MINNEAPOLIS — Right-hander Jose Berrios set a career high with 11 strikeouts over 7 2/3 scoreless innings, while Robbie Grossman sparked the Twins offense to help Minnesota split a doubleheader against the Rockies with a 2-0 win on Thursday night at Target Field.
The highly regarded Berrios, making his second start of the season, was dominant for a second straight outing. The 22-year-old scattered two hits, two hit batters and a walk Thursday, and he has now allowed one run over 15 1/3 innings this year. It was the first time this season the Twins had a 10-strikeout performance and the club’s ninth dating back to 2011.
Berrios outpitched Rockies right-hander Tyler Chatwood, who was hurt by a high pitch count and five walks in his five innings of two-run ball. The Twins scored early on a two-out RBI single from Max Kepler in the first to score Grossman, who singled and stole second. Grossman added an RBI single in the fourth to score Ehire Adrianza, who had led off with a double.
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Kepler robs Parra: After Berrios plunked Ian Desmond to open the second, Gerardo Parra ripped a hard liner into right-center for what looked to be extra bases, but Kepler made a running catch in the gap to retire Parra and keep Desmond at first. Kepler needed to go 84 feet to make the catch in 4.6 seconds, giving it a catch percentage of 35 percent. It was rated as four-star play by Statcast™. It also helped Berrios, who eventually stranded Desmond at third. He had advanced on a balk and a wild pitch, but back-to-back strikeouts ended the inning.
Chatwood works out of jam: The Twins had the chance to break the game open with the bases loaded and two outs in the third, but Chatwood struck out Byron Buxton to end the threat. Buxton had been swinging the bat well in the series, but Chatwood struck him out on four pitches, culminating on a 1-2 cutter out of the strike zone.
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