Jose Berrios Sharp, Trevor Hildenberger Clutch as Minnesota Twins Beat Detroit Tigers 6-4
By ANDRES YBARRA Associated Press
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Jose Berrios calls himself "a normal guy," and his teammates describe him as "humble."
"I'm feeling proud, but not like the way, 'Oh, I'm the guy,'" Berrios said.
Two standing ovations in two home games suggest he very much is "the guy."
Minnesota's ace pitched into the seventh inning for his first win since opening day, Trevor Hildenberger struck out two with the bases loaded for his first save and the Twins beat the Detroit Tigers 6-4 Sunday to complete a two-game sweep.
Berrios didn't dominate like the last time he pitched at home, when he set a club record with 10 strikeouts. He watched a two-run lead evaporate when Gordon Beckham's two-run shot made it 2-2 in the second.
But the young righty went back to his fastball and changeup, retired 11 straight and 15 of his last 17. He yielded four hits with one walk and seven strikeouts through 6 2/3 innings before being lifted for Trevor May.
"The way that we adjusted shows that he's a good pitcher, and he can adjust and make those changes when he needs to," catcher Mitch Garver said.
C.J. Cron homered and drove in three, and Eddie Rosario was a triple short of the cycle for the Twins, who have won three of four. Cron's two-run shot in the third off starter Jordan Zimmermann (0-2) was one of seven extra-base hits for Minnesota.
The Tigers wasted two late based-loaded chances.
In the eighth, May was pulled for Taylor Rogers after Stewart's no-out double scored Jeimer Candelario to make it 6-3. Greiner legged out an infield RBI single, and Rogers hit Dustin Peterson to load the bases for Ronny Rodriguez with one out. Rodriguez popped out to first, and Beckham struck out swinging.
Blake Parker loaded the bases with one out in the ninth, but Hildenberger came on and got John Hicks and Grayson Greiner swinging.
"We had some good at-bats, but we needed one more hit," Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire said.
It didn't take Minnesota long to retake the lead after Beckham's homer. Garver led off the second with a double to left and came around to score when Byron Buxton followed with a double of his own to the same spot.
In the third, Rosario doubled and Cron followed with a liner to the left field seats for his first homer as a Twin. Zimmermann made it out of the inning, but Daniel Norris came out for the fourth and threw three scoreless innings before Rosario chased him with a solo shot in the seventh.
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