Cruz drives in 2 to help Odorizzi, Twins beat Blue Jays 4-1

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Two starts ago, on a soggy mound in Philadelphia, Jake Odorizzi let the rain derail his pitching and didn't finish the first inning.

The weather in Minnesota Wednesday night didn't deter him, and neither did Toronto's lineup.

Nelson Cruz had two hits and two RBIs, helping Odorizzi and the Twins beat the Blue Jays 4-1 following a 54-minute rain delay.

''I guess I could say I've learned from previous mistakes,'' said Odorizzi, who for the first time in four starts this season by striking out six in 5 2/3 innings. ''It's just a go out there, mind over matter sort of a thing.''

Odorizzi (1-2) allowed six hits, one run and one walk. He threw 101 pitches on this chilly evening, so manager Rocco Baldelli summoned Adalberto Mejia to get the last out of the sixth with a runner on first.

Against the Phillies April 5, Odorizzi struggled with his grip on the wet ball and recorded only two outs while allowing five runs on two hits and three walks. In New York against the Mets April 10, the right-hander threw four hitless innings before allowing three runs and failing to finish the fifth.

Justin Smoak had an RBI single for the Blue Jays in the first, putting him on base in 14 of the 15 games he's played in this year, but nobody else reached second for the rest of the game. Odorizzi now has the unusual combination of a 4.76 ERA and a .172 batting average against.

''Just watching him in the dugout and body language and everything, I think he was ready to go,'' Baldelli said.

Mejia blew Minnesota's 3-1 lead Monday night, allowing four runs in the eighth inning of the 5-3 loss. Mejia and Taylor Rogers each allowed just one baserunner, setting up Blake Parker for his fourth save with a perfect ninth inning.

''We had nothing going,'' Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo said. ''A dead night.''

Blue Jays starter Trent Thornton (0-2) allowed four of the first five Twins to reach base before settling in and lasting until recording the first two outs in the fifth. Thornton gave up six hits, four runs and three walks while striking out three.

''I didn't put my head down and put my tail between my legs,'' Thornton said. ''I went back out there and wanted to get as deep as possible, help our bullpen out a little bit, because obviously the game didn't start as planned.''

HOT HITTING

Off to a solid start in his first season with Minnesota, Cruz had an RBI single in the first inning and an RBI double in the third. After walking in the fifth, he scored on a single by Marwin Gonzalez. Cruz twice drove in Jorge Polanco, who had two hits and is batting .429 with 10 extra-base hits, one spot ahead of the 38-year-old designated hitter.

''I feel comfortable, and he's a respected hitter in the league,'' Polanco said. ''So it's a good situation.''

WET WEATHER

This was the 44th game delayed by weather since the ballpark opened in 2010. There have been 24 postponed games, one suspended game continued the following day and one shortened game.

The attendance was announced at 11,465, the lowest figure in Target Field's 10-year history, though the actual presence of people was far less than that with the wet, 44-degree start. The four smallest crowds have come in the last four games.

Including their postponement of the game Friday after a snowstorm, the Twins had a majors-most six days off over the first 20 days of the season. With the lunchtime start looming in the series finale, every effort was going to be made to get this game in.

''We have a lot of months where we have two or three days off over the course of the month. To use those days as added games is something we'd prefer not to do,'' Baldelli said.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Blue Jays: RHP Ryan Tepera joined the team following his last rehab outing for elbow inflammation with Triple-A Buffalo on Sunday. Montoyo said ''there's a good chance'' the reliever could be activated from the injured list and available in the bullpen on Thursday.

Twins: 3B Miguel Sano was sent to the team's training facility in Fort Myers, Florida, to ramp up his recovery from a severe cut on his right heel suffered on Jan. 25. After about two weeks of full-speed baseball activity, Baldelli said, Sano will start playing in minor league games.

UP NEXT

The Blue Jays will send RHP Clay Buchholz (0-0, 1.50 ERA) to the mound in the matinee on Thursday, with RHP Michael Pineda (2-0, 3.00 ERA) pitching for the Twins to finish the four-game series.

