TORONTO — Three extras from the Twins’ second straight victory in Rogers Centre:
The Twins were impressed by Blue Jays rookie lefthander Ryan Borucki, who retired the first 10 batters he faced and twice worked out of two-on-one-out situations.
But the defense behind Borucki failed him in the sixth, when left fielder Teoscar Hernandez botched an easy catch of a Joe Mauer fly ball to lead off the inning. The ball glanced off Hernandez’s glove, and Mauer took second base, then moved to third on Eddie Rosario’s ground out. He scored the game’s first run on a Brian Dozier sacrifice fly.
Perhaps deflated by the unearned run, Borucki quickly gave up another one, surrendering back-to-back doubles to Eduardo Escobar and Robbie Grossman. It was Escobar’s 37th double of the season, keeping him three ahead of Cleveland’s Francisco Lindor for the major-league lead.
Eduardo Escobar’s night was full of jogging around to different positions. Sometimes, he would shift to the right side of second base. When Justin Smoak came to the plate, he jogged back to left field as part of a four-outfielder alignment.
No matter where he was standing, though, he couldn’t help but be impressed with Jose Berrios.
“I think he has a high ceiling. He’s going to be one of the best pitchers in this league eventually,” Escobar said. “He’s young. He gives 100 percent. He works really hard. Once he gets more experience, he’s going to be one of the top pitchers in the league.”
Jose Berrios said he understood why Paul Molitor waited until Tuesday to give him his first post-All-Star start, but he doesn’t enjoy disrupting his routine. He found a way to make it work, however.
“I don’t feel great when I take days off. That’s not me. I did after the All-Star Game take Wednesday and Thursday off,” Berrios said. When the team gathered in Kansas City to start the second half on Friday, “I started my normal routine on Day 1 in Kansas City. That worked, because I felt great tonight.”
It showed in his four-hit, no-run, nine-strikeout performance. He would have liked to take the mound for the eighth inning, something he’s done five times this year, but Molitor decided that 102 pitches was enough.
“I was talking during the eighth inning with my trainer. I said, ‘Every time I learn, I take the experience in my career as a person,’ ” Berrios said. “When I go out there, I always have fun. Now I feel like I’m having more fun. I feel more mature.”