Twins snap 8-game skid, beat Reds 3-1

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) ��� Jake Odorizzi and the Minnesota Twins pitched their way out of a rough slide.

Odorizzi worked into the seventh inning, Mitch Garver homered and the Twins snapped an eight-game losing streak with a 3-1 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday.

The 28-year-old Odorizzi (2-2), who was acquired in an offseason trade with Tampa Bay, gave up one run and five hits. He had dropped each of his last two starts, allowing nine runs in 9 2/3 innings.

"It's a tough stretch, definitely. I've been in worse, but it's still April," Odorizzi said. "When you have these stretches in April, it's a lot better than having them in August or September."

Fernando Rodney worked around two walks while pitching a scoreless ninth for his third save in six chances.

Scott Schebler homered for the Reds, and Devin Mesoraco had two hits. Joey Votto went 0 for 3 with a walk, stopping his homer streak at four games.

Cincinnati right-hander Sal Romano (1-3) lasted 4 2/3 innings and was charged with three runs, two earned, and six hits. It was the fourth straight game in which a Reds starter failed to reach the sixth inning.

"He skated through the first two innings so clean," Reds interim manager Jim Riggleman said. "And then the third and fourth they made him throw so many pitches. ... He pitched out of trouble, but I just didn't feel like making him pitch out of trouble a third time so we decided to make the change."

The Reds got on the board when Schebler hit his third homer of the season with two out in the second inning. Schebler jumped on a first-pitch curveball from Odorizzi and drove it off the facing of the second deck in right field.

The Twins countered with two in the fourth. Eduardo Escobar hit a tying RBI double and advanced on an error on right fielder Jesse Winker. After Max Kepler flied out, Robbie Grossman delivered a sacrifice fly.

Garver's second home run of the season leading off the fifth made it 3-1.

The Reds threatened in the seventh when Adam Duvall led off with a double that ended Odorizzi's day. Mesoraco beat the shift with a single to right off Zach Duke that put runners on the corners with nobody out. But Billy Hamilton popped out, Winker struck out and Jose Peraza flied out to end the threat.

"That's probably the turning point of the game," Odorizzi said.

RODNEY'S REVIVAL

Rodney had blown his previous three save opportunities, including Gary Sanchez's game-ending, three-run homer in the Twins' 4-3 loss to the Yankees on Thursday.

But the 41-year-old closer has 303 career saves and he wasn't about to let doubt creep in, even after walking two batters to put the tying run on base with one out.

"Yeah, I kept my confidence in myself," Rodney said. "Tried to find the strike zone to try to convince these guys to swing and tried to get this guy out."

Brian Dozier made a running, leaping grab of Tucker Barnhart's soft liner into short center for the second out. Then Winker popped out to end it.

"Fernando can have some traffic at times," Twins manager Paul Molitor said. "He's actually throwing it over pretty well. That hasn't been the issue. But he had a couple walks today. Thankfully, somehow he got those three outs and we can shake hands. It's been a while."

TROUBLE WITH THE CURVE?

After Schebler's home run, Odorizzi shied away from using his curveball, and the strategy worked like a charm.

"It was by design - I hadn't thrown one in the first 20 pitches of the game and then I throw one and it gets hit into the seats, so why play around with that?" he said. "I felt like I had a good fastball today and I was moving the ball around pretty good. So, no reason to be stubborn or prove that I can throw it again. Go with what's working."

TRAINER'S ROOM

Twins: An MRI confirmed OF Byron Buxton has a hairline fracture in his left big toe. Buxton fouled a ball off his foot in a minor-league rehab game in Florida last Sunday. He was placed on the 10-day disabled list due to migraines on April 18. Molitor said Buxton would stay in Minnesota and work out with the team, but he's not likely to return to the lineup during the current homestand, which wraps up on Thursday. . Molitor said 3B Miguel Sano played with a tight hamstring on Friday, and Sano was not in the lineup on Saturday.

UP NEXT

Reds: RHP Tyler Mahle (1-3, 5.00 ERA) faces the Twins Sunday afternoon in the series finale.