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  • W: J. Odorizzi (1-2)L: T. Thornton (0-2)S: B. Parker (4)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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E. Sogard 2B30100110.500.556.6251.1811.5
F. Galvis SS41200012.338.365.606.9701.5
R. Grichuk CF40100023.224.316.448.7640.0
J. Smoak 1B40110013.260.431.420.8511.5
T. Hernandez LF40100002.250.333.367.7001.0
R. Tellez DH40000022.186.286.395.681-1.0
B. Drury 3B40100021.148.188.213.4010.0
B. McKinney RF30100002.204.283.333.6171.0
L. Maile C30000011.217.280.391.671-0.5
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    M. Kepler RF41100021.259.328.466.7942.0
    J. Polanco SS32200110.429.484.7681.2525.5
    N. Cruz DH31220101.313.476.500.9767.0
    E. Rosario LF40000004.246.306.509.8150.0
    C. Cron 1B30100101.227.277.409.6862.0
    M. Gonzalez 3B30210111.220.289.317.6063.5
    J. Schoop 2B40000015.213.288.383.671-0.5
    J. Castro C40100001.167.286.167.4521.0
    B. Buxton CF30000011.273.333.477.811-0.5
      BATTING
      • RBI - J. Smoak (11)
      • 2-Out RBI - J. Smoak (6)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Smoak 2 (2), T. Hernandez, R. Tellez, B. McKinney, L. Maile
      BATTING
      • 2B - M. Kepler (3), J. Polanco (4), N. Cruz (3)
      • RBI - N. Cruz 2 (8), M. Gonzalez (4)
      • 2-Out RBI - M. Gonzalez
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Kepler, M. Gonzalez, J. Schoop 4 (4), J. Castro
      BASERUNNING
      • CS - F. Galvis
      FIELDING
      • DP - 2 (Smoak-Galvis; Galvis-Smoak)
      • PB - L. Maile
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Cron)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      T. Thornton (L, 0-2)4.26443305.401.42-4.5
      E. Luciano1.11001205.401.952.0
      J. Guerra2.02000105.401.304.5
      PITCHERSIP
      T. Thornton (L, 0-2)4.2
      E. Luciano1.1
      J. Guerra2.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Odorizzi (W, 1-2)5.26111604.761.1817.0
      A. Mejia (H, 2)1.11000008.001.562.0
      T. Rogers (H, 4)1.01000201.041.383.0
      B. Parker (S, 4)1.00000201.421.1111.0
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Odorizzi (W, 1-2)5.2
      A. Mejia (H, 2)1.1
      T. Rogers (H, 4)1.0
      B. Parker (S, 4)1.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - E. Luciano (2)
      • Pitches-Strikes - T. Thornton 93-56, E. Luciano 25-13, J. Guerra 22-17
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Thornton 4-6, E. Luciano 1-1, J. Guerra 1-3
      • Batters Faced - T. Thornton 22, E. Luciano 6, J. Guerra 7
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Odorizzi 101-64, A. Mejia 11-6, T. Rogers 15-10, B. Parker 14-10
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Odorizzi 3-7, A. Mejia 2-1, B. Parker 1-0
      • Batters Faced - J. Odorizzi 23, A. Mejia 4, T. Rogers 4, B. Parker 3
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      E. Sogard 2B30100110.500.556.6251.1811.5
      F. Galvis SS41200012.338.365.606.9701.5
      R. Grichuk CF40100023.224.316.448.7640.0
      J. Smoak 1B40110013.260.431.420.8511.5
      T. Hernandez LF40100002.250.333.367.7001.0
      R. Tellez DH40000022.186.286.395.681-1.0
      B. Drury 3B40100021.148.188.213.4010.0
      B. McKinney RF30100002.204.283.333.6171.0
      L. Maile C30000011.217.280.391.671-0.5
      Total33181011016-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        M. Kepler RF41100021.259.328.466.7942.0
        J. Polanco SS32200110.429.484.7681.2525.5
        N. Cruz DH31220101.313.476.500.9767.0
        E. Rosario LF40000004.246.306.509.8150.0
        C. Cron 1B30100101.227.277.409.6862.0
        M. Gonzalez 3B30210111.220.289.317.6063.5
        J. Schoop 2B40000015.213.288.383.671-0.5
        J. Castro C40100001.167.286.167.4521.0
        B. Buxton CF30000011.273.333.477.811-0.5
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          BATTING
          • RBI - J. Smoak (11)
          • 2-Out RBI - J. Smoak (6)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Smoak 2 (2), T. Hernandez, R. Tellez, B. McKinney, L. Maile
          BATTING
          • 2B - M. Kepler (3), J. Polanco (4), N. Cruz (3)
          • RBI - N. Cruz 2 (8), M. Gonzalez (4)
          • 2-Out RBI - M. Gonzalez
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Kepler, M. Gonzalez, J. Schoop 4 (4), J. Castro
          BASERUNNING
          • CS - F. Galvis
          FIELDING
          • DP - 2 (Smoak-Galvis; Galvis-Smoak)
          • PB - L. Maile
          FIELDING
          • DP - (Cron)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          T. Thornton (L, 0-2)4.26443305.401.42-4.5
          E. Luciano1.11001205.401.952.0
          J. Guerra2.02000105.401.304.5
          Total8.0944460---
          PITCHERSIP
          T. Thornton (L, 0-2)4.2
          E. Luciano1.1
          J. Guerra2.0
