Pérez shuts down Mariners, Twins keep rolling with 7-1 win

SEATTLE (AP) In his first season with Minnesota, Martin Perez has rewritten the scouting report of his tendencies on the mound.

By doing so, he's become a challenge for batters to solve, especially for teams that saw plenty of Perez when he was with Texas.

The Seattle Mariners became the latest to struggle against Perez's new approach. The left-hander rebounded from his first loss of the season to overpower Seattle into the seventh inning, Max Kepler drove in three and the Twins beat the Mariners 7-1 Friday night for their fourth straight victory.

Perez (6-1) was knocked around for three earned runs and lasted just five innings in his last outing. But the lefty became the third Minnesota pitcher with six victories, joining Jose Berrios and Jake Odorizzi, as he worked free from a jam in the first inning and avoided trouble the rest of the way.

''I think I changed my plan when I go to the mound. That's all about it,'' Perez said. ''The year before I just throw two-seam (fastballs) and down-and-away changeup. Now I've got my cutter in, I'm pounding in with my fastball and then come back with my changeup down-and-away. I think how I move the ball around the plate is good right now.''

Perez allowed five hits and struck out seven while matching a season high with four walks over 6 2/3 innings. Seattle's run came when Edwin Encarnacion's two-out RBI single in the sixth inning barely cleared the glove of shortstop Jorge Polanco. The Mariners had a chance to get to Perez early but left runners at second and third in the first inning after consecutive strikeouts of Domingo Santana and Ryon Healy.

In his seven starts since joining the Twins rotation, Perez has a 2.01 ERA in 44 2/3 innings.

''It was a good consistent tight zone behind the plate and it forced Martin to keep the ball on the plate and I think he's capable of doing that,'' Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said. ''His ability to command all of his pitches, I consider him not just above average but exceptional in that regard. He'll be able to work under any circumstances that he has to and he was able to do that again tonight.''

Seattle starter Marco Gonzales (5-3) lost his third straight decision. He retired the first seven before Ehire Adrianza's solo home run in the third inning. The Twins battered Gonzales for five runs and seven hits in the fourth and fifth innings. Kepler had the last of four straight hits in the fourth inning to drive in a run and added a two-out, two-run single in the fifth inning.

The five earned runs were a season-high allowed by Gonzales.

''We've got a long season to go. I don't think there's any panic, we have a lot of baseball to play,'' Gonzales said. ''I'm not looking at April success versus May success, I'm looking at the next start and how I can get better.''

DOUBLING UP

Encarnacion hit the 350th double of his career in the first inning, although the ground-rule double bouncing over the wall ended up costing Seattle a run. He joined Albert Pujols and Miguel Cabrera as only active players with at least 350 doubles and at least 350 home runs.

HOMER STREAK

Adrianza's home run extended Minnesota's streak of consecutive games with a homer to 12, its longest of the season. It's the longest streak for the Twins since homering in 16 straight games in September 2017.

ROSTER SHUFFLING

Seattle made a flurry of roster moves mostly to bolster arms in the bullpen. The Mariners recalled right-hander Matt Festa and selection righty Ryan Garton from Triple-A Tacoma. Starter Erik Swanson was optioned to Tacoma and left-handed specialist Zac Rosscup was designated for assignment. The move to option Swanson leaves a hole in Seattle's rotation, and manager Scott Servais was unsure whether it would be a bullpen day or if a starter would be called up from the minors the next time Swanson was scheduled to pitch.

Seattle also claimed RHP Andrew Moore off waivers from San Francisco and designated for assignment RHP Nick Rumbelow. Moore was assigned to Double-A Arkansas.

UP NEXT

Twins: Berrios (6-2) had a five-game win streak snapped in his last start against the Angels when he allowed a career-high 12 hits in 5 2/3 innings. Berrios is 1-2 in three career starts vs. Seattle.

Mariners: Wade LeBlanc (2-0) is expected to be activated off the injured list and make his first start in more than a month. LeBlanc suffered a strained oblique on April 12.