Twins: RHP Jose Berrios (2-2, 2.84 ERA) looks to continue his hot start against Cincinnati.

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  • W: J. Odorizzi (2-2)L: S. Romano (1-3)S: F. Rodney (3)
  • HR: CIN - S. Schebler (3), MIN - M. Garver (2)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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J. Winker RF40000124.292.416.361.7770.0
J. Peraza SS40100015.284.308.402.7100.5
J. Votto 1B30000101.271.388.417.8051.0
S. Gennett 2B40100002.296.345.407.7521.0
E. Suarez 3B40000002.293.383.537.9200.0
S. Schebler DH31111111.317.378.585.9636.5
A. Duvall LF30100101.176.262.363.6253.0
D. Mesoraco C30200100.242.306.364.6694.0
R. Herrera PR00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
B. Hamilton CF30000004.169.281.241.5220.0
a- T. Barnhart PH10000002.230.314.378.6920.0
  • a-popped out for Hamilton in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
B. Dozier 2B40000003.263.340.442.7820.0
J. Mauer DH30100102.292.452.375.8272.0
E. Rosario LF41200012.241.267.422.6892.5
E. Escobar 3B41110034.297.349.554.9032.5
M. Kepler CF-RF40000001.295.360.538.8990.0
R. Grossman RF20010000.213.269.362.6311.0
R. LaMarre CF10000000.348.423.348.7710.0
L. Morrison 1B30100100.143.241.243.4832.0
M. Garver C41211022.250.300.536.8367.0
E. Adrianza SS20100100.233.303.300.6033.0
    BATTING
    • 2B - A. Duvall (8), D. Mesoraco
    • HR - S. Schebler (3)
    • RBI - S. Schebler (9)
    • 2-Out RBI - S. Schebler (3)
    BATTING
    • 2B - E. Escobar (10), M. Garver (2), E. Adrianza (2)
    • HR - M. Garver (2)
    • SF - R. Grossman
    • RBI - E. Escobar (12), R. Grossman (8), M. Garver (2)
    FIELDING
    • E - S. Gennett (4), J. Winker
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    S. Romano (L, 1-3)4.26322114.651.45-2.5
    A. Brice1.10001203.451.153.0
    D. Floro2.02000300.901.305.5
    PITCHERSIP
    S. Romano (L, 1-3)4.2
    A. Brice1.1
    D. Floro2.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    J. Odorizzi (W, 2-2)6.05112313.941.3821.5
    Z. Duke (H, 4)1.01000105.191.962.5
    A. Reed (H, 4)1.00001002.571.002.0
    F. Rodney (S, 3)1.00002005.872.098.0
    PITCHERSIP
    J. Odorizzi (W, 2-2)6.0
    Z. Duke (H, 4)1.0
    A. Reed (H, 4)1.0
    F. Rodney (S, 3)1.0
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - S. Romano 89-52, A. Brice 26-15, D. Floro 37-26
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Romano 5-7, A. Brice 1-1, D. Floro 4-0
    • Batters Faced - S. Romano 21, A. Brice 5, D. Floro 9
    PITCHING
    • IBB - J. Odorizzi
    • Pitches-Strikes - J. Odorizzi 91-60, Z. Duke 9-6, A. Reed 18-10, F. Rodney 19-8
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Odorizzi 3-12, A. Reed 1-1
    • Batters Faced - J. Odorizzi 25, Z. Duke 4, A. Reed 3, F. Rodney 5
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    J. Winker RF40000124.292.416.361.7770.0
    J. Peraza SS40100015.284.308.402.7100.5
    J. Votto 1B30000101.271.388.417.8051.0
    S. Gennett 2B40100002.296.345.407.7521.0
    E. Suarez 3B40000002.293.383.537.9200.0
    S. Schebler DH31111111.317.378.585.9636.5
    A. Duvall LF30100101.176.262.363.6253.0
    D. Mesoraco C30200100.242.306.364.6694.0
    R. Herrera PR00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
    B. Hamilton CF30000004.169.281.241.5220.0
    a- T. Barnhart PH10000002.230.314.378.6920.0
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    • a-popped out for Hamilton in the 9th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    B. Dozier 2B40000003.263.340.442.7820.0
    J. Mauer DH30100102.292.452.375.8272.0
    E. Rosario LF41200012.241.267.422.6892.5
    E. Escobar 3B41110034.297.349.554.9032.5
    M. Kepler CF-RF40000001.295.360.538.8990.0
    R. Grossman RF20010000.213.269.362.6311.0
    R. LaMarre CF10000000.348.423.348.7710.0
    L. Morrison 1B30100100.143.241.243.4832.0
    M. Garver C41211022.250.300.536.8367.0
    E. Adrianza SS20100100.233.303.300.6033.0
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      BATTING
      • 2B - A. Duvall (8), D. Mesoraco
      • HR - S. Schebler (3)
      • RBI - S. Schebler (9)
      • 2-Out RBI - S. Schebler (3)
      BATTING
      • 2B - E. Escobar (10), M. Garver (2), E. Adrianza (2)
      • HR - M. Garver (2)
      • SF - R. Grossman
      • RBI - E. Escobar (12), R. Grossman (8), M. Garver (2)
      FIELDING
      • E - S. Gennett (4), J. Winker
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      S. Romano (L, 1-3)4.26322114.651.45-2.5
      A. Brice1.10001203.451.153.0
      D. Floro2.02000300.901.305.5
      Total8.0832361---
      PITCHERSIP
      S. Romano (L, 1-3)4.2
