One after another, the Minnesota Twins’ starting pitchers kept getting better and better against the Baltimore Orioles.
Jose Berrios threw a three-hitter in Minnesota’s 7-0 victory Sunday, capping a season-opening series in which Twins starters combined for 21 innings of five-hit ball.
After Jake Odorizzi blanked Baltimore for six innings in the opener, Kyle Gibson tossed six no-hit innings before Berrios rang up his first career complete game.
Just a lot of positives, getting off to a start like that, manager Paul Molitor said. Our starters haven’t given up a run yet.
Berrios (1-0) struck out six and walked Sharrif Floyd Jersey one in his 40th career start. He threw 107 pitches.
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Brian Dozier homered on the game’s first pitch to launch a four-run first inning and added a solo shot in the sixth for his eighth career multihomer game.
Kluber (0-1, 2.25 ERA) threw an eight-inning complete game for the Indians (2-3) on Thursday, but was outdone by a half-dozen pitchers for the Seattle Mariners, who combined to allow one run and five hits in the 2-1 victory.
The two-time AL Cy Young winner has made five starts in his career against the Angels (4-2), owning a 2-2 record and 4.31 ERA. He last faced the Angels on Aug. 11, 2016 and received plenty of support in the 14-4 victory. Kluber made his last start in Anaheim two months earlier, throwing a three-hit complete game in a 6-2 win.
Justin Upton is one of the few Angels to have success against Kluber. He’s 5-for-16 in his career against the right-hander with three home runs. Albert Pujols is 0-for-13 and Mike Trout is 2-for-13 with a home run against Kluber.