MLB roundup: Twins get second road win of the year against Astros
Jose Berrios recorded his first career victory and was backed by the slugging of Brian Dozier and Byung Ho Park as Minnesota took the opener of its three-game series with Houston at Minute Maid Park.
Dozier finished 3-for-5 with a double and two runs while Park went 2-for-3 with a walk and his first career triple to carry the Twins offensively. Minnesota won on the road for the second time this season.
Berrios (1-1) was victorious in his second career start. The highest-drafted pitcher ever born in Puerto Rico, Berrios allowed a pair of solo home runs while pitching into the sixth inning. He struck out eight against five walks and three hits, tossing 96 pitches en route to the win.
Mets 4, Braves 1
NEW YORK — Bartolo Colon threw eight shutout innings to earn his 220th career victory — second all-time among pitchers born in the Dominican Republic — and New York hit three homers during a four-run first inning before cruising to a win over Atlanta at Citi Field.
Colon allowed seven hits and walked none while striking out seven in breaking a second-place tie with Hall of Famer Pedro Martinez. The all-time leader in wins by Dominican-born pitchers is Hall of Famer Juan Marichal, who earned 243 victories.
Colon, who turns 43 on May 24, notched the milestone victory in a fashion that has become his standard at an age when most of his peers are long since retired. He spotted a high-80s fastball in wriggling out of trouble in the first three innings, during which he allowed six hits but allowed only one runner as far as third base, before setting down 12 straight between the third and seventh.
Nationals 2, Royals 0
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Gio Gonzalez kept the Royals off balance through six innings to lead Washington to a shutout victory over Kansas City in the opener of an inter-league series. Gonzalez scattered four hits and outdueled Kansas City starter Edinson Volquez in front of 32,394 at Kauffman Stadium.
The Nationals got all the runs they’d need in the first inning, then watched the Royals flail against Gonzalez (2-1) and the Washington bullpen. The Nationals never allowed a runner to reach third base. Four Nationals relievers threw three scoreless innings. Jonathan Papelbon pitched the ninth for his ninth save.
Volquez (3-2) was almost as impressive as Gonzalez. He finished with seven hits and two runs in 7 2/3 innings. He struck out seven and walked one. He gave two hits in the fifth and sixth innings, but worked out of both jams.
Rangers 2, Blue Jays 1
TORONTO — Nomar Mazara and Brett Nicholas hit solo home runs as Texas defeated Toronto.
Mazara, whose home run in the eighth inning broke a 1-1 tie, also threw out a runner at the plate from right field in the bottom of the eighth to preserve the lead.
It was the first meeting of the Rangers and the Blue Jays since Toronto won the fifth and deciding game of the American League Division Series last October.
Neither starter factored in the decision.