July 08, 2018 05:57 PM
Jake Odorizzi pitched six scoreless innings and Mitch Garver, Eduardo Escobar and Brian Dozier homered as the Minnesota Twins completed a four-game sweep of the Baltimore Orioles with a 10-1 victory on Sunday.
Odorizzi (4-6) turned in his third consecutive strong outing, allowing just five hits and a walk while striking out five. In his last three starts, he's allowed just two earned runs over 17 innings.
Baltimore's Chris Davis homered off reliever Matt Magill with two outs in the ninth to break up the shutout.
Orioles starter Alex Cobb (2-11), Odorizzi's former teammate in Tampa Bay, kept the Twins at bay for the first four innings but still ended up taking the loss. That ties him with Kansas City's Jason Hammel for the most in the major leagues.
Garver broke up a scoreless game with a two-run homer in the fifth. After Max Kepler drew a leadoff walk, Garver worked the count full, then slammed a Cobb fastball and drove it high and deep down the left-field line. The ball curled just inside the foul pole for Garver's fourth home run of the season and a 2-0 Twins lead.
The Twins took command with an eight-run sixth. Dozier led off with a double and Eduardo Escobar followed with a 426-foot home run onto the plaza in right field for his 14th homer of the season.
Minnesota strung together four singles and an error to score three more runs before Dozier capped the inning with a three-run shot to the second deck in left-center off reliever Ryan Meisinger.
Orioles: Manager Buck Showalter said that RHP Chris Tillman, who has been on the DL since May 11 with a strained lower back, is expected to make a minor-league rehab start on Tuesday at Class A Frederick.
Twins: 1B Joe Mauer got the day off. The 35-year-old had started the last six games, and with the Twins not getting a day off until the All-Star break manager Paul Molitor said he was looking for a good spot to give Mauer a break.
Orioles: Baltimore hosts the Yankees for a doubleheader on Monday afternoon. The Orioles have not yet named a starter for the opener, while rookie RHP Yefry Ramirez (0-2, 2.51 ERA) will start the second game.
Twins: Minnesota's homestand continues with a three-game series against the Royals. RHP Jose Berrios (8-7, 3.54) will start the opener for the Twins.
Updated: July 08, 2018 05:57 PM
Created: July 08, 2018 04:33 PM
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