Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

LEADING OFF: Miami on road after home flop, Rox-Twins play 2

LEADING OFF: Miami on road after home flop, Rox-Twins play 2

The second game of the doubleheader (scheduled to start at 6:10 p.m. CT/5:10 p.m. MT) has Tyler Chatwood (3-5, 5.25 ERA) starting for Colorado while Jose Berrios will get his second start of the season. "It just looked mechanically just a little bit out of sync as far as maybe coming down the mound a little bit".

Minnesota Twins pitcher Ervin Santana came into this game with a 6-1 record and an ERA you'd need a magnifying glass to see at 1.50. Mark Reynolds added a two-run single as the Rockies tied for second in the majors with their 13th road win of the season.

Colorado is winning games, even on the road, and believes this success can last through the whole season. After shutting down quality-hitting teams in the Indians and Rockies, Berrios looks like he has no plans of returning to the minors. He gave up only two hits and didn't walk a batter until pinch-hitter Tony Wolters drew a pass with two outs in the eighth inning, ending his night.

Berrios controlled his fastball and displayed a devastating slider to keep Colorado off-balance. Gerardo Parra had Colorado's first hit to lead off the fifth but was caught stealing. Chatwood, in fact, was erratic, but give him credit for hanging tough, allowing two runs in five innings, despite walking five and throwing 105 pitches, just 54 for strikes.

"I think it's just experience and he'll probably be the first to tell you", Black said Wednesday. "None of the walks scored, (and) they have been killing me all year".

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Kepler singled to center in the first to drive in Grossman, and Grossman plated Ehire Adrianza with a single in the fourth. Chatwood struggled with command throughout but was able to hold Minnesota in check.

"I kind of anticipated it was going to happen", he said.

Reynolds went 1 for 1 with two walks and drove in two runs with a bases-loaded single off Santana (6-2) to help break the open in the third inning.

Rockies shortstop Trevor Story is scheduled to take batting practice with the team Wednesday as he tries to recover from a left shoulder strain.

Berrios, utilizing a nasty curveball, manhandled the Rockies for 7 ⅔ innings, allowing Colorado two paltry singles and striking out 11, the most by any Twins pitcher this season.

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Minnesota is also in first place, but the AL Central leaders dropped to 8-11 at home.

Helping out at the plate, the Twins have a few solid hitters.

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