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  • W: M. Perez (6-1)L: M. Gonzales (5-3)
  • HR: MIN - E. Adrianza (3)
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    D. Santana LF40000016.269.340.473.812-0.5
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    T. Beckham 3B40000000.253.309.493.8020.0
    J. Crawford SS40100020.222.250.407.6571.0
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      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Schoop (12)
      • HR - E. Adrianza (3)
      • SF - W. Astudillo (4), E. Adrianza (2)
      • RBI - J. Schoop (19), W. Astudillo (9), M. Kepler 3 (23), E. Adrianza 2 (7)
      • 2-Out RBI - J. Schoop (4), M. Kepler 2 (10)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Schoop, M. Gonzalez, M. Sano, B. Buxton 2 (2)
      BATTING
      • 2B - E. Encarnacion (3), J. Crawford (2)
      • RBI - E. Encarnacion (29)
      • 2-Out RBI - E. Encarnacion (13)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - E. Encarnacion, D. Santana 4 (4), R. Healy 2 (2), T. Murphy
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - D. Gordon (12)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Schoop-Cron)
      FIELDING
      • E - D. Santana (7)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Perez (W, 6-1)6.25114702.891.2621.5
      M. Magill1.10001202.001.223.0
      M. Morin1.00000001.500.503.0
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Perez (W, 6-1)6.2
      M. Magill1.1
      M. Morin1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Gonzales (L, 5-3)5.08652313.651.35-3.5
      A. Adams2.00000404.501.008.0
      M. Festa2.02110206.001.674.0
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Gonzales (L, 5-3)5.0
      A. Adams2.0
      M. Festa2.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Perez 103-64, M. Magill 16-9, M. Morin 6-5
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Perez 10-2, M. Magill 1-1, M. Morin 2-1
      • Batters Faced - M. Perez 28, M. Magill 5, M. Morin 3
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Gonzales 78-51, A. Adams 27-19, M. Festa 28-20
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Gonzales 5-7, A. Adams 2-0, M. Festa 2-2
      • Batters Faced - M. Gonzales 25, A. Adams 6, M. Festa 8
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      J. Schoop 2B50110012.269.312.476.7882.5
      M. Gonzalez LF52200011.239.320.351.6713.5
      C. Cron 1B32100110.261.327.500.8273.5
      W. Astudillo C30110000.279.284.456.7402.0
      M. Kepler RF40230000.239.313.458.7715.0
      M. Sano DH40000034.222.222.444.667-1.5
      E. Adrianza 3B32221010.200.308.354.6628.5
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        D. Gordon 2B41200001.301.331.397.7285.0
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        E. Encarnacion DH30210111.229.356.484.8404.5
        D. Santana LF40000016.269.340.473.812-0.5
        R. Healy 1B40000022.233.290.465.755-1.0
        T. Beckham 3B40000000.253.309.493.8020.0
        J. Crawford SS40100020.222.250.407.6571.0
        T. Murphy C40000021.283.327.478.805-1.0
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          BATTING
          • 2B - J. Schoop (12)
          • HR - E. Adrianza (3)
          • SF - W. Astudillo (4), E. Adrianza (2)
          • RBI - J. Schoop (19), W. Astudillo (9), M. Kepler 3 (23), E. Adrianza 2 (7)
          • 2-Out RBI - J. Schoop (4), M. Kepler 2 (10)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Schoop, M. Gonzalez, M. Sano, B. Buxton 2 (2)
          BATTING
          • 2B - E. Encarnacion (3), J. Crawford (2)
          • RBI - E. Encarnacion (29)
          • 2-Out RBI - E. Encarnacion (13)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - E. Encarnacion, D. Santana 4 (4), R. Healy 2 (2), T. Murphy
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - D. Gordon (12)
          FIELDING
          • DP - (Schoop-Cron)
          FIELDING
          • E - D. Santana (7)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          M. Perez (W, 6-1)6.25114702.891.2621.5
          M. Magill1.10001202.001.223.0
          M. Morin1.00000001.500.503.0
          Total9.0511590---
          PITCHERSIP
          M. Perez (W, 6-1)6.2
          M. Magill1.1
          M. Morin1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          M. Gonzales (L, 5-3)5.08652313.651.35-3.5
          A. Adams2.00000404.501.008.0
          M. Festa2.02110206.001.674.0
          Total9.01076291---
          PITCHERSIP
          M. Gonzales (L, 5-3)5.0
          A. Adams2.0
          M. Festa2.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - M. Perez 103-64, M. Magill 16-9, M. Morin 6-5
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Perez 10-2, M. Magill 1-1, M. Morin 2-1
          • Batters Faced - M. Perez 28, M. Magill 5, M. Morin 3
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - M. Gonzales 78-51, A. Adams 27-19, M. Festa 28-20
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Gonzales 5-7, A. Adams 2-0, M. Festa 2-2
          • Batters Faced - M. Gonzales 25, A. Adams 6, M. Festa 8
          • 9TH INNING
            Schoop doubled to right center, Adrianza scored71
          • 5TH INNING
            Encarnacion reached on an infield single to shortstop, Gordon scored, Haniger to second61
            Kepler singled to center, Gonzalez and Cron scored60
            Astudillo hit sacrifice fly to left, Polanco scored, Gonzalez to third, Cron to second on left fielder Santana throwing error40
          • 4TH INNING
            Adrianza hit sacrifice fly to center, Cron scored, Astudillo to third, Kepler to second30
            Kepler singled to center, Gonzalez scored, Cron to third, Astudillo to second20
          • 3RD INNING
            Adrianza homered to left10
          • 9TH INNING
            • M. Festa Pitching:
            • E. Adrianza: Ball, Ball, Adrianza singled to left
            • B. Buxton: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Buxton grounded out to shortstop, Adrianza to second
            • J. Polanco: Strike looking, Ball, Polanco lined out to center
            • J. Schoop: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Schoop doubled to right center, Adrianza scored
            • M. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Gonzalez struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 9th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Mike Morin relieved Matt Magill
            • J. Crawford: Foul, Crawford flied out to center
            • T. Murphy: Foul, Murphy grounded out to third
            • M. Smith: Ball, Smith grounded out to first
            • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Matthew Festa relieved Austin Adams
            • W. Astudillo: Foul, Astudillo fouled out to third
            • M. Kepler: Ball, Strike swinging, Kepler grounded out to first
            • M. Sano: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Sano struck out looking
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Magill Pitching:
            • D. Santana: Santana flied out to right
            • R. Healy: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Healy struck out on foul tip
            • T. Beckham: Ball, Strike looking, Beckham grounded out to third
