Polanco has 4 hits, 4 RBIs in Twins' 9-5 win over Astros

HOUSTON (AP) After Jorge Polanco's start to the season, Twins manager Rocco Baldelli is running out of things to say about his young shortstop.

Polanco had four hits, including a two-run homer, and drove in four runs to lead Minnesota to its fourth straight win, 9-5 over the Houston Astros on Monday night.

''We talk about him being hot, yeah he's swinging the bat well, but it's the quality of his (at-bats),'' Baldelli said. ''We talk about it every day before the game and every day after the game. He gives himself an opportunity because he swings at good pitches and he finds a way to get the barrel on the ball on a very consistent basis.''

Polanco is hitting .392. Three of his hits and all of his RBIs Monday came with two outs.

''It makes me feel good,'' Polanco said through a translator. ''Sometimes with two outs, you miss those opportunities, but I was grateful I was able to come through today.''

Max Kepler and Nelson Cruz had RBI singles around Polanco's two-run single in a four-run sixth as the Twins built a 7-1 lead. Polanco homered in the eighth.

C.J. Cron put Minnesota ahead with a two-run double in the first, and Jason Castro led off the second with a home run that boosted the lead to 3-0.

''I think we are starting to show that we are a pretty good team, too,'' starter Jake Odorizzi said. ''The way we played tonight, I think we had six of the runs with two outs. Getting the big hits at the right time kind of energizes a team more so than putting them together early on.''

Odorizzi (2-2) won his second straight start, allowing two runs and eight hits in 5 2/3 innings.

''Everything was working well off each other,'' Odorizzi said. ''I thought we mixed really well trying to keep them off balance in between swings.''

Houston has lost four of five since a 10-game winning streak. Brad Peacock (2-1) gave up three runs and five hits in six innings. Following a pair of relief appearances, he made his first start since April 7.

''It's a few games in a row for us where we really haven't gotten into the game very easily,'' Houston manager AJ Hinch said. ''I was happy with how he (Peacock) responded to it and got through five innings.''

Josh Reddick hit an RBI single that cut Minnesota's lead to 3-1 in the fourth, then was thrown out at the plate trying to score on Tyler White's two-out double as second baseman Jonathan Schoop made the relay from left fielder Eddie Rosario.

Carlos Correa pulled the Astros to 7-5 with a three-run homer in the seventh off Ryne Harper.

''I think if we get past the point of the first where we're not down, I think we have a good shot going into it,'' Reddick said. ''This thing will pass.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Twins: Kepler returned to the lineup after missing the previous series against Baltimore with an illness. RHP Blake Parker, who also had been ill, pitched the ninth in his first appearance since Wednesday.

GONZALEZ RETURNS

Marwin Gonzalez, who played his first seven seasons with the Astros, played in Houston for the first time since signing with the Twins as a free agent in the offseason. The Astros honored Gonzalez, who still calls Houston home, with a pregame video. Gonzalez came onto the field, waved his hat to fans and pointed to his chest as the crowd gave him an ovation.

UP NEXT

Twins RHP Michael Pineda (2-1) looks to rebound Tuesday after allowing six runs in 3 2/3 innings against Toronto last Thursday. Astros LHP Wade Miley (1-2, 3.32) has allowed three runs or fewer in his last 20 starts.

