Jose Berrios leads Minnesota Twins to sweep of Detroit Tigers
|Toronto Star 14 Apr 2019 at 19:02|
MINNEAPOLISâJose Berrios calls himself âa normal guy,â and his teammates describe him as âhumble.â
âIâm feeling proud, but not like the way, âOh, Iâm the guy,ââ Berrios said.
Eddie Rosarioof the Minnesota Twins rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run as Detroit Tigers pitcher Daniel Norris looks on Sunday at Target Field in Minneapolis. The Twins defeated the Tigers, 6-4.Â Â (Hannah Foslien / Tribune News Service)
Two standing ovations in two home games suggest he very much is âthe guy.â
Minnesotaâs 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.
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.
âThe way that we adjusted shows that heâs a good pitcher, and he can adjust and make those changes when he needs to,â 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. Cronâs 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 bases-loaded chances.
In the eighth, May was pulled for Taylor Rogers after Stewartâs 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.
âWe had some good at-bats, but we needed one more hit,â Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire said.
It didnât take Minnesota long to retake the lead after Beckhamâs 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.