Odorizzi, two more homers give Twins 7-0 win over White Sox

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Jake Odorizzi was at 93 pitches, had struck out the last four batters he faced and retired eight in a row when Minnesota Twins manager Rocco Baldelli surprisingly emerged from the dugout to pull his starter one out into the sixth inning.

The pitcher, along with Max Kepler where dealing with an illness. It was hard to tell as Odorizzi dazzled again and Kepler hit a three-run homer an estimated 429 feet into the wall of juniper bushes in center field to help the Twins win 7-0 over the Chicago White Sox on Sunday.

''Sometimes you see some of the best performers play at their best when they're sick,'' Kepler said. ''Michael Jordan, when he was sick in that playoff game. I don't know what it is. Maybe, just calmer. I don't know.''

Eddie Rosario hit his 16th home run - which is second in the American League to Houston's George Springer - for three runs to cap a four-run third inning against Chicago starter Dylan Covey. Kepler's 12th homer was No. 104 for the Twins, which leads the majors. They also own the top home run differential at plus-43.

Minnesota has won 11 of its past 12 games and swept a series for the seventh time this season. The Twins swept eight series all of last season.

Odorizzi (7-2) allowed one hit in 5 1/3 scoreless innings to win his seventh straight decision, and he finished without allowing a run for the fifth time in his past six starts. He combined with four relievers for Minnesota's sixth shutout of the season.

''It just kind of caught up with me in about the fourth inning on, getting the breathing going and my throat has a little mucus, that sort of thing,'' Odorizzi said. ''I was having trouble just getting a deep breath and then felt like I was choking afterwards because of all the drainage going on. It's been like this way for a few days, so I think I'm on the uphill part of it.''

The Twins' surge to the best record in the majors has been powered by the best offense in baseball, but Odorizzi and the team's starters have done their part. Minnesota entered the day with a 3.57 ERA from its starters, the third-best mark in the majors.

''I think their pitching staff is doing a fine job,'' Chicago manager Rick Renteria said. ''Some of the arms they're throwing in the back of the pen right now and in the middle of games, they've got some pretty good arms. They're kind of running hot, but it's a talented group.''

Odorizzi has given up three runs in his past 35 2/3 innings for a 0.76 ERA and he's struck out 38 batters over that span. In six starts at home this season, the right-hander has given up five runs in 36 1/3 innings.

He struck out nine batters on Saturday, while the White Sox tied a season high with 16 strikeouts. They were outscored 26-5 in the three-game series.

ONE TOUGH INNING

Covey (0-4) allowed four runs in six innings on three hits and two walks. The only runs he surrendered came in the third, including an RBI double by Kepler over the head of center fielder Charlie Tilson that Tilson misjudged.

''I felt really good today,'' Covey said. ''Just that one inning I just made a mistake to a really good hitter with a man on base and he didn't miss it. Other than that, it was kind of smooth sailing for me.''

GET TO KNOW THEM

Minnesota's success didn't translate much to Target Field attendance in the early going, possibly due to unseasonably cool weather. A return home after a strong West Coast road trip coupled with warmer temperatures brought the fans out for the weekend series.

Sunday marked the team's second straight sellout and second since Opening Day. It's the first time Minnesota has had back-to-back sellouts since June 20-21, 2015 against the Chicago Cubs. The crowd of 39,913 was the most at Target Field since Opening Day 2016. The Twins reported walk-up sales of 2,593 on Sunday.

TRAINER'S ROOM

White Sox: SS Tim Anderson was a late scratch from the lineup for the second straight day as he deals with a laceration on his right hand and right wrist soreness. Anderson was hit in the hand by a pitch on Friday. He said prior to the game that he was ready to go but was later scratched. . OF Leury Garcia was also a late scratch on Sunday due to right shoulder soreness.

UP NEXT

White Sox: RHP Ivan Nova (3-4, 6.96 ERA) starts Monday as Chicago returns home against Kansas City. Nova is 0-2 and has allowed 20 earned runs in 11 innings pitched at home this season. He's coming off a win at Houston when he gave up three runs in seven innings. The Royals counter with RHP Homer Bailey (4-5, 6.13).

Twins: RHP Michael Pineda (4-3, 5.43) draws the start Monday as Minnesota opens a two-game series with Milwaukee, which sends LHP Gio Gonzalez (2-1, 2.39) to the mound. Pineda has won his last two starts and has three quality starts in a row, giving up three runs in each start over that span.

