Odorizzi wins, Twins rally past Royals 5-4 after Mauer honor

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Jake Odorizzi and the Minnesota Twins faced an immediate deficit and trailed by three runs more than halfway through the game.

The way this team has been hitting, though, the rally sure seemed inevitable.

C.J. Cron drove in the go-ahead run with a sixth-inning double , making Odorizzi the second 10-game winner in the majors this season and capping a 5-4 comeback victory by the Twins over the Kansas City Royals on Saturday night.

''Keep us within striking distance, and we'll be able to, hopefully, come back more times than not,'' said Odorizzi (10-2), who fell behind when Jorge Soler smashed a first-pitch fastball 462 feet into the second deck for a two-run homer in the first . Then, Whit Merrifield's solo shot started a two-run fifth inning that ended with a 4-1 lead for the Royals.

With the Twins (47-22), who have the best record in the majors, such winning offensive performances have become a belief, not a hope. They have the most homers in baseball, on pace to break the all-time season record, not to mention the lead in several other batting categories.

With a solo drive by Max Kepler in the fourth and a two-run smash from Marwin Gonzalez in the fifth, they surged back against Royals starter Glenn Sparkman (1-3). Five batters later, Jorge Polanco tied the game with a double that finished a rally fueled by a fielding error on third baseman Cheslor Cuthbert.

Eddie Rosario drew a leadoff walk in the sixth, bringing reliever Scott Barlow into the game. Gonzalez singled, Cron doubled and the Twins were on their way to their 22nd win in their last 29 games.

''We deal with whatever comes our way pretty well,'' manager Rocco Baldelli said.

With four runs allowed, Odorizzi, who is one of a half-dozen or so strong Twins candidates for the All-Star game next month, surrendered as many in this start as he had in his previous eight turns.

Merrifield, his teammate in 2011 with the Class A Wilmington Blue Rocks, had three of his four hits against his old friend. The 29-year-old right-hander, who made his major league debut with the Royals in 2012, saw his ERA rise from 1.92 to 2.24. Still, Odorizzi finished six innings for the third straight start and kept the Twins close enough when the game could've gotten out of hand.

The Twins played in front of their fifth sellout crowd of the season, thanks to the pregame ceremony for Joe Mauer's uniform retirement . Despite the off night for Odorizzi and three errors in the field, they had enough to ensure the fans went home happy on a memorable evening.

''I don't think we were meant to lose on Joe Mauer day,'' said Odorizzi, who recorded the Mauer ceremony so he could watch and appreciate it later. ''So I think that win was for Joe.''

The Royals, who left nine men on and went 0 for 7 with runners in scoring position, had the bases loaded with one out in the third but didn't score. The leadoff man took second base to start the eighth inning but was stranded. Then in the ninth, the Royals had runners at first and second, but Soler flied out to shallow center field to end the game and give Taylor Rogers his eighth save in 10 attempts.

''Just didn't quite get to their bullpen like we would've liked to,'' Merrifield said.

GOING GONZO

Gonzalez made the defensive play of the game in right field with a diving grab of speedster Billy Hamilton's line drive to start the ninth, aggressively pursuing the catch with the risk of a triple or inside-the-park home run if the ball were to elude him.

''He had him played perfectly and made a great play,'' Royals manager Ned Yost said. ''Billy just smoked that ball.''

Said Rogers: ''I was thinking that whoever put Marwin in that position was a genius. Because he was obviously playing in and kind of over.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Royals: 1B Lucas Duda remained hitless in two games since returning from a back injury that sidelined him for nearly two months, but his sacrifice fly in the fifth was his first RBI since April 16.

Twins: CF Byron Buxton was held out of the lineup with a bruised right wrist after being hit by a pitch the night before. Baldelli said Buxton was available to pinch run or play defense, but he was unsure yet when he could swing a bat at full strength.

UP NEXT

Royals: RHP Jakob Junis (4-6, 5.35 ERA) takes the mound for the series finale.

Twins: LHP Martin Perez (7-2, 3.97 ERA) pitches on Sunday afternoon.

