Berrios turns in strong last start for Twins in sweep of Sox

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

Berrios became the first Twins pitcher in eight years to reach 200 strikeouts, throwing seven smooth innings in a 2-1 victory over the Chicago White Sox in the first game of a doubleheader before Mitch Garver's career-high six RBIs fueled a 12-4 victory for the sweep on Friday night.

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) prior to that in 2007.

''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 (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.''

The Twins are 16th in the major leagues in strikeouts, after finishing next-to-last in 2017. From 2011 through 2015, they were last.

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 lacked 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 in the opener for the White Sox, save for matching his season high with five walks over six innings. Tyler Austin's RBI groundout in the first and Willians Astudillo's sacrifice fly in the sixth were all the Twins needed to take a game that was originally scheduled for the mid-April weekend when they had three straight games postponed by a snowstorm.

Joe Mauer, facing an offseason decision about whether or not to retire at age 35, went 2 for 4 in each game and is batting .362 (21 for 58) 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 47-32 at home. They're 28-12 since June 24, the fifth-best record in MLB in that span.

The White Sox, who fell to 8-17 in September, would lose 100 games for the first time since 1970 if they don't win Saturday or Sunday. They were 63-99 in 2013.

NIGHT MOVES

Garver went 4 for 5 with doubles to fuel Twins starter Chase DeJong (1-1) in his first major league victory with six strong innings, despite solo home runs by Jose Rondon and Kevan Smith. Robbie Grossman went 2 for 4 with three RBIs for the Twins.

Lucas Giolito (10-13) gave up seven runs in 1 1/3 innings for the White Sox, pushing his MLB-worst ERA to 6.13. Hector Santiago threw 97 pitches in relief, allowing seven hits, two walks and one hit batter in 4 2/3 innings.

''This leaves a bad taste in my mouth,'' Giolito said. ''Definitely a lot to work on in the offseason.''

WHIFFING WHITIES

The White Sox struck out 18 times during the doubleheader, raising their season total to an MLB-most 1,570. That's also only one less than the all-time record last year by the Milwaukee Brewers. Yoan Moncada has the team lead with 215, followed by Davidson with 162.

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, 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 Hennepin County Medical Center staff for his care, Renteria sent popcorn and donated 200 tickets to children being treated at the facility.

TRAINER'S ROOM

White Sox: LF Nicky Delmonico, who hurt his shoulder on Tuesday, was a late addition to the second-game lineup in place of Adam Engel.

Twins: Garver made his first start in 17 games in the nightcap, after recovering from concussion symptoms.

''Peace of mind for myself and for the people that care about me,'' Garver said.

UP NEXT

White Sox: LHP Carlos Rodon (6-7, 3.61 ERA) will pitch in the third game of the series.

Twins: RHP Kyle Gibson (9-13, 3.68 ERA) will start on Saturday night.

