Mauer Collects 2,000th Career Hit in Twins Win

Minnesota Twins' Joe Mauer doffs his cap to the crowd after the seventh inning, in which he recorded his 2,000th career hit. Photo: AP/Jim Mone
Minnesota Twins' Joe Mauer doffs his cap to the crowd after the seventh inning, in which he recorded his 2,000th career hit.

April 12, 2018 10:48 PM

Joe Mauer reached 2,000 career hits and Jose Berrios struck out 11 in seven innings and the Minnesota Twins beat the Chicago White Sox 4-0 on Thursday night.

Mauer had two hits and three RBIs for Minnesota, which has won three in a row. He became just the third Twins player, Rod Carew and Kirby Puckett, and the 12th active player to reach 2,000 hits.

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Berrios (2-1) tied a career high with 11 strikeouts and allowed just three hits for the second time in three starts this season. The right-hander is 4-1 with a 1.67 ERA in five starts against Chicago.

Lucas Giolito (0-2) pitched 6 1-3 innings for the White Sox, giving up four runs, three earned, and five hits and five walks. He struck out three.

Giolito was nearly matching Berrios for much of the game, but the control issues hurt and Twins outfielder Byron Buxton used his speed to create runs in the third inning.

Buxton singled and stole second base after a review showed Chicago shortstop Tim Anderson missed a tag. Buxton added another in the game and now has 28 straight successful stolen bases.

Buxton then took third on a short flyout to center field and scored on an infield grounder when Anderson's throw was just wide of catcher Omar Narvaez.

Mauer followed an RBI single in the inning. He added a two-run single in the seventh for his milestone hit.

Berrios dominated with his three-pitch mix. He struck out the side in the third and didn't allow a Chicago batter to reach scoring position. He gave up three singles and hit one batter.

Berrios threw 20 first-pitch strikes to the 24 batters he faced and had 0-2 counts on 11 batters.

Berrios' 11 strikeouts were his most since he had 11 against the White Sox on Aug. 30 last season, another outing with seven scoreless innings.

PROVIDING RELIEF

Right-hander Chris Voltstad gave up one hit and a walk in one inning on Thursday after being promoted from Triple-A Charlotte.

Reliever Gregory Infante was optioned to Triple-A after Wednesday's game. The team transferred left-hander Carlos Rodon (left biceps bursitis and left shoulder inflammation) to the 60-day disabled list to clear a spot on the 40-man roster for Volstad.

TRAINER'S ROOM

White Sox: C Welington Castillo was out of the lineup for a second straight day with right knee soreness. He was injured Tuesday and is day to day.

UP NEXT

Rain and snowy conditions are forecast for the Twin Cities, likely causing issues this weekend. White Sox RHP Reynaldo Lopez (0-1, 0.69 ERA) is scheduled to start Friday's night game. The Twins haven't announced their starter, in part, because of the weather. It will be the first turn in the rotation for a fifth starter, which could be Phil Hughes. But Minnesota is waiting on an announcement in case the game is postponed.
 

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