Braves batter Berrios, top Twins 12-7
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Ronald Acuña Jr. and Freddie Freeman hit first-pitch homers off Minnesota ace Jose Berríos and the Atlanta Braves routed the Twins 12-7 Tuesday night.
The first three batters in Atlanta’s lineup — Acuña, Ozzie Albies and Freeman — combined to go 10 for 16 with nine runs and eight RBIs. Acuña scored four runs and Freeman drove in four.
Acuña sent the first pitch by Berríos into deep center field for his sixth leadoff homer of the season and the 14th of his career.
Freeman made it 4-0 when he hit Berrios’ first offering for a three-run shot in the fourth inning.
It was one of the worst starts of Berríos’ career. He allowed a career-high nine runs in the loss and slipped to 10-6. His bad night got worse in the sixth inning when he balked in a run. Albies hit an RBI triple later in the inning that chased Berrios.
Braves righty Mike Foltynewicz (3-5) returned to the majors after spending the last month with Triple-A Gwinnett. An All-Star last year, Foltynewicz posted a 6.37 ERA in 11 starts before getting demoted to the minors.
Foltynewicz allowed just two hits through five innings but was tagged for three runs, including two homers, in the sixth. By that point, the Braves had built the right-hander an 11-0 lead.
Minnesota’s Nelson Cruz hit his 31st and 32nd home runs of the season, homering in the sixth and seventh innings. He has six multi-homer games this year, tying Harmon Killebrew in Twins’ history for the most in a season.
Twins: Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said OF Lamonte Wade and INF Willians Astudillo could both soon begin rehab assignments in Fort Myers, Florida. Wade dislocated his thumb in early July and hasn’t played since July 6. Astudillo hasn’t played since June 26, due to a strained oblique.