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  • W: J. Odorizzi (10-2)L: G. Sparkman (1-3)S: T. Rogers (8)
  • HR: KC - W. Merrifield (8), J. Soler (18), MIN - M. Gonzalez (9), M. Kepler (17)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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A. Mondesi SS41100112.277.311.457.7682.5
A. Gordon LF40000124.266.349.463.8120.0
J. Soler DH41221113.248.302.519.8218.5
L. Duda 1B30010003.154.270.288.5581.0
C. Cuthbert 3B40000025.286.327.510.837-1.0
N. Lopez 2B40100021.211.252.303.5550.0
M. Maldonado C40000002.198.281.267.5490.0
B. Hamilton CF40000011.223.300.277.577-0.5
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    M. Kepler CF31111103.266.350.549.8997.0
    J. Polanco SS40110010.333.393.562.9542.5
    N. Cruz DH40000032.278.362.556.918-1.5
    E. Rosario LF31000100.260.295.519.8142.0
    M. Garver C41100001.316.400.6751.0752.0
    M. Gonzalez RF41221000.262.329.434.7648.0
    C. Cron 1B40110000.271.332.533.8653.0
    E. Adrianza 3B21000100.282.377.417.7952.0
    J. Schoop 2B30100004.249.303.480.7821.0
    J. Odorizzi P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    T. May P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    B. Parker P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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    T. Rogers P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
      BATTING
      • HR - W. Merrifield (8), J. Soler (18)
      • SF - L. Duda (2)
      • RBI - W. Merrifield (32), J. Soler 2 (49), L. Duda (9)
      • 2-Out RBI - J. Soler 2 (19)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Soler 3 (3), C. Cuthbert 4 (4), M. Maldonado, B. Hamilton
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Polanco (21), C. Cron (15)
      • HR - M. Kepler (17), M. Gonzalez (9)
      • RBI - M. Kepler (44), J. Polanco (37), M. Gonzalez 2 (26), C. Cron (46)
      • 2-Out RBI - J. Polanco (20)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Kepler 3 (3), N. Cruz 2 (2)
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - W. Merrifield (3)
      • E - C. Cuthbert (3)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Adrianza-Schoop-Cron)
      • E - E. Adrianza (3), C. Cron (6), M. Gonzalez (4)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      G. Sparkman (L, 1-3)5.05542324.011.310.5
      S. Barlow1.02001005.351.400.0
      W. Peralta1.00000104.501.533.5
      B. Boxberger1.00000004.851.423.0
      PITCHERSIP
      G. Sparkman (L, 1-3)5.0
      S. Barlow1.0
      W. Peralta1.0
      B. Boxberger1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Odorizzi (W, 10-2)6.07442722.241.0115.5
      T. May (H, 9)1.00000103.701.363.5
      B. Parker (H, 6)0.20000104.241.200.5
      R. Harper (H, 5)0.10000001.931.000.0
      T. Rogers (S, 8)1.01001002.101.208.0
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Odorizzi (W, 10-2)6.0
      T. May (H, 9)1.0
      B. Parker (H, 6)0.2
      R. Harper (H, 5)0.1
      T. Rogers (S, 8)1.0
      PITCHING
      • IBB - S. Barlow (2)
      • Pitches-Strikes - G. Sparkman 88-56, S. Barlow 12-8, W. Peralta 14-10, B. Boxberger 12-8
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - G. Sparkman 4-8, S. Barlow 1-2, W. Peralta 1-1, B. Boxberger 2-1
      • Batters Faced - G. Sparkman 22, S. Barlow 6, W. Peralta 3, B. Boxberger 3
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Odorizzi 92-66, T. May 18-9, B. Parker 16-10, R. Harper 4-3, T. Rogers 21-12
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Odorizzi 3-8, T. May 3-0, B. Parker 2-0, R. Harper 1-0, T. Rogers 1-2
      • Batters Faced - J. Odorizzi 27, T. May 4, B. Parker 3, R. Harper, T. Rogers 5
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      W. Merrifield RF52411000.302.350.495.84510.0
      A. Mondesi SS41100112.277.311.457.7682.5
      A. Gordon LF40000124.266.349.463.8120.0
      J. Soler DH41221113.248.302.519.8218.5
      L. Duda 1B30010003.154.270.288.5581.0
      C. Cuthbert 3B40000025.286.327.510.837-1.0
      N. Lopez 2B40100021.211.252.303.5550.0
      M. Maldonado C40000002.198.281.267.5490.0
      B. Hamilton CF40000011.223.300.277.577-0.5
      G. Sparkman P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
      S. Barlow P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
      W. Peralta P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
      B. Boxberger P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        M. Kepler CF31111103.266.350.549.8997.0
        J. Polanco SS40110010.333.393.562.9542.5
        N. Cruz DH40000032.278.362.556.918-1.5
        E. Rosario LF31000100.260.295.519.8142.0
        M. Garver C41100001.316.400.6751.0752.0
        M. Gonzalez RF41221000.262.329.434.7648.0
        C. Cron 1B40110000.271.332.533.8653.0
        E. Adrianza 3B21000100.282.377.417.7952.0
        J. Schoop 2B30100004.249.303.480.7821.0
        J. Odorizzi P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
        T. May P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
        B. Parker P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
        R. Harper P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
        T. Rogers P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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          BATTING
          • HR - W. Merrifield (8), J. Soler (18)
          • SF - L. Duda (2)
          • RBI - W. Merrifield (32), J. Soler 2 (49), L. Duda (9)
          • 2-Out RBI - J. Soler 2 (19)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Soler 3 (3), C. Cuthbert 4 (4), M. Maldonado, B. Hamilton
          BATTING
          • 2B - J. Polanco (21), C. Cron (15)
          • HR - M. Kepler (17), M. Gonzalez (9)
