MINNEAPOLIS – The day after one of their ugliest losses of the season, the Minnesota Twins turned to ace-in-training Jose Berrios for a quick turnaround.
Eduardo Escobar and Eddie Rosario added yet another pick-me-up dose of hustle and muscle, too.
Berrios pitched a six-hitter for his second complete game this season, and the Twins hit three home runs against James Shields in a 7-2 victory over the White Sox on Thursday afternoon.
Berrios (7-5) retired his first 14 batters before Omar Narvarez’s double. By that time, the 23-year-old right-hander already had a 7-0 lead.
Escobar hit a two-run homer after a double by Rosario in the first against Shields (1-7), who has not won in 12 starts since opening day. Ehire Adrianza added a solo shot in the second inning. Then right after Brian Dozier’s two-out RBI single in the fourth through a shift-created hole at second base, Rosario turned on an 86-mph cut fastball on the inside corner from Shields for a three-run drive just inside the right-field foul pole.
“It was right down the middle, up in the zone,” Shields said, shaking his head about the gopher balls. “They’re good hitters over there, and they took advantage of it. I’ve got to minimize those pitches right there and kind of know the situation a little bit better.”
Yoan Moncada, who struck out
four times Tuesday, hit an RBI double with one out in the sixth inning before Jose Abreu did the same with two outs.
Shields gave up all seven runs, matching a season high, and eight hits in six innings. He struck out six and walked two. Shields is 0-5 with a
6.60 ERA in his past five starts at Target Field, where he has allowed 13 home runs in 12 starts, the most by a visitor since the ballpark opened nine seasons ago.
“I know he got into trouble,” manager Rick Renteria said. “But boy, I tell you what, he kept grinding, ate up some innings, saved our ’pen.”
Testing, testing: Narvarez was thrown out at home by Rosario from left field ending the fifth when he tried to score on Jose Rondon’s single. The backup catcher was thrown out in the seventh by right fielder Robbie Grossman trying to stretch a single to a double. The Twins have seven outfield assists in their past 14 games.
Cedeno arrives: The Sox sent
left-handed pitcher Aaron Bummer to Triple-A Charlotte so he could get more work and promoted left-handed pitcher Xavier Cedeno to take his spot in the bullpen. The 31-year-old Cedeno joined his fourth major league team, pitching a scoreless seventh.
Sox: Shortstop Tim Anderson, hitting .295 with eight extra-base hits and 13 RBIs in his past 12 games, had the day off so Rondon could see some action.
Twins: First baseman Logan Morrison returned to the lineup after back stiffness kept him on the bench for three straight games. He doubled in the first inning.
Sox: Right-handed pticher Dylan Covey (1-1, 2.82 ERA) pitches Friday night to start a three-game series in Boston against former teammate left-handed pitcher Chris Sale (5-3, 3.00 ERA) and the Red Sox. Left-handed pitcher Carlos Rodon is expected to come off the DL to make his season debut on Saturday, but Renteria declined again to confirm that.
Twins: Right-handed pitcher Lance Lynn (4-4, 5.46 ERA) starts Friday night in the lid-lifter on a three-game series with the Los Angeles Angels, who will send right-handed pticher Garrett Richards (4-4, 3.25 ERA) to the mound.