Gordon, Sparkman lead Royals past Twins, Odorizzi 4-1

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The Kansas City Royals don't know why they've been able have success against Jake Odorizzi.

Alex Gordon had a two-run double and Lucas Duda added an RBI single as the Royals jumped on Odorizzi in the first inning and beat the Minnesota Twins 4-1 Thursday night.

Odorizzi has given up eight runs in two starts against Kansas City while allowing 15 runs in 13 starts against other teams.

''It's hard to give you an explanation why,'' Royals manager Ned Yost said. ''We just swing the bats well off him.''

Odorizzi (10-3) came in tied with Chicago White Sox pitcher Lucas Giolito for the major league lead in wins, but lasted just four innings. He gave up four runs and eight hits with one walk and two strikeouts.

''I think he had trouble getting comfortable in a couple of different ways,'' Rays manager Rocco Baldelli said. ''He usually pitches pretty well with his fastball ... When he couldn't go to that to get the swings and misses, and really set up the rest of the at-bat, it became an issue.

''But he's been so good for us and throwing the ball so well for so long, that you know that at some point there's going to be a start or two like this along the way.''

Glenn Sparkman (2-3) gave up just one run and five hits in a season high-tying seven innings, and Duda had two hits and scored a run to help the Royals win for the fourth time in five games.

''I just stayed with the plan, to stay low in the zone and attack those guys,'' Sparkman said. ''I felt pretty strong (after seven innings). As long as I'm pushing the team pretty far I'm happy.''

Jake Diekman pitched a perfect eighth and Ian Kennedy got the last three outs for his ninth save in 11 opportunities.

Jorge Polanco homered with one out in the first to put Minnesota ahead.

However, the Royals came right back in the bottom of the inning to take the lead. Whit Merrifield doubled and advanced to third on Nicky Lopez's single to left-center. Gordon then doubled to deep right-center to drive both runners in.

''(Odorizzi) kinda has that sneaky fastball (and) likes to throw it up in the zone,'' Gordon said. ''He kinda blew it by me last game, so I just wanted to make sure I was on top of the fastball. ... I was able to fight off a couple good pitches and finally got one that I was able to hit and put a good swing on it.''

With one out, Cheslor Cuthbert grounded to Odorizzi, who threw to third to get Gordon, but Willians Astudillo's errant throw to first allowed Cuthbert to advance to third. Cuthbert then scored on Duda's single to right that ended his 0-for-20 slump.

The Royals added another run in the fourth. Duda got his second single and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Humberto Arteaga, who made his major league debut Thursday. Duda scored on a double by Martin Maldonado.

Odorizzi credited the Royals with a good game plan.

''They were aggressive,'' he said. ''Put the balls in play, kind of the same as the last game. The balls that were put on the ground were kind of in that good spot. They were hitting the ball back up the middle, they weren't trying to do too much with it. ... They got on top of fastballs. They did what they needed to do.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Twins C Mitch Garver started Thursday's game but left after the seventh inning with left heel soreness. ... OF Byron Buxton is traveling with the club, though he's not eligible to return from the 10-day injured list until Tuesday. He went on the IL on Tuesday, retroactive to last Saturday, with a right wrist contusion.

Royals 3B Hunter Dozier finished a three-day rehab in Double-A Northwest Arkansas on Wednesday. He's been on the 10-day injured list since June 3 (retroactive to May 31) with a right oblique strain. He was expected to return to Kansas City on Thursday for the birth of his child. He's expected to head to Triple-A Omaha to continue the rehab through the weekend. Yost did not have an update on Dozier's status.

ROSTER MOVES

Twins recalled RHP Kohl Stewart from Triple-A Rochester and optioned RHP Sean Poppen to Rochester. The Twins played 17 innings against Boston on Tuesday. The Twins are near the end of a 13-day stretch without a day off. They'll be off June 24 following this four-game series.

Royals SS Adalberto Mondesi was placed on the 10-day IL with what Yost called a ''very minor'' right groin strain. Yost said it was more precautionary than anything. He was replaced on the roster by SS Arteaga from Triple-A Omaha. Arteaga, 25, is in his ninth season in the Royals' system since being signed as a 16-year-old non-drafted free agent in 2010.

UP NEXT

LHP Martin Perez (7-3, 4.09 ERA) will get the start for Minnesota. He'll face Royals RHP Jakob Junis (4-6, 5.33 ERA) in the second game of the four-game series.

