Twins' Berrios Leads in Win vs. Cardinals

Minnesota bounces back to win 4-1

Sloane Martin
May 16, 2018 - 5:36 am

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Right-handed pitcher Jose Berrios has a high ceiling, but the last four starts put up an earned-run average over 8. Tuesday night, the curveball that lost its way for a couple weeks was sharp and helped him strike out ten St. Louis Cardinals at Target Field in the team's 4-1 win, ending a two-game slide.

In 7 1/3 innings, the 23-year-old induced 16 swinging strikes overall, about half of which came from the curveball. He surrendered one run on two hits.

“The reality is I wasn’t happy with those last four starts and my mindset wasn’t right,” Berrios said. “I came back to the basics and I worked hard for this outing and the result was there.”

Backup catcher Bobby Wilson, 35, who spent all of 2017 in Triple-A in the Dodgers' system, belted a two-run home run in a three-run seventh inning.

“He’s been around, he’s going to take a good at-bat,” manager Paul Molitor said. “We saw that when he got a big sac fly in another game. He knows how to get runs in from third. He just stayed back and let an offspeed pitch travel enough to hit it out.”

Closer Fernando Rodney picked up his eighth save in his last 11 attempts with a clean ninth inning.

The Twins have outscored the Cardinals in the interleague series 17-2 combined going back to last week's two-game series.

The second game of this two-game set against St. Louis gets underway on WCCO Radio at 12:10 p.m. with pregame coverage starting at 11:30. Lance Lynn takes the mound against his former team looking to lower his 7.34 ERA against Miles Mikolas who's 5-0.