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  • W: J. Odorizzi (7-2)L: D. Covey (0-4)
  • HR: MIN - E. Rosario (16), M. Kepler (12)
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J. Rondon SS30000122.194.237.319.5560.0
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      BATTING
      • 2B - Y. Alonso (5)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - Y. Moncada 2 (2), J. Abreu 2 (2), Y. Sanchez 2 (2), S. Zavala 2 (2)
      BATTING
      • 2B - M. Kepler (12)
      • HR - M. Kepler (12), E. Rosario (16)
      • RBI - M. Kepler 4 (33), E. Rosario 3 (45)
      • 2-Out RBI - M. Kepler 3 (18), E. Rosario 3 (13)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - E. Rosario
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - B. Buxton (9)
      FIELDING
      • E - S. Zavala
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      D. Covey (L, 0-4)6.03442615.471.417.0
      J. Osich1.03330114.961.22-2.5
      J. Minaya1.00000101.461.303.5
      PITCHERSIP
      D. Covey (L, 0-4)6.0
      J. Osich1.0
      J. Minaya1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Odorizzi (W, 7-2)5.11001902.160.9924.5
      M. Magill0.20000001.541.110.0
      T. May0.21001103.791.37-1.5
      T. Rogers (H, 8)0.10000001.311.310.0
      T. Duffey2.03001602.631.245.0
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Odorizzi (W, 7-2)5.1
      M. Magill0.2
      T. May0.2
      T. Rogers (H, 8)0.1
      T. Duffey2.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - D. Covey 90-60, J. Osich 21-16, J. Minaya 15-11
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Covey 6-6, J. Osich 2-0
      • Batters Faced - D. Covey 23, J. Osich 6, J. Minaya 3
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Odorizzi 93-58, M. Magill 5-4, T. May 19-11, T. Rogers 3-2, T. Duffey 38-29
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Odorizzi 1-6, M. Magill 2-0
      • Batters Faced - J. Odorizzi 18, M. Magill 2, T. May 4, T. Rogers, T. Duffey 10
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      J. Abreu DH30000132.263.318.522.840-0.5
      Y. Alonso 1B40100010.182.291.318.6081.5
      E. Jimenez LF40000012.217.259.406.665-0.5
      J. Rondon SS30000122.194.237.319.5560.0
      Y. Sanchez 2B30100112.225.313.295.6071.5
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          BATTING
          • 2B - Y. Alonso (5)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - Y. Moncada 2 (2), J. Abreu 2 (2), Y. Sanchez 2 (2), S. Zavala 2 (2)
          BATTING
          • 2B - M. Kepler (12)
          • HR - M. Kepler (12), E. Rosario (16)
          • RBI - M. Kepler 4 (33), E. Rosario 3 (45)
          • 2-Out RBI - M. Kepler 3 (18), E. Rosario 3 (13)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - E. Rosario
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - B. Buxton (9)
          FIELDING
          • E - S. Zavala
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          D. Covey (L, 0-4)6.03442615.471.417.0
          J. Osich1.03330114.961.22-2.5
          J. Minaya1.00000101.461.303.5
          Total8.0677282---
          PITCHERSIP
          D. Covey (L, 0-4)6.0
          J. Osich1.0
          J. Minaya1.0
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          J. Odorizzi (W, 7-2)5.11001902.160.9924.5
          M. Magill0.20000001.541.110.0
          T. May0.21001103.791.37-1.5
          T. Rogers (H, 8)0.10000001.311.310.0
          T. Duffey2.03001602.631.245.0
          Total9.05003160---
          PITCHERSIP
          J. Odorizzi (W, 7-2)5.1
          M. Magill0.2
          T. May0.2
          T. Rogers (H, 8)0.1
          T. Duffey2.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - D. Covey 90-60, J. Osich 21-16, J. Minaya 15-11
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Covey 6-6, J. Osich 2-0
          • Batters Faced - D. Covey 23, J. Osich 6, J. Minaya 3
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - J. Odorizzi 93-58, M. Magill 5-4, T. May 19-11, T. Rogers 3-2, T. Duffey 38-29
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Odorizzi 1-6, M. Magill 2-0
          • Batters Faced - J. Odorizzi 18, M. Magill 2, T. May 4, T. Rogers, T. Duffey 10
          • 7TH INNING
            Kepler homered to center, Castro and Buxton scored07
          • 3RD INNING
            Rosario homered to right, Kepler and Polanco scored04
            Kepler doubled to deep center, Buxton scored01
          • 9TH INNING
            • Ehire Adrianza in left field
            • Y. Alonso: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Alonso struck out swinging
            • E. Jimenez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Jimenez struck out swinging
            • Jo. Rondon: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Foul, Ball, Rondon walked
            • Y. Sanchez: Ball, Strike looking, Sanchez singled to shallow left, Rondon to second
            • S. Zavala: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Strike swinging, Zavala struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Tyler Duffey relieved Taylor Rogers
            • S. Zavala: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Zavala struck out swinging
            • R. Cordell: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Cordell struck out swinging
            • C. Tilson: Tilson singled to left
            • Y. Moncada: Strike swinging, Moncada singled to shallow right, Tilson to second
            • J. Abreu: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Abreu struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Juan Minaya relieved Josh Osich
            • M. Gonzalez: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Gonzalez fouled out to third
            • E. Rosario: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Rosario struck out swinging
            • C. Cron: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Cron flied out to right
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • Trevor May relieved Matt Magill
            • J. Abreu: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Abreu walked
