TWINS 4, CUBS 0
Max Kepler homered and Jose Berrios threw six sharp innings to outduel Yu Darvish as Minnesota blanked Chicago.
Kepler had three hits for the Twins, who took two of three from the NL Central leaders. Minnesota, which clinched its second straight playoff berth Saturday, trails the first-place White Sox by two games in the AL Central.
The Cubs scored just two runs in the series and hold a 3 1/2-game lead over St. Louis. Chicago had won five of six.
Berrios (5-3) improved to 4-0 in his last six starts, combining with three relievers on a four-hitter. The Cubs loaded the bases in the ninth before Sergio Romo struck out Nico Hoerner to end it.
Darvish (7-3), an NL Cy Young Award contender, allowed a season-high four runs and nine hits in his quest to become the NL’s first eight-game winner. He struck out nine and walked one.
Kepler chased Darvish with a two-run homer in the seventh.
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