Berrios Puts up Best Game of His Career
CLEVELAND (AP) — Jose Berrios pitched neatly into the eighth inning in his first start of the season and the Minnesota Twins beat the Cleveland Indians 4-1 Saturday.
Max Kepler connected to give the Twins a home run in 14 straight games, their longest streak since 1988. He also had an RBI single in a three-run fourth for the AL Central leaders, who handed Cleveland its third straight loss.
Berrios (1-0), called up from Triple-A Rochester on Friday, gave up one run and two hits in 7 2/3 innings. He struck out four and walked one.
Brandon Kintzler pitched the ninth for his 10th save and third in three games.
The game was interrupted for several minutes when a squirrel ran on the field during the sixth inning.
The squirrel raced in from right field and reached the area around the pitcher's mound, forcing the umpires to halt play. The squirrel ran into foul ground and headed behind home plate, but quickly returned to fair territory.
Twins manager Paul Molitor left the dugout to speak with plate umpire C.B. Bucknor and Twins pitcher Jose Berrios threw his arms up in frustration.
Several members of the grounds crew chased the squirrel, which was cheered by the Progressive Field crowd, down the right field line before it finally hopped into the stands, allowing play to continue.
The Twins go for the sweep today and send Hector Santiago to the hill, Coverage begins at 11:30 on Newstalk 1340 KROC AM.