          • RBI - M. Kepler (44), J. Polanco (37), M. Gonzalez 2 (26), C. Cron (46)
          • 2-Out RBI - J. Polanco (20)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Kepler 3 (3), N. Cruz 2 (2)
          FIELDING
          • Outfield Assist - W. Merrifield (3)
          • E - C. Cuthbert (3)
          FIELDING
          • DP - (Adrianza-Schoop-Cron)
          • E - E. Adrianza (3), C. Cron (6), M. Gonzalez (4)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          G. Sparkman (L, 1-3)5.05542324.011.310.5
          S. Barlow1.02001005.351.400.0
          W. Peralta1.00000104.501.533.5
          B. Boxberger1.00000004.851.423.0
          Total8.0754342---
          PITCHERSIP
          G. Sparkman (L, 1-3)5.0
          S. Barlow1.0
          W. Peralta1.0
          B. Boxberger1.0
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          J. Odorizzi (W, 10-2)6.07442722.241.0115.5
          T. May (H, 9)1.00000103.701.363.5
          B. Parker (H, 6)0.20000104.241.200.5
          R. Harper (H, 5)0.10000001.931.000.0
          T. Rogers (S, 8)1.01001002.101.208.0
          Total9.0844392---
          PITCHERSIP
          J. Odorizzi (W, 10-2)6.0
          T. May (H, 9)1.0
          B. Parker (H, 6)0.2
          R. Harper (H, 5)0.1
          T. Rogers (S, 8)1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • IBB - S. Barlow (2)
          • Pitches-Strikes - G. Sparkman 88-56, S. Barlow 12-8, W. Peralta 14-10, B. Boxberger 12-8
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - G. Sparkman 4-8, S. Barlow 1-2, W. Peralta 1-1, B. Boxberger 2-1
          • Batters Faced - G. Sparkman 22, S. Barlow 6, W. Peralta 3, B. Boxberger 3
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - J. Odorizzi 92-66, T. May 18-9, B. Parker 16-10, R. Harper 4-3, T. Rogers 21-12
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Odorizzi 3-8, T. May 3-0, B. Parker 2-0, R. Harper 1-0, T. Rogers 1-2
          • Batters Faced - J. Odorizzi 27, T. May 4, B. Parker 3, R. Harper, T. Rogers 5
          • 6TH INNING
            Cron doubled to deep left, Rosario scored, Gonzalez to third45
          • 5TH INNING
            Polanco doubled to left center, Adrianza scored, Kepler to third44
            Gonzalez homered to right center, Garver scored43
            Duda hit sacrifice fly to right, Mondesi scored41
            Merrifield homered to left31
          • 4TH INNING
            Kepler homered to right21
          • 1ST INNING
            Soler homered to left, Merrifield scored20
          • 9TH INNING
            • Taylor Rogers relieved Ryne Harper
            • B. Hamilton: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Hamilton lined out to right
            • W. Merrifield: Ball, Strike swinging, Merrifield singled to right
            • A. Mondesi: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Mondesi grounded out to pitcher, Merrifield to second
            • A. Gordon: Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ball, Gordon walked
            • J. Soler: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Soler flied out to center
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Blake Parker relieved Trevor May
            • L. Duda: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Duda safe at first on 3rd baseman Adrianza throwing error, Duda to second
            • C. Cuthbert: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Cuthbert struck out looking
            • N. Lopez: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Lopez grounded out to second, Duda to third
            • Ryne Harper relieved Blake Parker
            • M. Maldonado: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Maldonado grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
            • Brad Boxberger relieved Wily Peralta
            • M. Garver: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Garver grounded out to first
            • M. Gonzalez: Foul, Strike swinging, Gonzalez grounded out to third
            • C. Cron: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Cron lined out to right
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • Trevor May relieved Jake Odorizzi
            • W. Merrifield: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Merrifield grounded out to second
            • A. Mondesi: Ball, Ball, Mondesi grounded out to second
            • A. Gordon: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Gordon safe at first on 1st baseman Cron fielding error
            • J. Soler: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Soler struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
            • Wily Peralta relieved Scott Barlow
            • J. Polanco: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Polanco flied out to deep right
            • N. Cruz: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Cruz struck out swinging
            • E. Rosario: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Rosario grounded out to third
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • J. Odorizzi Pitching:
            • N. Lopez: Lopez singled to center
            • M. Maldonado: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Maldonado grounded into double play third to second to first, Lopez out at second
            • B. Hamilton: Hamilton flied out to center
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • G. Sparkman Pitching:
            • E. Rosario: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Rosario walked
            • Scott Barlow relieved Glenn Sparkman
            • M. Garver: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Garver flied out to left