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MIN13-7
2100040209121
HOU13-9
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  • W: J. Odorizzi (2-2)L: B. Peacock (2-1)
  • HR: MIN - J. Castro (1), J. Polanco (4), HOU - M. Brantley (4), C. Correa (4)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Kepler RF32110201.246.338.431.7696.0
J. Polanco SS52441001.392.452.7161.16914.0
N. Cruz DH51210012.315.439.556.9953.5
E. Rosario LF51100002.275.318.663.9802.0
C. Cron 1B50120011.262.308.459.7673.5
M. Gonzalez 3B40000110.190.266.259.5240.5
J. Schoop 2B41100012.269.329.522.8512.5
J. Castro C22111200.227.414.409.8239.0
B. Buxton CF40100013.281.333.500.833-0.5
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    G. Springer CF51100002.273.363.557.9202.0
    J. Altuve 2B50100002.291.340.593.9331.0
    A. Bregman 3B41100102.314.430.543.9733.0
    M. Brantley LF52211004.310.366.512.8778.0
    C. Correa SS51131022.257.329.514.8437.0
    Y. Gurriel DH40000001.275.337.438.7750.0
    J. Reddick RF40310000.365.403.476.8794.0
    T. White 1B20200200.257.395.314.7105.0
    R. Chirinos C30000015.255.355.490.8450.5
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Polanco (6), C. Cron (3), J. Schoop (5)
      • HR - J. Polanco (4), J. Castro
      • RBI - M. Kepler (9), J. Polanco 4 (9), N. Cruz (13), C. Cron 2 (11), J. Castro (2)
      • 2-Out RBI - M. Kepler (5), J. Polanco 4 (7), N. Cruz (5), C. Cron 2 (4)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Kepler, N. Cruz, E. Rosario, C. Cron, J. Schoop 2 (2)
      BATTING
      • 2B - T. White (2)
      • HR - M. Brantley (4), C. Correa (4)
      • RBI - M. Brantley (15), C. Correa 3 (12), J. Reddick (4)
      • 2-Out RBI - C. Correa 3 (4), J. Reddick
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - G. Springer, A. Bregman, M. Brantley, C. Correa, T. White, R. Chirinos 4 (4)
      BASERUNNING
      • CS - B. Buxton
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - E. Rosario (3)
      • E - M. Gonzalez (2)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Altuve-Correa-White)
      • E - J. Reddick
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Odorizzi (W, 2-2)5.28220214.371.2413.0
      T. May0.10001003.861.50-1.0
      R. Harper1.02331012.891.07-3.0
      A. Mejia1.00001107.201.502.5
      B. Parker1.01000001.231.092.0
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Odorizzi (W, 2-2)5.2
      T. May0.1
      R. Harper1.0
      A. Mejia1.0
      B. Parker1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      B. Peacock (L, 2-1)5.06333214.291.05-1.0
      J. James2.04431307.111.42-0.5
      C. Devenski1.02221014.151.50-2.0
      R. Osuna1.00000000.960.213.0
      PITCHERSIP
      B. Peacock (L, 2-1)5.0
      J. James2.0
      C. Devenski1.0
      R. Osuna1.0
      PITCHING
      • HBP - J. Odorizzi
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Odorizzi 100-63, T. May 8-3, R. Harper 24-16, A. Mejia 20-12, B. Parker 14-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Odorizzi 4-10, R. Harper 1-2, B. Parker 3-0
      • Batters Faced - J. Odorizzi 25, T. May 2, R. Harper 6, A. Mejia 4, B. Parker 4
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - B. Peacock 84-54, J. James 45-26, C. Devenski 15-7, R. Osuna 10-8
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Peacock 8-4, J. James 1-2, R. Osuna 3-0
      • Batters Faced - B. Peacock 23, J. James 11, C. Devenski 5, R. Osuna 3
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      MIN13-7
      2100040209121
      HOU13-9
      0001013005111
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      M. Kepler RF32110201.246.338.431.7696.0
      J. Polanco SS52441001.392.452.7161.16914.0
      N. Cruz DH51210012.315.439.556.9953.5
      E. Rosario LF51100002.275.318.663.9802.0
      C. Cron 1B50120011.262.308.459.7673.5
      M. Gonzalez 3B40000110.190.266.259.5240.5
      J. Schoop 2B41100012.269.329.522.8512.5
      J. Castro C22111200.227.414.409.8239.0
      B. Buxton CF40100013.281.333.500.833-0.5
      Total37912925512-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        G. Springer CF51100002.273.363.557.9202.0
        J. Altuve 2B50100002.291.340.593.9331.0
        A. Bregman 3B41100102.314.430.543.9733.0
        M. Brantley LF52211004.310.366.512.8778.0
        C. Correa SS51131022.257.329.514.8437.0
        Y. Gurriel DH40000001.275.337.438.7750.0
        J. Reddick RF40310000.365.403.476.8794.0
        T. White 1B20200200.257.395.314.7105.0
        R. Chirinos C30000015.255.355.490.8450.5
        Total37511523318-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - J. Polanco (6), C. Cron (3), J. Schoop (5)
          • HR - J. Polanco (4), J. Castro
          • RBI - M. Kepler (9), J. Polanco 4 (9), N. Cruz (13), C. Cron 2 (11), J. Castro (2)
          • 2-Out RBI - M. Kepler (5), J. Polanco 4 (7), N. Cruz (5), C. Cron 2 (4)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Kepler, N. Cruz, E. Rosario, C. Cron, J. Schoop 2 (2)
          BATTING
          • 2B - T. White (2)
          • HR - M. Brantley (4), C. Correa (4)
          • RBI - M. Brantley (15), C. Correa 3 (12), J. Reddick (4)
          • 2-Out RBI - C. Correa 3 (4), J. Reddick
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - G. Springer, A. Bregman, M. Brantley, C. Correa, T. White, R. Chirinos 4 (4)
          BASERUNNING
          • CS - B. Buxton
          FIELDING
          • Outfield Assist - E. Rosario (3)
          • E - M. Gonzalez (2)
          FIELDING
          • DP - (Altuve-Correa-White)
          • E - J. Reddick
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          J. Odorizzi (W, 2-2)5.28220214.371.2413.0
          T. May0.10001003.861.50-1.0
          R. Harper1.02331012.891.07-3.0
          A. Mejia1.00001107.201.502.5