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • A. Adams Pitching:
            • J. Schoop: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Schoop grounded out to shortstop
            • M. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Gonzalez grounded out to second
            • C. Cron: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Cron struck out looking
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Perez Pitching:
            • M. Smith: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Smith walked
            • D. Gordon: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Gordon grounded into double play second to first, Smith out at second
            • Matt Magill relieved Martin Perez
            • M. Haniger: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Haniger walked
            • E. Encarnacion: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Encarnacion struck out swinging
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • Austin Adams relieved Marco Gonzales
            • E. Adrianza: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Strike looking, Adrianza struck out looking
            • B. Buxton: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Buxton struck out looking
            • J. Polanco: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Polanco struck out looking
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Perez Pitching:
            • R. Healy: Foul, Healy grounded out to second
            • T. Beckham: Strike looking, Ball, Beckham grounded out to first
            • J. Crawford: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Crawford doubled to left
            • T. Murphy: Murphy grounded out to pitcher
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • M. Gonzales Pitching:
            • J. Polanco: Strike looking, Ball, Polanco singled to shallow right
            • J. Schoop: Foul, Foul, Schoop lined out to right
            • M. Gonzalez: Ball, Ball, Gonzalez reached on an infield single to shortstop, Polanco to second
            • C. Cron: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Cron walked, Polanco to third, Gonzalez to second
            • W. Astudillo: Ball, Ball, Astudillo hit sacrifice fly to left, Polanco scored, Gonzalez to third, Cron to second on left fielder Santana throwing error
            • M. Kepler: Kepler singled to center, Gonzalez and Cron scored
            • M. Sano: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Sano struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 5th (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Perez Pitching:
            • T. Murphy: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Murphy struck out swinging
            • M. Smith: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Smith struck out swinging
            • D. Gordon: Gordon singled to center
            • M. Haniger: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Haniger walked, Gordon to second
            • E. Encarnacion: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Encarnacion reached on an infield single to shortstop, Gordon scored, Haniger to second
            • D. Santana: Strike looking, Foul, Santana lined out to right
            • End of the 5th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • M. Gonzales Pitching:
            • M. Gonzalez: Gonzalez singled to center
            • C. Cron: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Cron singled to center, Gonzalez to second
            • W. Astudillo: Astudillo singled to shallow right, Gonzalez to third, Cron to second
            • M. Kepler: Strike looking, Kepler singled to center, Gonzalez scored, Cron to third, Astudillo to second
            • M. Sano: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Sano struck out swinging
            • E. Adrianza: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Adrianza hit sacrifice fly to center, Cron scored, Astudillo to third, Kepler to second
            • B. Buxton: Strike swinging, Buxton grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 4th (2 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Perez Pitching:
            • R. Healy: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Healy grounded out to second
            • T. Beckham: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Beckham grounded out to pitcher
            • J. Crawford: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Crawford struck out looking
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • M. Gonzales Pitching:
            • M. Sano: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Sano grounded out to pitcher
            • E. Adrianza: Adrianza homered to left
            • B. Buxton: Strike looking, Buxton flied out to left
            • J. Polanco: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Polanco walked
            • J. Schoop: Strike swinging, Schoop flied out to deep right
            • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • M. Perez Pitching:
            • M. Smith: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Smith grounded out to third
            • D. Gordon: Strike looking, Ball, Gordon singled to center
            • M. Haniger: Haniger flied out to center
            • E. Encarnacion: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Gordon stole second, Ball, Ball, Encarnacion walked
            • D. Santana: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Santana reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Encarnacion out at second
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • M. Gonzales Pitching:
            • C. Cron: Cron grounded out to third
            • W. Astudillo: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Astudillo grounded out to shortstop
            • M. Kepler: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Kepler flied out to deep right
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Perez Pitching:
            • T. Beckham: Foul, Beckham grounded out to pitcher
            • J. Crawford: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Crawford struck out looking
            • T. Murphy: Strike looking, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Strike looking, Murphy struck out looking
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • M. Gonzales Pitching:
            • J. Polanco: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Polanco flied out to deep center
            • J. Schoop: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Schoop struck out swinging
            • M. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Gonzalez grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Perez Pitching:
            • D. Gordon: Ball, Gordon grounded out to shortstop
            • M. Haniger: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Haniger walked
            • E. Encarnacion: Strike looking, Strike looking, Encarnacion doubled to deep right center, Haniger to third
            • D. Santana: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Santana struck out swinging
            • R. Healy: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Healy struck out swinging
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)