            • M. Gonzalez: Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Gonzalez singled to right, Rosario to second
            • C. Cron: Ball, Cron doubled to deep left, Rosario scored, Gonzalez to third
            • E. Adrianza: Adrianza intentionally walked
            • J. Schoop: Ball, Ball, Schoop reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Gonzalez out at home, Cron to third, Adrianza to second
            • M. Kepler: Kepler lined out to right
            • End of the 6th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • J. Odorizzi Pitching:
            • W. Merrifield: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Merrifield homered to left
            • A. Mondesi: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Mondesi walked
            • A. Gordon: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Gordon flied out to deep right
            • J. Soler: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Soler singled to right, Mondesi to third
            • L. Duda: Strike looking, Duda hit sacrifice fly to right, Mondesi scored
            • C. Cuthbert: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Cuthbert struck out looking
            • Middle of the 5th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • G. Sparkman Pitching:
            • M. Garver: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Garver singled to center
            • M. Gonzalez: Ball, Ball, Gonzalez homered to right center, Garver scored
            • C. Cron: Strike swinging, Cron grounded out to pitcher
            • E. Adrianza: Foul, Foul, Ball, Adrianza safe at first on 3rd baseman Cuthbert fielding error
            • J. Schoop: Ball, Strike swinging, Schoop flied out to left
            • M. Kepler: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Kepler walked, Adrianza to second
            • J. Polanco: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Polanco doubled to left center, Adrianza scored, Kepler to third
            • N. Cruz: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Cruz grounded out to pitcher
            • End of the 5th (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 1 Error)
          • 4TH INNING
            • J. Odorizzi Pitching:
            • N. Lopez: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Lopez struck out swinging
            • M. Maldonado: Maldonado popped out to second
            • B. Hamilton: Hamilton grounded bunt out to first
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • G. Sparkman Pitching:
            • M. Kepler: Kepler homered to right
            • J. Polanco: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Polanco flied out to deep center
            • N. Cruz: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Cruz struck out swinging
            • E. Rosario: Ball, Ball, Foul, Rosario lined out to left
            • End of the 4th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • J. Odorizzi Pitching:
            • W. Merrifield: Foul, Ball, Merrifield singled to center
            • A. Mondesi: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Mondesi singled to right, Merrifield to second
            • A. Gordon: Strike looking, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Foul tip, Gordon struck out on foul tip
            • J. Soler: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Soler walked, Merrifield to third, Mondesi to second
            • L. Duda: Duda popped out to third
            • C. Cuthbert: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Cuthbert popped out to second
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • G. Sparkman Pitching:
            • C. Cron: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Cron flied out to deep left
            • E. Adrianza: Adrianza flied out to deep left
            • J. Schoop: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Schoop singled to right, Schoop out at second
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • J. Odorizzi Pitching:
            • C. Cuthbert: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Cuthbert grounded out to third
            • N. Lopez: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Lopez struck out looking
            • M. Maldonado: Foul, Maldonado safe at first on right fielder Gonzalez fielding error
            • B. Hamilton: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Hamilton struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
            • G. Sparkman Pitching:
            • E. Rosario: Ball, Rosario lined out to center
            • M. Garver: Strike looking, Foul, Garver popped out to second
            • M. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Gonzalez grounded out to first
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • J. Odorizzi Pitching:
            • W. Merrifield: Foul, Merrifield reached on an infield single to shortstop
            • A. Mondesi: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Mondesi struck out swinging
            • A. Gordon: Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Gordon struck out swinging
            • J. Soler: Pickoff attempt, Soler homered to left, Merrifield scored
            • L. Duda: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Duda fouled out to third
            • Middle of the 1st (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • G. Sparkman Pitching:
            • M. Kepler: Ball, Kepler flied out to deep center
            • J. Polanco: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Polanco struck out looking
            • N. Cruz: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Cruz struck out swinging
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)