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          J. Odorizzi (W, 1-2)5.26111604.761.1817.0
          A. Mejia (H, 2)1.11000008.001.562.0
          T. Rogers (H, 4)1.01000201.041.383.0
          B. Parker (S, 4)1.00000201.421.1111.0
          Total9.08111100---
          PITCHERSIP
          J. Odorizzi (W, 1-2)5.2
          A. Mejia (H, 2)1.1
          T. Rogers (H, 4)1.0
          B. Parker (S, 4)1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • WP - E. Luciano (2)
          • Pitches-Strikes - T. Thornton 93-56, E. Luciano 25-13, J. Guerra 22-17
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Thornton 4-6, E. Luciano 1-1, J. Guerra 1-3
          • Batters Faced - T. Thornton 22, E. Luciano 6, J. Guerra 7
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - J. Odorizzi 101-64, A. Mejia 11-6, T. Rogers 15-10, B. Parker 14-10
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Odorizzi 3-7, A. Mejia 2-1, B. Parker 1-0
          • Batters Faced - J. Odorizzi 23, A. Mejia 4, T. Rogers 4, B. Parker 3
          • 5TH INNING
            Gonzalez singled to left, Cruz scored, Cron to third14
          • 3RD INNING
            Cruz doubled to left center, Polanco scored13
          • 1ST INNING
            Rosario grounded out to shortstop, Polanco scored, Cruz out at second12
            Cruz singled to right center, Kepler scored, Polanco to third11
            Smoak singled to right center, Galvis scored10
          • 9TH INNING
            • Blake Parker relieved Taylor Rogers
            • T. Hernandez: Ball, Strike looking, Hernandez grounded out to second
            • R. Tellez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Tellez struck out looking
            • B. Drury: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Drury struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Taylor Rogers relieved Adalberto Mejia
            • E. Sogard: Ball, Sogard singled to center
            • F. Galvis: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Galvis struck out looking
            • R. Grichuk: Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Grichuk struck out swinging
            • J. Smoak: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Smoak lined out to center
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • J. Guerra Pitching:
            • C. Cron: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Cron fouled out to first
            • M. Gonzalez: Ball, Strike looking, Gonzalez reached on an infield single to second
            • J. Schoop: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul tip, Schoop struck out on foul tip
            • J. Castro: Ball, Strike looking, Castro flied out to deep center
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • A. Mejia Pitching:
            • B. Drury: Foul, Ball, Drury singled to left
            • B. McKinney: Ball, Ball, McKinney lined out to first, Drury out at first
            • L. Maile: Ball, Foul, Maile grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Javy Guerra relieved Elvis Luciano
            • J. Polanco: Strike looking, Polanco singled to center
            • N. Cruz: Ball, Cruz lined out to left
            • E. Rosario: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Foul, Rosario grounded out to shortstop, Polanco out at second
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • J. Odorizzi Pitching:
            • R. Grichuk: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Grichuk singled to deep left
            • J. Smoak: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Smoak flied out to left
            • T. Hernandez: Hernandez reached on fielder's choice to third, Grichuk out at second
            • Adalberto Mejia relieved Jake Odorizzi
            • R. Tellez: Ball, Tellez grounded out to pitcher
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • E. Luciano Pitching:
            • J. Castro: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Castro flied out to deep center
            • B. Buxton: Foul, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Buxton struck out swinging
            • M. Kepler: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Kepler struck out swinging
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • J. Odorizzi Pitching:
            • L. Maile: Maile lined out to center
            • E. Sogard: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Sogard lined out to right
            • F. Galvis: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Galvis reached on bunt single to pitcher
            • R. Grichuk: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Galvis caught stealing second, catcher to second
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • T. Thornton Pitching:
            • J. Polanco: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Strike looking, Polanco struck out looking