          B. Parker1.01000001.231.092.0
          Total9.01155332---
          PITCHERSIP
          J. Odorizzi (W, 2-2)5.2
          T. May0.1
          R. Harper1.0
          A. Mejia1.0
          B. Parker1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          B. Peacock (L, 2-1)5.06333214.291.05-1.0
          J. James2.04431307.111.42-0.5
          C. Devenski1.02221014.151.50-2.0
          R. Osuna1.00000000.960.213.0
          Total9.01298552---
          PITCHERSIP
          B. Peacock (L, 2-1)5.0
          J. James2.0
          C. Devenski1.0
          R. Osuna1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • HBP - J. Odorizzi
          • Pitches-Strikes - J. Odorizzi 100-63, T. May 8-3, R. Harper 24-16, A. Mejia 20-12, B. Parker 14-9
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Odorizzi 4-10, R. Harper 1-2, B. Parker 3-0
          • Batters Faced - J. Odorizzi 25, T. May 2, R. Harper 6, A. Mejia 4, B. Parker 4
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - B. Peacock 84-54, J. James 45-26, C. Devenski 15-7, R. Osuna 10-8
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Peacock 8-4, J. James 1-2, R. Osuna 3-0
          • Batters Faced - B. Peacock 23, J. James 11, C. Devenski 5, R. Osuna 3
          • 8TH INNING
            Polanco homered to right, Kepler scored95
          • 7TH INNING
            Correa homered to left center, Springer and Bregman scored75
          • 6TH INNING
            Brantley homered to right72
            Cruz reached on an infield single to shortstop, Polanco scored71
            Polanco singled to right, Castro and Kepler scored, Polanco to third on right fielder Reddick fielding error61
            Kepler singled to right center, Schoop scored, Castro to third, Kepler to second41
          • 4TH INNING
            Reddick singled to left center, Brantley scored31
          • 2ND INNING
            Castro homered to right center30
          • 1ST INNING
            Cron doubled to deep right center, Cruz and Rosario scored20
          • 9TH INNING
            • Roberto Osuna relieved Chris Devenski
            • E. Rosario: Foul, Foul, Ball, Rosario grounded out to first
            • C. Cron: Foul, Foul, Cron grounded out to shortstop
            • M. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Ball, Gonzalez grounded out to pitcher
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Blake Parker relieved Adalberto Mejia
            • J. Altuve: Strike looking, Altuve grounded bunt out to pitcher
            • A. Bregman: Foul, Ball, Ball, Bregman singled to left
            • M. Brantley: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Brantley grounded out to catcher, Bregman to second
            • C. Correa: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Correa grounded out to first
            • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Chris Devenski relieved Josh James
            • J. Castro: Ball, Castro flied out to center
            • B. Buxton: Strike looking, Buxton singled to center
            • M. Kepler: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Buxton caught stealing second, catcher to shortstop, Ball, Ball, Kepler walked
            • J. Polanco: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Polanco homered to right, Kepler scored
            • N. Cruz: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Cruz flied out to deep center
            • Middle of the 8th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Adalberto Mejia relieved Ryne Harper
            • J. Reddick: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Reddick lined out to left
            • T. White: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, White walked
            • R. Chirinos: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Chirinos struck out swinging
            • G. Springer: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Springer flied out to right
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • J. James Pitching:
            • C. Cron: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Cron struck out swinging
            • M. Gonzalez: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Gonzalez struck out swinging
            • J. Schoop: Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Schoop struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Ryne Harper relieved Trevor May
            • G. Springer: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Springer reached on an infield single to third, Springer to second on 3rd baseman Gonzalez throwing error
            • J. Altuve: Altuve grounded out to third
            • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Bregman walked
            • M. Brantley: Strike looking, Strike looking, Brantley lined out to left
            • C. Correa: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Correa homered to left center, Springer and Bregman scored
            • Y. Gurriel: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Gurriel lined out to center
            • End of the 7th (3 Runs, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
          • 6TH INNING
            • Josh James relieved Brad Peacock
            • M. Gonzalez: Ball, Ball, Gonzalez popped out to shortstop
            • J. Schoop: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Schoop doubled to deep center
            • J. Castro: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Castro walked
            • B. Buxton: Ball, Buxton flied out to deep left
            • M. Kepler: Strike looking, Foul, Kepler singled to right center, Schoop scored, Castro to third, Kepler to second
            • J. Polanco: Foul, Ball, Polanco singled to right, Castro and Kepler scored, Polanco to third on right fielder Reddick fielding error
