Trailing 5-0, Twins rally to beat Rangers
Rain delay helps turn game around as Texas doesn’t score after 5-run 1st.
Most starting pitchers loathe rain delays, concerned that the long break can cool them down to the point where their managers pull the plug on the outing altogether.
The timing of the shower Sunday could not have been better for Jose Berrios and the Minnesota Twins. Berrios rebounded from a five-run first inning to get through five and Brian Dozier, Max Kepler and Eddie Rosario homered to help the Twins beat the Texas Rangers 6-5.
“It wasn’t a common day,” Berrios (10-5) said through an interpreter after giving up five runs on six hits and striking out six. “I just had to pick it up. I knew
I didn’t put pitches where I wanted to. Two bad pitches. After that it was fine.”
Trevor Hildenberger threw two innings of scoreless relief and Robbie Grossman drove in the go-ahead run for the Twins, who were missing slugger Miguel Sano for the second straight game because of a sore left hand.
Adrian Beltre hit his 455th career homer and Joey Gallo also went deep for the Rangers, who were shut out after a five-run first inning. Nick Martinez gave up five runs on five hits with five strikeouts and two walks in a game that was delayed 32 minutes by rain in the second inning. Martinez pitched four innings.
Matt Belisle picked up his first save since 2012 in the Twins’ first save situation since All-Star closer Brandon Kintzler was traded to Washington before the deadline.
Beltre, who became the 31st player in baseball history to reach 3,000 career hits last week, hit a three-run homer to open the scoring in the first. He had a scare when he was leaning over the dugout fence in the third inning and was hit in the back of the head by a foul ball off of the bat of teammate Mike Napoli.
Beltre, who was the DH on Sunday, passed tests in the concussion protocol, took a few swings in the batting cage and did not miss an at-bat.
“I’m a hard-headed guy. I’m pretty sure you guys know by now,” Beltre said. “I didn’t know what to expect. It hit me pretty good, but I was fine.”
Elvis Andrus had three hits, including two doubles, for Texas.
Size matters: Gallo’s tworun shot landed on the plaza behind the right field stands, a huge blast that drew raised eyebrows when Twins senior director of communications Dustin Morse estimated the distance at 438 feet.
The Twins communications staff has long taken pride in estimating the length of home runs at Target Field, even after the computerized statcast system has taken over.
When Kepler hit a home run in the second inning that clearly did not travel as far as Gallo’s, Morse cheekily announced to the press box that it went 439 feet. He quickly said that he was kidding and delivered an estimate of 410 feet.
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Adrian Beltre hit the 455th home run of his career in the loss.
Rangers starting pitcher Nick Martinez gave up five runs in his four innings Sunday against the Twins.