            • N. Cruz: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Cruz walked
            • E. Rosario: Strike swinging, Rosario lined out to third
            • Elvis Luciano relieved Trent Thornton
            • C. Cron: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Cron walked, Cruz to second
            • M. Gonzalez: Ball, Cruz to third, Cron to second on wild pitch, Gonzalez singled to left, Cruz scored, Cron to third
            • J. Schoop: Ball, Schoop grounded out to second
            • End of the 5th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • J. Odorizzi Pitching:
            • T. Hernandez: Strike looking, Hernandez singled to left
            • R. Tellez: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Tellez flied out to left
            • B. Drury: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Ball, Drury reached on fielder's choice to third, Hernandez out at second
            • B. McKinney: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, McKinney flied out to center
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • T. Thornton Pitching:
            • J. Castro: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Castro grounded out to second
            • B. Buxton: Strike looking, Foul, Buxton popped out to shortstop
            • M. Kepler: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Kepler struck out swinging
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • J. Odorizzi Pitching:
            • E. Sogard: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Sogard walked
            • F. Galvis: Ball, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Galvis reached on fielder's choice to second, Sogard out at second
            • R. Grichuk: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Grichuk struck out swinging
            • J. Smoak: Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Smoak struck out looking
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • T. Thornton Pitching:
            • J. Polanco: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Polanco doubled to deep right
            • N. Cruz: Ball, Ball, Cruz doubled to left center, Polanco scored
            • E. Rosario: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Rosario popped out to first
            • C. Cron: Strike looking, Foul, Cron grounded out to second, Cruz to third
            • M. Gonzalez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Gonzalez walked
            • J. Schoop: Ball, Strike looking, Schoop flied out to deep right
            • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • J. Odorizzi Pitching:
            • R. Tellez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Tellez struck out looking
            • B. Drury: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Drury struck out swinging
            • B. McKinney: Strike looking, Ball, McKinney singled to left
            • L. Maile: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Strike looking, Strike swinging, Maile struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • T. Thornton Pitching:
            • J. Schoop: Ball, Schoop flied out to deep right
            • J. Castro: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Castro singled to right
            • B. Buxton: Strike looking, Buxton flied out to left
            • M. Kepler: Kepler grounded out to first
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • J. Odorizzi Pitching:
            • E. Sogard: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Sogard struck out swinging
            • F. Galvis: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Galvis singled to right
            • R. Grichuk: Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Grichuk flied out to deep center, Galvis to second
            • J. Smoak: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Smoak singled to right center, Galvis scored
            • T. Hernandez: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Hernandez flied out to center
            • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • T. Thornton Pitching:
            • M. Kepler: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Kepler doubled to deep right
            • J. Polanco: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Polanco walked
            • N. Cruz: Ball, Strike swinging, Kepler to third, Polanco to second on passed ball, Ball, Ball, Cruz singled to right center, Kepler scored, Polanco to third
            • E. Rosario: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Rosario grounded out to shortstop, Polanco scored, Cruz out at second
            • C. Cron: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Cron singled to center
            • M. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Gonzalez struck out swinging
            • End of the 1st (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)