Though Twins rookie Jose Berrios managed to extricate himself from a bases-loaded jam in the first inning, the Mets took the lead for good on homers by Reyes and Cabrera in the third. Yoenis Cespedes later added an RBI single off reliever Pat Light.
It was more than enough for Colon, Addison Reed and Jeurys Familia, who held the Twins to just three hits. Minnesota, too, loaded the bases at one point, but Jorge Polanco flew out to end that third-inning threat.
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Back to back: The Mets’ reliance on the long ball continued into Friday’s third inning, which Reyes and Cabrera opened with back-to-back shots. After Reyes pulled his seventh home run over the right-field fence, Cabrera obliterated his 20th a projected 394 feet into the upper deck, according to Statcast™. Cabrera’s home run was also his 19th as a shortstop, matching the franchise record of — who else? — Reyes.
Better for Berrios: Better doesn’t necessarily mean good, because the 22-year-old Twins right-hander still allowed the Mets seven baserunners in four innings, including the back-to-back home runs. But after eight consecutive starts in which he allowed runs in either the first or second innings, Berrios was able to pitch out of some trouble Friday and keep the Mets off the scoreboard until the third. His ERA through 12 Major League starts is 8.88, and the Twins are still trying to figure out how to get him to pitch as effectively as he has at Triple-A Rochester, where he was 10-5 with a 2.51 ERA in 17 starts this season.
“I think it’s a matter of time before he starts to figure it out up here,” Twins manager Paul Molitor said Friday afternoon.
Danny Knobler is a contributor to MLB.com based in New York and covered the Twins on Friday.
This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
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