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  • W: G. Sparkman (2-3)L: J. Odorizzi (10-3)S: I. Kennedy (9)
  • HR: MIN - J. Polanco (11)
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      BATTING
      • HR - J. Polanco (11)
      • RBI - J. Polanco (38)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Polanco, L. Arraez, J. Schoop 2 (2), J. Cave
      BATTING
      • 2B - W. Merrifield (19), A. Gordon (17), M. Maldonado (9)
      • SH - H. Arteaga
      • RBI - A. Gordon 2 (44), L. Duda (10), M. Maldonado (13)
      • 2-Out RBI - L. Duda (3)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - N. Lopez 2 (2), A. Gordon, H. Arteaga
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - T. Gore 2 (10), B. Hamilton (14)
      FIELDING
      • DP - 4 (Astudillo-Schoop-Cron; Arraez-Schoop-Cron; Arraez-Schoop-Cron; Schoop-Sano)
      • E - W. Astudillo 2 (2), J. Schoop (6)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Odorizzi (L, 10-3)4.08441202.581.07-5.0
      K. Stewart4.02000104.501.3110.5
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Odorizzi (L, 10-3)4.0
      K. Stewart4.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      G. Sparkman (W, 2-3)7.05111313.621.2525.5
      J. Diekman (H, 11)1.00000204.351.164.0
      I. Kennedy (S, 9)1.00000003.601.2710.0
      PITCHERSIP
      G. Sparkman (W, 2-3)7.0
      J. Diekman (H, 11)1.0
      I. Kennedy (S, 9)1.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Odorizzi 80-53, K. Stewart 42-32
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Odorizzi 6-3, K. Stewart 7-3
      • Batters Faced - J. Odorizzi 20, K. Stewart 13
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - G. Sparkman 91-61, J. Diekman 12-9, I. Kennedy 8-6
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - G. Sparkman 9-9, I. Kennedy 1-2
      • Batters Faced - G. Sparkman 27, J. Diekman 3, I. Kennedy 3
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      J. Polanco DH41111011.325.386.549.9355.5
      M. Garver C30000000.294.378.6271.0050.0
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      E. Rosario LF40000000.265.297.512.8090.0
      C. Cron 1B30200100.280.347.528.8753.0
      L. Arraez SS40100012.375.475.5311.0060.5
      J. Schoop 2B30000013.255.305.469.773-0.5
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          BATTING
          • HR - J. Polanco (11)
          • RBI - J. Polanco (38)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Polanco, L. Arraez, J. Schoop 2 (2), J. Cave
          BATTING
          • 2B - W. Merrifield (19), A. Gordon (17), M. Maldonado (9)
          • SH - H. Arteaga
          • RBI - A. Gordon 2 (44), L. Duda (10), M. Maldonado (13)
          • 2-Out RBI - L. Duda (3)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - N. Lopez 2 (2), A. Gordon, H. Arteaga
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - T. Gore 2 (10), B. Hamilton (14)
          FIELDING
          • DP - 4 (Astudillo-Schoop-Cron; Arraez-Schoop-Cron; Arraez-Schoop-Cron; Schoop-Sano)
          • E - W. Astudillo 2 (2), J. Schoop (6)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          J. Odorizzi (L, 10-3)4.08441202.581.07-5.0
          K. Stewart4.02000104.501.3110.5
          Total8.01044130---
          PITCHERSIP
          J. Odorizzi (L, 10-3)4.0
          K. Stewart4.0
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          G. Sparkman (W, 2-3)7.05111313.621.2525.5
          J. Diekman (H, 11)1.00000204.351.164.0
          I. Kennedy (S, 9)1.00000003.601.2710.0
          Total9.0511151---
          PITCHERSIP
          G. Sparkman (W, 2-3)7.0
          J. Diekman (H, 11)1.0
          I. Kennedy (S, 9)1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - J. Odorizzi 80-53, K. Stewart 42-32
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Odorizzi 6-3, K. Stewart 7-3
          • Batters Faced - J. Odorizzi 20, K. Stewart 13
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - G. Sparkman 91-61, J. Diekman 12-9, I. Kennedy 8-6
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - G. Sparkman 9-9, I. Kennedy 1-2
          • Batters Faced - G. Sparkman 27, J. Diekman 3, I. Kennedy 3
          • 4TH INNING
            Maldonado doubled to left center, Duda scored14
          • 1ST INNING
            Duda singled to right, Cuthbert scored13
            Gordon doubled to deep right center, Merrifield and Lopez scored12
            Polanco homered to right10
          • 9TH INNING
            • Ian Kennedy relieved Jake Diekman
            • E. Rosario: Rosario grounded out to second
            • C. Cron: Strike looking, Cron lined out to center
            • L. Arraez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Arraez flied out to deep left
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Jake Diekman relieved Glenn Sparkman
            • M. Kepler: Strike looking, Foul, Kepler lined out to center
            • J. Polanco: Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Polanco struck out swinging
            • M. Sano: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Sano struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • K. Stewart Pitching:
            • J. Soler: Ball, Soler singled to center
            • Terrance Gore ran for Jorge Soler
            • C. Cuthbert: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Strike swinging, Cuthbert struck out swinging, Gore stole second
            • L. Duda: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Gore stole third, Duda lined into double play second to third, Gore out at third
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • G. Sparkman Pitching:
            • J. Schoop: Schoop popped out to second
            • J. Cave: Ball, Foul, Cave grounded out to shortstop
            • W. Astudillo: Ball, Astudillo grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Miguel Sano at third base
            • B. Hamilton: Hamilton lined out to right
            • W. Merrifield: Merrifield grounded out to third
            • N. Lopez: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Lopez safe at first on 2nd baseman Schoop fielding error
