Mauer Collects 2000th Hit, Leads Twins to Another Win
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Joe Mauer got his 2,000th career hit at home on Thursday night, and just as importantly for Mauer, it came in a Twins victory.
Mauer had two hits and three RBIs, and Jose Berrios struck out 11 in seven innings for Minnesota in a 4-0 win against the Chicago White Sox.
"Leading up to it, I didn't try to make a big deal of it, to be honest," Mauer said. "When I got up there the at-bat before, the fans started to get into it. It put some more adrenaline in my system there. It was a special moment, especially coming off a tough lefty and driving in a couple runs, too."
Mauer became the third Twins player (joining Rod Carew and Kirby Puckett), and the 12th active player, to reach 2,000 hits. He's one of 287 players in history to reach the mark.
"You do the math of the percentage of players who are in that category versus the people who have had a chance to put the uniform on and it's fairly low," said Minnesota manager Paul Molitor, a member of the 3,000-hit club. "You start finding yourself in categories and rising into areas that few people get a chance to experience."
Berrios (2-1) tied his career high for strikeouts and allowed just three hits for the second time in three starts this season. The right-hander is 4-1 with a 1.67 ERA in five starts against Chicago.
Lucas Giolito (0-2) pitched 6 1/3 innings for the White Sox, giving up four runs, three earned, and five hits with five walks. He struck out three.
Chicago has lost eight of its past 10 games.