Trail­ing 5-0, Twins rally to beat Rangers

Rain de­lay helps turn game around as Texas doesn’t score after 5-run 1st.

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS - By Jon Krawczyn­ski

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.

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