Sanchez struck out looking
        • L. Garcia: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Garcia struck out looking
        • A. Garcia: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Garcia struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • R. Lopez Pitching:
        • J. Mauer: Strike looking, Mauer reached on an infield single to second
        • J. Polanco: Strike looking, Ball, Polanco fouled out to catcher
        • J. Cave: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Ball, Cave doubled to deep right center, Mauer to third
        • R. Grossman: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Grossman walked
        • T. Austin: Strike looking, Austin grounded out to second, Mauer scored, Cave to third, Grossman to second
        • M. Kepler: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Kepler lined out to center
        • End of the 1st (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)