Berrios dazzles as Twins salvage doubleheader split


Minnesota Twins' Joe Mauer rears back on a close pitch from Colorado Rockies' Tyler Chatwood, drawing a walk in the first inning during the second game of a baseball doubleheader, Thursday, May 18, 2017, in Minneapolis.

Nolan Arenado homered, and German Marquez (2-2) pitched five innings and allowed one run for the Rockies in the first game. Twins fans simply aren't accustomed to seeing the type of performance they got from Berrios in Minnesota's 2-0 victory over the NL West-leading Rockies.

Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman (5) has his hand examined by trainer Jim Lovell after he was hit by a pitch from Toronto Blue Jays relief pitcher Aaron Loup (62) in the fifth inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, . And if Thursday night is any indication, he doesn't want to just stick but he wants to make an impact on this team and league.

Blackmon added another run with an RBI single in the fourth, his second hit of the game. "So I felt like I sort of kept us in the game". "I kind of anticipated that it was going to happen".

Greg Holland finished his 18th save in as many chances by striking out Brian Dozier after two runners reached with two outs against reliever Mike Dunn. Charlie Blackmon delivered the biggest blow of the inning, as his two-run homer gave the Rockies a four-run advantage.

Starting pitcher Tyler Anderson of the Colorado Rockies throws in the sixth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Coors Field on May 13, 2017 in Denver.

Marquez, one of three rookies now in the rotation, stretched his scoreless streak to 15 straight innings until a triple by Eddie Rosario led to the only run.

Santana was one strike from finishing a ideal first inning before Arenado belted a full-count fastball into the second deck above left field for his 10th homer.

On Thursday, Berrios held the Rockies hitless through four innings while walking one batter. After that, Santana allowed one more run but retired nine of last 10 batters he faced.

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. Ian Desmond followed with an RBI single, but Reynolds was thrown out at home by Minnesota right fielder Max Kepler.

Rockies SS Trevor Story, placed on the 10-day DL a week ago with a strained left shoulder, took batting practice before the game and was dispatched to a rehab assignment with Triple-A Albuquerque. Black was noncommittal for Monday, when the team will play at Philadelphia, but Jeff Hoffman could be recalled from Triple-A for that game.

Arenado gave Marquez an early lead with his 10th homer this season, a first-inning shot to the second deck in left field. The end result was downright ugly: 14 starts, an 8.02 ERA and a 1.87 WHIP, with the Twins going 3-11 in those games.

The Rockies next head to Cincinnati for a weekend series beginning on Friday.