SAN FRANCISCO -AP- Brian Dozier and Kennys Vargas hit home runs, leading Jose Berrios and the Minnesota Twins over the San Francisco Giants 3-2 on Saturday.
Berrios (5-1) struck out eight over 5 1/3 innings to win his second straight start, both on this road trip.
The right-hander escaped a bases-loaded jam in the third. After Denard Span's double and walks to Brandon Belt and Buster Posey, Berrios struck out Brandon Crawford and Hunter Pence.
Dozier, Vargas HRs lead Berrios, Twins over Giants 3-2
Belt splashed a 3-2 pitch into McCovey Cove for a solo homer in the first inning to put San Francisco ahead. It marked his seventh career homer into the bay beyond the right-field wall named for Hall of Famer Willie McCovey and second this season.
Berrios allowed six hits, two earned runs and three walks in his first career appearance against San Francisco. Brandon Kintzler, the Twins' third reliever, finished with a 1-2-3 ninth for his 17th save in 18 chances.
Giants starter Jeff Samardzija (2-8) struck out six and walked one over six innings, increasing his impressive totals to 65 Ks and two walks in his last eight starts.
But he also has given up six home runs during that stretch. Vargas led off the fourth with his second of the year and Dozier hit a go-ahead, two-run drive in the fifth.
Samardzija beat the Brewers his last time out to end a two-start skid but still hasn't won consecutive outings this season. He had been 4-0 with a 3.67 ERA in his previous five matchups with Minnesota.
Posey doubled and drove in a run on a groundout for San Francisco, shut out 4-0 a night earlier.
Belt's drive to the water was the 73rd by the Giants and matched Pablo Sandoval for second behind 35 hit by home run king Barry Bonds. There have been 113 overall at AT&T Park.

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