      A. Brice1.1
      D. Floro2.0
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Odorizzi (W, 2-2)6.05112313.941.3821.5
      Z. Duke (H, 4)1.01000105.191.962.5
      A. Reed (H, 4)1.00001002.571.002.0
      F. Rodney (S, 3)1.00002005.872.098.0
      Total9.0611541---
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Odorizzi (W, 2-2)6.0
      Z. Duke (H, 4)1.0
      A. Reed (H, 4)1.0
      F. Rodney (S, 3)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - S. Romano 89-52, A. Brice 26-15, D. Floro 37-26
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Romano 5-7, A. Brice 1-1, D. Floro 4-0
      • Batters Faced - S. Romano 21, A. Brice 5, D. Floro 9
      PITCHING
      • IBB - J. Odorizzi
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Odorizzi 91-60, Z. Duke 9-6, A. Reed 18-10, F. Rodney 19-8
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Odorizzi 3-12, A. Reed 1-1
      • Batters Faced - J. Odorizzi 25, Z. Duke 4, A. Reed 3, F. Rodney 5
      • 5TH INNING
        Garver homered to left13
      • 4TH INNING
        Grossman hit sacrifice fly to right, Escobar scored12
        Escobar doubled to right, Rosario scored, Escobar to third on right fielder Winker fielding error11
      • 2ND INNING
        Schebler homered to right center10
      • 9TH INNING
        • Fernando Rodney relieved Addison Reed
        • S. Schebler: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Schebler walked
        • A. Duvall: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Duvall flied out to center
        • D. Mesoraco: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Mesoraco walked, Schebler to second
        • Tucker Barnhart hit for Billy Hamilton
        • Rosell Herrera ran for Devin Mesoraco
        • T. Barnhart: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Barnhart popped out to second
        • J. Winker: Winker popped out to third
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Ryan LaMarre in center
        • Addison Reed relieved Zach Duke
        • J. Votto: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Votto walked
        • S. Gennett: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Gennett grounded into double play first to shortstop, Votto out at second
        • E. Suarez: Strike looking, Ball, Suarez flied out to left
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • D. Floro Pitching:
        • M. Kepler: Strike looking, Kepler grounded out to first
        • R. LaMarre: Foul, Ball, LaMarre grounded out to pitcher
        • L. Morrison: Morrison singled to center
        • M. Garver: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Garver struck out looking
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • J. Odorizzi Pitching:
        • A. Duvall: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Duvall doubled to deep center
        • Zach Duke relieved Jake Odorizzi
        • D. Mesoraco: Mesoraco singled to right, Duvall to third
        • B. Hamilton: Ball, Hamilton popped out to first
        • J. Winker: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul tip, Winker struck out on foul tip
        • J. Peraza: Ball, Peraza flied out to right
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Dylan Floro relieved Austin Brice
        • E. Adrianza: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Adrianza grounded out to second
        • B. Dozier: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Dozier safe at first on 2nd baseman Gennett fielding error
        • J. Mauer: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Mauer singled to left, Dozier to second
        • E. Rosario: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Rosario struck out swinging
        • E. Escobar: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Escobar struck out swinging
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
      • 6TH INNING
        • J. Odorizzi Pitching:
        • J. Votto: Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Votto flied out to shallow right
        • S. Gennett: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Gennett singled to left
        • E. Suarez: Ball, Strike swinging, Suarez reached on fielder's choice to third, Gennett out at second
        • S. Schebler: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Schebler flied out to center
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • A. Brice Pitching:
        • M. Kepler: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Kepler lined out to first
        • R. Grossman: Strike looking, Grossman grounded out to second