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  • W: C. De Jong (1-1)L: L. Giolito (10-13)
  • HR: CHW - K. Smith (3), J. Rondon (6)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
Y. Moncada 2B41100111.233.311.394.7053.5
Y. Sanchez 3B41110011.245.309.377.6874.5
D. Palka RF30110121.237.290.483.7732.0
M. Davidson 1B30000012.230.322.424.7460.5
O. Narvaez DH40200002.272.364.427.7902.0
K. Smith C41111024.290.342.379.7215.0
N. Delmonico LF40100001.217.300.380.6801.0
J. Rondon SS41111002.237.288.485.7736.0
R. Cordell CF40000001.067.094.167.2600.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    J. Mauer DH42200112.280.349.377.7264.5
    G. Petit PR-DH10000000.246.313.279.5920.0
    J. Polanco SS42110132.286.343.429.7713.5
    a- C. Gimenez PH-3B10000010.214.258.339.597-0.5
    J. Cave CF43200115.269.319.473.7926.5
    R. Grossman LF41230013.277.368.390.7585.5
    J. Field LF10100000.217.250.396.6462.0
    M. Garver 1B51460002.268.336.416.75213.0
    M. Kepler RF40120014.222.318.400.7183.5
    L. Forsythe 2B30000223.230.311.290.6011.0
    E. Adrianza 3B-SS41000105.251.301.379.6804.0
    J. Graterol C42100101.400.500.400.9004.0
    • a-struck out for Polanco in the 8th
    BATTING
    • 2B - Y. Moncada (29)
    • 3B - Y. Sanchez (10)
    • HR - K. Smith (3), J. Rondon (6)
    • RBI - Y. Sanchez (54), D. Palka (67), K. Smith (21), J. Rondon (14)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - Y. Moncada (62), M. Davidson 2 (48), K. Smith (16), J. Rondon (11)
    BATTING
    • 2B - J. Cave (16), J. Field (12), M. Garver 2 (19)
    • RBI - J. Polanco (41), R. Grossman 3 (48), M. Garver 6 (45), M. Kepler 2 (56)
    • 2-Out RBI - R. Grossman (24), M. Garver 5 (18), M. Kepler (21)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Polanco (18), L. Forsythe (12), E. Adrianza 3 (46)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - E. Adrianza (5)
    FIELDING
    • E - Y. Moncada (20)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    L. Giolito (L, 10-13)1.15774206.131.48-17.0
    H. Santiago4.27442704.501.592.5
    R. Scahill2.02111105.401.602.5
    PITCHERSIP
    L. Giolito (L, 10-13)1.1
    H. Santiago4.2
    R. Scahill2.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    C. De Jong (W, 1-1)6.04221423.571.3623.0
    O. Drake1.01000105.401.462.5
    A. Vasquez1.02221106.751.75-1.5
    A. Slegers1.01000105.271.392.5
    PITCHERSIP
    C. De Jong (W, 1-1)6.0
    O. Drake1.0
    A. Vasquez1.0
    A. Slegers1.0
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - L. Giolito 56-25, H. Santiago 97-66, R. Scahill 25-15
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - L. Giolito 3-2, H. Santiago 6-4, R. Scahill 5-0
    • Batters Faced - L. Giolito 13, H. Santiago 25, R. Scahill 9
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - C. De Jong 74-47, O. Drake 16-12, A. Vasquez 18-10, A. Slegers 20-14
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. De Jong 1-6, O. Drake 2-0, A. Vasquez 2-0, A. Slegers 2-1
    • Batters Faced - C. De Jong 22, O. Drake 4, A. Vasquez 7, A. Slegers 4
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    Y. Moncada 2B41100111.233.311.394.7053.5
    Y. Sanchez 3B41110011.245.309.377.6874.5
    D. Palka RF30110121.237.290.483.7732.0
    M. Davidson 1B30000012.230.322.424.7460.5
    O. Narvaez DH40200002.272.364.427.7902.0
    K. Smith C41111024.290.342.379.7215.0
    N. Delmonico LF40100001.217.300.380.6801.0
    J. Rondon SS41111002.237.288.485.7736.0
    R. Cordell CF40000001.067.094.167.2600.0
    Total3448422715-----
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      J. Mauer DH42200112.280.349.377.7264.5
      G. Petit PR-DH10000000.246.313.279.5920.0
      J. Polanco SS42110132.286.343.429.7713.5
      a- C. Gimenez PH-3B10000010.214.258.339.597-0.5
      J. Cave CF43200115.269.319.473.7926.5
      R. Grossman LF41230013.277.368.390.7585.5
      J. Field LF10100000.217.250.396.6462.0
      M. Garver 1B51460002.268.336.416.75213.0
      M. Kepler RF40120014.222.318.400.7183.5
      L. Forsythe 2B30000223.230.311.290.6011.0
      E. Adrianza 3B-SS41000105.251.301.379.6804.0
      J. Graterol C42100101.400.500.400.9004.0
      Total39121412071027-----
      • a-struck out for Polanco in the 8th
      BATTING
      • 2B - Y. Moncada (29)
      • 3B - Y. Sanchez (10)
      • HR - K. Smith (3), J. Rondon (6)
      • RBI - Y. Sanchez (54), D. Palka (67), K. Smith (21), J. Rondon (14)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - Y. Moncada (62), M. Davidson 2 (48), K. Smith (16), J. Rondon (11)
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Cave (16), J. Field (12), M. Garver 2 (19)
      • RBI - J. Polanco (41), R. Grossman 3 (48), M. Garver 6 (45), M. Kepler 2 (56)
      • 2-Out RBI - R. Grossman (24), M. Garver 5 (18), M. Kepler (21)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Polanco (18), L. Forsythe (12), E. Adrianza 3 (46)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - E. Adrianza (5)
      FIELDING
      • E - Y. Moncada (20)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      L. Giolito (L, 10-13)1.15774206.131.48-17.0
      H. Santiago4.27442704.501.592.5
      R. Scahill2.02111105.401.602.5
      Total8.01412127100---
      PITCHERSIP
      L. Giolito (L, 10-13)1.1
      H. Santiago4.2
      R. Scahill2.0
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. De Jong (W, 1-1)6.04221423.571.3623.0
      O. Drake1.01000105.401.462.5
      A. Vasquez1.02221106.751.75-1.5
