MINNEAPOLIS – After sitting four powerful right-handed bats against Atlanta All-Star starter Mike Soroka, Minnesota Twins manager Rocco Baldelli had plenty of pinch-hitting options late in another close game against a likely playoff team.
Sanó’s pinch-hit, two-run homer in the ninth inning gave Minnesota a 5-3 victory over the Braves on Monday night.
With Mitch Garver, C.J. Cron, and Jonathan Schoop all available, Sanó entered and hit the first pitch he saw for his 19th home run of the season and the first pinch-hit, walkoff home run for the Twins since Michael Cuddyer against the Los Angeles Angels in 2006 at the Metrodome.
Sanó’s homer went an estimated 443 feet off reliever Chris Martin, hitting high off the wall in center field.
Trevor May pitched two innings with one hit allowed for the Twins, who have won four in a row to stretch their lead over Cleveland in the AL Central to four games.
DRAMATIC GAMES. The Twins are playing their fourth series against possible playoff teams since the All-Star break with four of the 11 games decided in the final at-bat.
Berríos is coming off a start in which he allowed two hits in seven scoreless innings at Miami.