        • L. Morrison: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Morrison walked
        • M. Garver: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Garver struck out swinging
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • J. Odorizzi Pitching:
        • S. Schebler: Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Schebler struck out swinging
        • A. Duvall: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Duvall walked
        • D. Mesoraco: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Mesoraco doubled to deep left, Duvall to third
        • B. Hamilton: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Hamilton popped out to shortstop
        • J. Winker: Ball, Ball, Winker intentionally walked
        • J. Peraza: Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Peraza popped out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • S. Romano Pitching:
        • M. Garver: Strike looking, Garver homered to left
        • E. Adrianza: Adrianza doubled to deep right
        • B. Dozier: Ball, Foul, Dozier lined into double play shortstop to second, Adrianza out at second
        • J. Mauer: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Mauer walked
        • E. Rosario: Foul, Rosario singled to left, Mauer to second
        • Austin Brice relieved Sal Romano
        • E. Escobar: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Escobar struck out swinging
        • End of the 5th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • J. Odorizzi Pitching:
        • J. Peraza: Peraza reached on bunt single to pitcher
        • J. Votto: Votto lined out to center
        • S. Gennett: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Gennett popped out to shortstop
        • E. Suarez: Ball, Suarez flied out to deep center
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • S. Romano Pitching:
        • E. Rosario: Ball, Foul, Rosario singled to center
        • E. Escobar: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Escobar doubled to right, Rosario scored, Escobar to third on right fielder Winker fielding error
        • M. Kepler: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Kepler flied out to center
        • R. Grossman: Ball, Ball, Foul, Grossman hit sacrifice fly to right, Escobar scored
        • L. Morrison: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Morrison grounded out to second
        • End of the 4th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • J. Odorizzi Pitching:
        • D. Mesoraco: Ball, Foul, Mesoraco fouled out to first
        • B. Hamilton: Ball, Strike swinging, Hamilton grounded bunt out to catcher
        • J. Winker: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Winker lined out to center
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • S. Romano Pitching:
        • L. Morrison: Morrison flied out to deep left
        • M. Garver: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Garver doubled to deep right
        • E. Adrianza: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Adrianza walked
        • B. Dozier: Strike looking, Ball, Dozier fouled out to first
        • J. Mauer: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Mauer grounded out to second
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • J. Odorizzi Pitching:
        • S. Gennett: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Gennett popped out to second
        • E. Suarez: Ball, Ball, Suarez grounded out to third
        • S. Schebler: Schebler homered to right center
        • A. Duvall: Ball, Foul, Duvall flied out to shallow right
        • Middle of the 2nd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • S. Romano Pitching:
        • E. Escobar: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Escobar struck out looking
        • M. Kepler: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Kepler grounded out to pitcher
        • R. Grossman: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Grossman grounded out to second
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • J. Odorizzi Pitching:
        • J. Winker: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Winker struck out swinging
        • J. Peraza: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Peraza struck out swinging
        • J. Votto: Votto flied out to left
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • S. Romano Pitching:
        • B. Dozier: Strike looking, Dozier fouled out to left
        • J. Mauer: Strike looking, Ball, Mauer grounded out to second
        • E. Rosario: Foul, Rosario flied out to center
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)