Cincinnati Reds, Tyler Mahle Mow down Minnesota Twins 8-2
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — If Tyler Mahle continues to pitch the way he has in his past two starts, the Cincinnati Reds shouldn't need another month to win their next series.
Mahle pitched into the seventh inning in another impressive start, Jose Peraza had three hits and Adam Duvall homered, leading the Reds to their first series victory of the season with an 8-2 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Sunday.
Mahle (2-3) cruised through the Twins' lineup in his second straight solid outing. In his most recent start, he struck out 11 and took a no-hitter into the seventh inning against Atlanta. On Sunday, Mahle gave up one run in 6 1/3 innings, allowing four hits and two walks while striking out seven.
Peraza had eight hits during the weekend series as the Reds took two of three from the Twins. Cincinnati won for the fourth time in seven games after starting the season 3-18. Meanwhile, Minnesota lost for the ninth time in 10 games.
Twins starter Jose Berrios (2-3) struggled with his command and the Reds made him pay. The 23-year-old right-hander walked three and allowed five hits in three innings, his shortest start of the season. He also didn't strike out a batter for the first time in 15 starts. Of his 60 pitches on the day, just 32 were strikes.
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