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Behind Berrios, Twins complete two-game sweep over Detroit

Minnesota Twins pitcher Jose Berrios (17) throws to the Detroit Tigers in the first inning at Target Field. Berrios pitched 6 2/3 innings and picked up the win. Bruce Kluckhohn / USA TODAY Sports

MINNEAPOLIS -- Pretty much nothing has been normal or consistent for the Twins in the first couple of weeks of the season.

Well, except for Jose Berrios.

Berrios, who got an extra day this turn through the rotation, has been mostly kept on normal rest as everything around him fluctuated. And as normal, Berrios delivered on Sunday, April 14, as part of the Twins’ 6-4 win over the Tigers in the series finale at Target Field.

The Twins’ No. 1 pitcher threw 6 2/3 innings, giving up just four hits and striking out seven. He gave up two runs, both coming when Gordon Beckham crushed a curveball to left-center for his second homer of the season.

But after that, Berrios went into lockdown mode, aided by his defense. Center fielder Byron Buxton robbed Tigers left fielder Christin Stewart of extra bases, racing back to catch a ball over his shoulder before hitting the wall in the third. Jorge Polanco also flashed the leather at short as Berrios retired 11 straight batters after the home run. He didn’t give up another hit after the second inning.

And the Twins (8-4), who scored twice in the first inning on an Eddie Rosario single and a C.J. Cron groundout, came back right in the bottom of the second after the Tigers had tied the game.

Doubles from Mitch Garver and Byron Buxton helped the Twins regain the lead and an inning later, Cron hit a hard liner at 113.5 mph off the bat to left for his first home run as a Twin. The two-run blast brought home Rosario, who homered later in the game.

Every Twin had a hit except for Jonathan Schoop. Rosario paced the Twins with three while Polanco, Garver, Buxton and Nelson Cruz each had two.

The Tigers threatened in each of the last two innings, scoring two in the eighth before Taylor Rogers got Beckham to strike out with the bases loaded. Trevor Hildenberger, after Blake Parker loaded the bases, came on in the ninth and got two strikeouts to seal the win.