Berrios’ gem, Rosario’s 2 HRs fuel Twins’ win 31 Aug 17

MINNEAPOLIS — Right-hander Jose Berrios pitched a gem to help push the Twins past the White Sox, 11-1, on Wednesday night at Target Field. Minnesota’s third straight victory pulled it within one game of the Yankees for the first American League Wild Card spot.

The Twins are one game ahead of the Angels for the second Wild Card spot, while the Orioles are 1 1/2 back.

Berrios, who faced Chicago for the second straight outing, tossed seven scoreless innings and allowed just four hits. Berrios matched his career high with 11 strikeouts and had one walk, while lowering his ERA to 3.80. Berrios also struck out 11 on May 18 against Colorado.

“It was a really good game,” Twins manager Paul Molitor said. “I thought Jose threw one of his better games. He’s had some impressive ones along the way, but when you look at the command and strikeouts, he seemed to get stronger.”

Eddie Rosario supported Berrios’ gem with a pair of home runs — a two-run homer in the third and a solo shot in the seventh. It was the 10th multi-homer game of the season by a Twin, and the third for Rosario. Ehire Adrianza went 3-for-5 with four RBIs, Brian Doziercollected four hits, matching his career high, and Mitch Garver went 3-for-4, a homer shy of the cycle.

White Sox left-hander Derek Holland gave up five runs, taking his 14th loss. He allowed eight hits across five innings, struck out four and walked four. Avisail Garcia (3-for-4 with a triple) notched half of the four hits off Berrios with a pair of singles.

“Have to give these guys credit, they are a good ballclub and in the Wild Card,” Holland said. “You have to continue to battle against these guys. After just seeing them six days ago, they made some adjustments, and I didn’t quite make my adjustments when I needed to.”