            • A. Gordon: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Gordon grounded out to second
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
          • 6TH INNING
            • G. Sparkman Pitching:
            • M. Garver: Ball, Strike looking, Garver flied out to right
            • E. Rosario: Strike looking, Rosario grounded out to first
            • C. Cron: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Cron singled to center
            • L. Arraez: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Arraez struck out looking
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • K. Stewart Pitching:
            • L. Duda: Ball, Ball, Duda fouled out to third
            • H. Arteaga: Ball, Strike swinging, Arteaga safe at first on catcher Astudillo fielding error
            • M. Maldonado: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Maldonado grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Arteaga out at second
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
          • 5TH INNING
            • G. Sparkman Pitching:
            • J. Cave: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Cave struck out swinging
            • W. Astudillo: Strike looking, Astudillo singled to center
            • M. Kepler: Kepler flied out to right
            • J. Polanco: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Polanco grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Kohl Stewart relieved Jake Odorizzi
            • A. Gordon: Strike looking, Foul, Gordon grounded out to first
            • J. Soler: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Soler singled to left
            • C. Cuthbert: Foul, Foul, Cuthbert grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Soler out at second
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • G. Sparkman Pitching:
            • M. Garver: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Garver grounded out to third
            • E. Rosario: Rosario flied out to deep center
            • C. Cron: Strike looking, Strike looking, Cron singled to right
            • L. Arraez: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Arraez singled to left, Cron to third
            • J. Schoop: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Schoop struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Odorizzi Pitching:
            • L. Duda: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Duda singled to center
            • H. Arteaga: Arteaga hit sacrifice bunt to first, Duda to second
            • M. Maldonado: Ball, Maldonado doubled to left center, Duda scored
            • B. Hamilton: Hamilton singled to left, Maldonado to third
            • W. Merrifield: Pickoff attempt to first, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt to first, Pickoff attempt to first, Foul, Ball, Hamilton stole second, Strike swinging, Merrifield struck out swinging
            • N. Lopez: Strike looking, Lopez grounded out to second
            • End of the 4th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • G. Sparkman Pitching:
            • W. Astudillo: Astudillo lined out to right
            • M. Kepler: Foul, Strike looking, Kepler grounded out to pitcher
            • J. Polanco: Ball, Polanco lined out to left
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Odorizzi Pitching:
            • N. Lopez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Lopez reached on an infield single to shortstop
            • A. Gordon: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Gordon reached on fielder's choice to second, Lopez out at second
            • J. Soler: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Soler walked, Gordon to second
            • C. Cuthbert: Strike looking, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Foul, Cuthbert grounded into double play third to second to first, Soler out at second
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • G. Sparkman Pitching:
            • C. Cron: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Cron walked
            • L. Arraez: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Arraez reached on fielder's choice to third, Cron out at second
            • J. Schoop: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Schoop popped out to third
            • J. Cave: Ball, Cave lined out to left
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Odorizzi Pitching:
            • M. Maldonado: Strike looking, Ball, Maldonado grounded out to second
            • B. Hamilton: Foul, Hamilton fouled out to left
            • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Merrifield struck out swinging
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • G. Sparkman Pitching:
            • M. Kepler: Ball, Foul, Kepler grounded out to second
            • J. Polanco: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Polanco homered to right
            • M. Garver: Strike looking, Garver grounded out to third
            • E. Rosario: Strike looking, Strike looking, Rosario flied out to left
            • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • J. Odorizzi Pitching:
            • W. Merrifield: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Merrifield doubled to deep left
            • N. Lopez: Foul, Lopez singled to left, Merrifield to third
            • A. Gordon: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt to first, Ball, Gordon doubled to deep right center, Merrifield and Lopez scored
            • J. Soler: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Soler lined out to second
            • C. Cuthbert: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Cuthbert reached on fielder's choice to pitcher, Gordon out at third, Cuthbert to third on catcher Astudillo throwing error
            • L. Duda: Strike looking, Ball, Duda singled to right, Cuthbert scored
            • H. Arteaga: Foul, Arteaga flied out to right
            • End of the 1st (3 Runs, 4 Hits, 1 Error)