            • N. Cruz: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Cruz reached on an infield single to shortstop, Polanco scored
            • E. Rosario: Rosario grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 6th (4 Runs, 3 Hits, 2 Errors)
            • J. Odorizzi Pitching:
            • M. Brantley: Strike looking, Ball, Brantley homered to right
            • C. Correa: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Correa struck out swinging
            • Y. Gurriel: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Gurriel lined out to first
            • J. Reddick: Foul, Reddick singled to center
            • Trevor May relieved Jake Odorizzi
            • T. White: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, White walked, Reddick to second
            • R. Chirinos: Strike looking, Ball, Chirinos flied out to deep left
            • End of the 6th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • B. Peacock Pitching:
            • J. Polanco: Strike looking, Ball, Polanco singled to center
            • N. Cruz: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Cruz struck out swinging
            • E. Rosario: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Rosario grounded out to second, Polanco to second
            • C. Cron: Cron grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • J. Odorizzi Pitching:
            • R. Chirinos: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Chirinos hit by pitch
            • G. Springer: Springer lined out to center
            • J. Altuve: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Altuve popped out to second
            • A. Bregman: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Bregman flied out to right
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • B. Peacock Pitching:
            • J. Schoop: Strike swinging, Schoop grounded out to third
            • J. Castro: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Castro walked
            • B. Buxton: Ball, Buxton flied out to left
            • M. Kepler: Ball, Kepler grounded out to first
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Odorizzi Pitching:
            • M. Brantley: Brantley reached on bunt single to shortstop
            • C. Correa: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Correa grounded out to third, Brantley to second
            • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Strike looking, Gurriel grounded out to third
            • J. Reddick: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Reddick singled to left center, Brantley scored
            • T. White: Ball, Foul, White doubled to left center, Reddick out at home
            • End of the 4th (1 Run, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • B. Peacock Pitching:
            • E. Rosario: Strike looking, Rosario flied out to right
            • C. Cron: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Cron grounded out to third
            • M. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Gonzalez grounded out to pitcher
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • J. Odorizzi Pitching:
            • G. Springer: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Springer grounded out to second
            • J. Altuve: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Altuve grounded out to shortstop
            • A. Bregman: Ball, Ball, Bregman popped out to first
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • B. Peacock Pitching:
            • J. Castro: Castro homered to right center
            • B. Buxton: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Buxton struck out swinging
            • M. Kepler: Kepler flied out to deep right
            • J. Polanco: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Polanco doubled to deep left
            • N. Cruz: Cruz flied out to shallow right
            • Middle of the 2nd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Odorizzi Pitching:
            • C. Correa: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Correa struck out looking
            • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Gurriel lined out to center
            • J. Reddick: Reddick singled to center
            • T. White: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, White singled to right, Reddick to third
            • R. Chirinos: Chirinos popped out to first
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • B. Peacock Pitching:
            • M. Kepler: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Kepler walked
            • J. Polanco: Strike looking, Polanco grounded out to shortstop, Kepler out at second
            • N. Cruz: Ball, Ball, Ball, Cruz reached on an infield single to third
            • E. Rosario: Ball, Strike looking, Rosario singled to right, Cruz to third
            • C. Cron: Foul, Foul, Cron doubled to deep right center, Cruz and Rosario scored
            • M. Gonzalez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Gonzalez walked
            • J. Schoop: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Schoop grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 1st (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
            • J. Odorizzi Pitching:
            • G. Springer: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Springer lined out to center
            • J. Altuve: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Altuve singled to right center
            • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Bregman flied out to center
            • M. Brantley: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Brantley flied out to deep center
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)