      A. Slegers1.01000105.271.392.5
      Total9.0844272---
      PITCHERSIP
      C. De Jong (W, 1-1)6.0
      O. Drake1.0
      A. Vasquez1.0
      A. Slegers1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - L. Giolito 56-25, H. Santiago 97-66, R. Scahill 25-15
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - L. Giolito 3-2, H. Santiago 6-4, R. Scahill 5-0
      • Batters Faced - L. Giolito 13, H. Santiago 25, R. Scahill 9
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. De Jong 74-47, O. Drake 16-12, A. Vasquez 18-10, A. Slegers 20-14
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. De Jong 1-6, O. Drake 2-0, A. Vasquez 2-0, A. Slegers 2-1
      • Batters Faced - C. De Jong 22, O. Drake 4, A. Vasquez 7, A. Slegers 4
      • 8TH INNING
        Palka singled to left, Sanchez scored412
        Sanchez tripled to deep center, Moncada scored312
      • 7TH INNING
        Kepler grounded out to second, Cave scored, Field to third212
      • 5TH INNING
        Garver singled to center, Cave scored211
        Smith homered to left center210
      • 3RD INNING
        Garver singled to deep left, Cave and Grossman scored110
        Grossman singled to left, Graterol scored, Cave to second18
        Rondon homered to left center17
      • 2ND INNING
        Garver doubled to deep right, Polanco scored, Grossman to third07
        Grossman singled to left, Graterol and Mauer scored, Polanco to second06
        Polanco walked, Adrianza scored, Graterol to third, Mauer to second04
      • 1ST INNING
        Kepler singled to left, Garver scored03
        Garver doubled to deep right, Mauer and Polanco scored02
      • 9TH INNING
        • Aaron Slegers relieved Andrew Vasquez
        • N. Delmonico: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Delmonico singled to shallow left
        • J. Rondon: Strike looking, Rondon grounded out to third, Delmonico to second
        • R. Cordell: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Cordell flied out to deep center
        • Y. Moncada: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Moncada struck out looking
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Andrew Vasquez relieved Oliver Drake
        • R. Cordell: Ball, Ball, Cordell lined out to right
        • Y. Moncada: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ball, Ball, Moncada walked
        • Y. Sanchez: Strike looking, Sanchez tripled to deep center, Moncada scored
        • D. Palka: Palka singled to left, Sanchez scored
        • M. Davidson: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Davidson hit by pitch, Palka to second
        • O. Narvaez: Narvaez reached on fielder's choice to first, Palka to third, Davidson out at second
        • K. Smith: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Smith struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 8th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • R. Scahill Pitching:
        • J. Graterol: Ball, Graterol grounded out to third
        • G. Petit: Petit fouled out to third
        • Chris Gimenez hit for Jorge Polanco
        • C. Gimenez: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Gimenez struck out looking
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • Oliver Drake relieved Chase De Jong
        • Johnny Field in left field
        • O. Narvaez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Narvaez singled to left
        • K. Smith: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Smith struck out swinging
        • N. Delmonico: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Delmonico grounded out to pitcher, Narvaez to second
        • J. Rondon: Strike swinging, Rondon grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Rob Scahill relieved Hector Santiago
        • J. Cave: Ball, Ball, Cave reached on an infield single to second
        • J. Field: Ball, Field doubled to left, Cave to third
        • M. Garver: Ball, Foul, Foul, Garver grounded out to first
        • M. Kepler: Strike looking, Kepler grounded out to second, Cave scored, Field to third
        • L. Forsythe: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Forsythe walked
        • E. Adrianza: Adrianza lined out to left
        • End of the 7th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • C. De Jong Pitching:
        • Y. Moncada: Ball, Moncada doubled to deep right
        • Y. Sanchez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Sanchez lined out to first
        • D. Palka: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Palka struck out swinging
        • M. Davidson: Davidson lined out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • H. Santiago Pitching:
        • E. Adrianza: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Adrianza grounded out to second
        • J. Graterol: Ball, Foul, Graterol grounded out to third
        • J. Mauer: Mauer singled to center
        • Gregorio Petit ran for Joe Mauer
        • J. Polanco: Strike swinging, Petit to second on balk, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Polanco struck out swinging
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • C. De Jong Pitching:
        • K. Smith: Smith homered to left center
        • N. Delmonico: Ball, Delmonico flied out to deep center
        • J. Rondon: Strike looking, Rondon lined out to right
        • R. Cordell: Ball, Cordell popped out to second
