Jose Berrios pitched eight strong innings, Logan Morrison drew a bases-loaded walk to bring in the go-ahead run, and the host Minnesota Twins defeated the Detroit Tigers 4-2 at Target Field on Monday night.
Berrios (5-4) held the Tigers to two runs on three hits in eight innings while walking two and striking out nine. He didn’t allow a hit after the third inning. Fernando Rodney collected his 10th save.
Max Kepler had a two-run double to lead the offense. Robbie Grossman scored a run and knocked in another.
Nicholas Castellanos led the Tigers with a solo homer and run-scoring single.
Blaine Hardy, making his second major-league start, allowed two runs on seven hits in five innings. He struck out four while not walking a batter.
Eduardo Escobar drew a one-walk in the eighth against Daniel Stumpf (1-3). He advanced to third on Eddie Rosario’s double. Following an intentional walk, Stumpf walked Morrison on four pitches to give Minnesota a 3-2 lead. Grossman’s sacrifice fly off Warwick Saupold provided the Twins with an insurance run.
Castellanos gave the Tigers a quick lead with his one-out homer in the first. His fifth long ball of the season sailed over the center-field wall.
Detroit made it 2-0 in the third. Jose Iglesias led off with a double and Dixon Machado walked before Leonys Martin hit into a 6-4-3 double play. Castellanos then smacked a single to center, bringing Iglesias home.
The Twins were held in check until the fifth, when they broke through with two runs. Hardy retired two batters after Grossman reached on a leadoff single. Brian Dozier then ripped a double, putting two runners in scoring position.
Kepler followed with another double to right, tying the score at 2-all. Eduardo Escobar appeared to give the Twins a 3-2 advantage when he followed with a single to left to bring home Kepler. After replay review, the call was overturned and Kepler was ruled out at the plate.
Minnesota had a runner on third with two out in the seventh but reliever Louis Coleman retired Dozier on a groundout.
—Field Level Media