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Berrios falls again in Twins' loss at Texas

Twins announce Byron Buxton won't be recalled

September 02, 2018 - 7:42 am

   ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Adrian Beltre hit his 470th career homer after 23-year-old sluggers Nomar Mazara and Ronald Guzman went deep, helping the Rangers stop a five-game losing streak with a 7-4 victory over the Twins on Saturday night.

   Jose Berrios (11-10) struck out six in four innings, but all three hits he allowed were homers. He gave up five runs. The right-hander hasn't won since Aug. 4.

   "As a competitor, nobody wants to finish the season the way my few games have been," Berrios said through a translator. "Let's just keep looking forward and get ready for the next game."

   Beltre's homer leading off the fourth was the four-time All-Star's eighth of the season and hit No. 3,143 for his career, breaking a tie with Robin Yount for 17th on the career list.

   Yovani Gallardo (8-3) ended a streak of three winless starts, giving up six hits and three runs in five innings. Jose Leclerc struck out two in a perfect ninth for his eighth save in 12 opportunities.

   Jake Cave homered for the second straight game for the Twins - the rookie's ninth of the year - and doubled and scored twice. Logan Forsythe had three hits and an RBI.

   The Twins announced late Saturday that outfielder Byron Buxton won't be recalled to the majors this month. Buxton also won't play the last two games of the season for Triple A Rochester, where he's played since being demoted in May.

   Buxton has been hampered by injuries all season, and batted just .156 in 28 games for the Twins. General manger Thad Levine told mlb.com that they want Buxton healthy going into the 2019 season.

   The move gives the Twins more control over Buxton, who could have become a free agent in 2021 had he stayed with the team for 13 days in September.

   "We wouldn't been doing our jobs if we weren't at least aware of service time impacts on decisions we make," said Levine. "Now, in terms of conversations with his agent. Displeased, disappointed for sure. Their recourse has not been laid out to us."

   The Twins added catcher Chris Gimenez, outfielder Johnny Field and pitchers Andrew Vasquez and Tyler Duffey from Triple-A Rochester for the Sept. 1 roster expansion. ... The Rangers added lefty reliever Zac Curtis, who was claimed on waivers from Philadelphia in August.

   The Twins plan to use lefty reliever Gabriel Moya (3-0, 4.73 ERA) as the starter in the series finale. Manager Paul Molitor said Zack Littell, who has been with Triple-A Rochester since early July, likely will be used as the next pitcher.

   It would be the 23-year-old Moya's first career start after 31 relief appearances over two seasons.

    Rangers left-handerYohander Mendez (0-1, 14.73) is set for his second career start after getting sent to the minors for violating team rules in June.