        • Middle of the 5th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • H. Santiago Pitching:
        • J. Polanco: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Polanco struck out looking
        • J. Cave: Cave doubled to center
        • R. Grossman: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul tip, Grossman struck out on foul tip
        • M. Garver: Strike looking, Foul, Garver singled to center, Cave scored
        • M. Kepler: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Kepler hit by pitch, Garver to second
        • L. Forsythe: Forsythe flied out to right
        • End of the 5th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • C. De Jong Pitching:
        • D. Palka: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Palka struck out swinging
        • M. Davidson: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Davidson popped out to shortstop
        • O. Narvaez: Strike looking, Narvaez lined out to right
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • H. Santiago Pitching:
        • L. Forsythe: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Forsythe struck out looking
        • E. Adrianza: Adrianza safe at first on 2nd baseman Moncada fielding error
        • J. Graterol: Strike looking, Graterol flied out to deep center
        • J. Mauer: Foul, Ball, Mauer grounded out to first
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
      • 3RD INNING
        • C. De Jong Pitching:
        • J. Rondon: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Rondon homered to left center
        • R. Cordell: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Cordell flied out to center
        • Y. Moncada: Ball, Ball, Moncada flied out to deep left
        • Y. Sanchez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Sanchez flied out to center
        • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • H. Santiago Pitching:
        • J. Graterol: Foul, Foul, Graterol singled to right
        • J. Mauer: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Mauer struck out on foul tip
        • J. Polanco: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Polanco struck out swinging
        • J. Cave: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Cave walked, Graterol to second
        • R. Grossman: Ball, Grossman singled to left, Graterol scored, Cave to second
        • M. Garver: Cave to third, Grossman to second on balk, Garver singled to deep left, Cave and Grossman scored
        • M. Kepler: Strike looking, Kepler grounded out to second
        • End of the 3rd (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • C. De Jong Pitching:
        • O. Narvaez: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Narvaez singled to center
        • K. Smith: Smith grounded out to second, Narvaez out at second
        • N. Delmonico: Foul, Delmonico popped out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • L. Giolito Pitching:
        • E. Adrianza: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Adrianza walked
        • J. Graterol: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Adrianza to third on wild pitch, Ball, Graterol walked
        • J. Mauer: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Mauer walked, Graterol to second
        • J. Polanco: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Polanco walked, Adrianza scored, Graterol to third, Mauer to second
        • J. Cave: Cave flied out to left
        • R. Grossman: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Grossman singled to left, Graterol and Mauer scored, Polanco to second
        • Hector Santiago relieved Lucas Giolito
        • M. Garver: Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt to second, Garver doubled to deep right, Polanco scored, Grossman to third
        • M. Kepler: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Kepler struck out looking
        • L. Forsythe: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Forsythe walked
        • E. Adrianza: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Adrianza flied out to deep center
        • End of the 2nd (4 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • C. De Jong Pitching:
        • Y. Moncada: Foul, Ball, Moncada lined out to center
        • Y. Sanchez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Sanchez struck out swinging
        • D. Palka: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Palka walked
        • M. Davidson: Strike looking, Ball, Palka to second on wild pitch, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Davidson struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • L. Giolito Pitching:
        • J. Mauer: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Mauer singled to center
        • J. Polanco: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Polanco singled to left, Mauer to second
        • J. Cave: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Cave struck out looking
        • R. Grossman: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Mauer to third, Polanco to second on wild pitch, Grossman grounded out to pitcher
        • M. Garver: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Garver doubled to deep right, Mauer and Polanco scored
        • M. Kepler: Kepler singled to left, Garver scored
        • L. Forsythe: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Forsythe struck out looking
        • End of the 1st (3 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)