            • Y. Alonso: Strike looking, Ball, Alonso doubled to deep right, Abreu to third
            • E. Jimenez: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike (foul tip), Jimenez lined out to right
            • Jo. Rondon: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Rondon struck out swinging
            • Taylor Rogers relieved Trevor May
            • Y. Sanchez: Foul, Ball, Sanchez flied out to left
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Josh Osich relieved Dylan Covey
            • L. Arraez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul tip, Arraez struck out on foul tip
            • W. Astudillo: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Astudillo singled to center
            • J. Castro: Castro singled to left center, Astudillo to third
            • B. Buxton: Foul, Pickoff attempt to first, Foul, Foul, Buxton reached on fielder's choice to third, Astudillo out at home, Castro to second
            • M. Kepler: Kepler homered to center, Castro and Buxton scored
            • J. Polanco: Strike looking, Foul, Polanco grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 7th (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • J. Odorizzi Pitching:
            • R. Cordell: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Cordell struck out looking
            • Matt Magill relieved Jake Odorizzi
            • C. Tilson: Ball, Tilson grounded out to first
            • Y. Moncada: Foul, Strike swinging, Moncada grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • D. Covey Pitching:
            • M. Gonzalez: Gonzalez flied out to shallow left
            • E. Rosario: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Rosario grounded out to first
            • C. Cron: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Cron struck out swinging
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • J. Odorizzi Pitching:
            • Jo. Rondon: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Rondon struck out swinging
            • Y. Sanchez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Sanchez struck out swinging
            • S. Zavala: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Zavala struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • D. Covey Pitching:
            • B. Buxton: Ball, Buxton fouled out to third
            • M. Kepler: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Kepler struck out swinging
            • J. Polanco: Polanco flied out to deep center
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • J. Odorizzi Pitching:
            • J. Abreu: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Abreu struck out swinging
            • Y. Alonso: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Alonso flied out to right
            • E. Jimenez: Ball, Ball, Jimenez flied out to right
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • D. Covey Pitching:
            • L. Arraez: Strike looking, Arraez flied out to left
            • W. Astudillo: Astudillo grounded out to shortstop
            • J. Castro: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul tip, Castro struck out on foul tip
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • J. Odorizzi Pitching:
            • Y. Sanchez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Sanchez walked
            • S. Zavala: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Zavala struck out swinging
            • R. Cordell: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Ball, Cordell flied out to deep center
            • C. Tilson: Tilson singled to right, Sanchez to second
            • Y. Moncada: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Moncada struck out on foul tip
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • D. Covey Pitching:
            • J. Castro: Foul, Castro grounded out to shortstop
            • B. Buxton: Strike looking, Ball, Buxton singled to shallow right center
            • M. Kepler: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Buxton stole second, Buxton to third on catcher Zavala throwing error, Ball, Strike looking, Kepler doubled to deep center, Buxton scored
            • J. Polanco: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Polanco walked
            • M. Gonzalez: Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Gonzalez struck out swinging
            • E. Rosario: Rosario homered to right, Kepler and Polanco scored
            • C. Cron: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Cron flied out to deep right
            • End of the 3rd (4 Runs, 3 Hits, 1 Error)
          • 2ND INNING
            • J. Odorizzi Pitching:
            • Y. Alonso: Strike swinging, Ball, Alonso lined out to right
            • E. Jimenez: Jimenez flied out to center
            • Jo. Rondon: Ball, Strike looking, Rondon grounded out to first
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • D. Covey Pitching:
            • C. Cron: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Cron grounded out to shortstop
            • L. Arraez: Ball, Ball, Foul, Arraez grounded out to shortstop
            • W. Astudillo: Foul, Ball, Foul, Astudillo grounded out to third
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • J. Odorizzi Pitching:
            • C. Tilson: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Tilson struck out swinging
            • Y. Moncada: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Moncada flied out to left
            • J. Abreu: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Abreu struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • D. Covey Pitching:
            • M. Kepler: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Kepler struck out swinging
            • J. Polanco: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Polanco flied out to deep center
            • M. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Gonzalez walked
            • E. Rosario: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Rosario struck out swinging
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)