Dropped popup was key to Twins' 4-3 win over Rangers

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) The Minnesota Twins did what they do better than any other major league team this season - hit home runs - but their 4-3 win over the Texas Rangers on Friday night turned on a fly ball that barely cleared the infield.

Max Kepler hit a two-run homer in the fourth inning after Miguel Sano's popup to shallow right field was dropped by Rougned Odor and Jonathan Schoop hit a two-run homer in the sixth to erase a one-run deficit for the Twins, who lead in the AL Central by 1 1/2 games over the Cleveland Indians.

Odor and Twins manager Rocco Baldelli both cited the wind inside Globe Life Park for the critical error.

''It was a real high popup. I never caught a popup that moves that much,'' Odor said. ''That's not an excuse.''

''Balls would go up in one direction, and you knew they were not coming down anywhere near where they went up,'' Baldelli said. ''If major league ballplayers are having trouble with popups, then trust me, the conditions are probably pretty rough.''

Schoop homered in the seventh inning following a one-out single by Marwin Gonzalez. The Twins lead the majors with 238 homers and are on pace to break the big-league record of 267 set last season by the New York Yankees. Minnesota has homered in 16 of its past 18 games since July 28 with a total of 37.

Schoop also contributed multiple outstanding fielding plays, including starting an inning-ending double play in the seventh behind Sam Dyson (5-1).

''Schoop had a phenomenal game overall,'' Baldelli said. ''He was awesome. He did it offensively. He did it defensively.''

Mike Minor (11-7) allowed all four runs in losing for the first time in four starts. Kepler's homer ended Minor's scoreless innings streak at 19 1/3.

Dyson earned his first win since being acquired from the San Francisco Giants on July 31 with a scoreless seventh inning. Sergio Romo pitched a scoreless ninth, finishing with Danny Santana's ground out with runners on first and second, for his third save in four tries since being acquired from the Miami Marlins on July 27 and 20th in 22 opportunities overall this season.

The Rangers were 1 for 11 with runners in scoring position, leaving a runner at third base in the seventh and eighth innings and at second in the ninth.

Nomar Mazara put the Rangers ahead in the sixth on a two-out, two-run double to the gap in right center.

Jake Odorizzi allowed all three runs on five hits in 5 2/3 innings. He has failed to last six innings in nine of his last 10 starts.

The Rangers' first run scored when Odorizzi uncorked his first wild pitch of the season, skimming a cut fastball off the top of Mitch Garver's glove to score Elvis Andrus.

SHORT HOPS

Marwin Gonzalez went 3 for 4 after going 4 for 5 in Thursday's series opener. . . The Twins have won 10 of their last 14 road games. . . The Rangers have lost eight of their last 10 games and are two games under .500 for the first time since May 19.

MOVIN' ON UP

Each team recalled a right-hander from its Triple-A affiliate before the game. Lewis Thorpe is with the Twins for the third time this season, previously pitching 11 1/3 innings in four games and making one start. The Rangers' Ian Gibaut was acquired from Tampa Bay on July 28 and then pitched in four games for Nashville. Gibaut has made one previous big league appearance, with the Rays on July 12.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Twins DH Nelson Cruz (left wrist strain) hit on the field before the game. Baldelli said Cruz might return soon after becoming eligible to return on Monday without a minor league rehab stint. . . C Willians Astudillo (left oblique strain) went 2 for 4 with a solo homer on Friday night in a rehab assignment for Double-A Pensacola.

UP NEXT

Twins right-hander Jose Berrios (10-6, 3.29) won his last two road starts, going seven innings each time and allowing a total of two earned runs. Rangers right-hander Ariel Jurado (6-8, 5.31) has won one of his last seven starts and allowed a career-high 11 hits last time out, against Toronto. The game will be preceded by 2010 AL MVP Josh Hamilton being inducted into the Rangers' hall of fame.

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  • W: S. Dyson (5-1)L: M. Minor (11-7)S: S. Romo (20)
  • HR: MIN - J. Schoop (17), M. Kepler (33)
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J. Polanco DH40000011.290.352.479.831-0.5
M. Sano 3B21000200.236.339.552.8913.0
M. Kepler CF41121023.255.335.534.8696.0
C. Cron 1B40000021.255.316.467.783-1.0
M. Gonzalez RF41300000.266.327.423.7494.0
J. Schoop 2B31121001.253.300.457.7577.0
E. Rosario LF10000010.285.311.529.840-0.5
E. Adrianza SS40200000.293.380.439.8192.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    S. Choo DH41100112.267.371.471.8413.5
    D. Santana 1B50000033.308.337.569.906-1.5
    E. Andrus SS41100001.284.321.414.7352.0
    W. Calhoun LF31200100.281.331.556.8884.0
    N. Mazara RF40320012.271.321.471.7926.5
    R. Odor 2B30000124.205.278.431.7090.0
    D. DeShields CF40000002.254.343.365.7080.0
    I. Kiner-Falefa 3B30100100.234.312.336.6473.0
    J. Mathis C20000010.163.218.230.448-0.5
    a- H. Pence PH10100000.290.347.569.9161.0
    J. Trevino C0000-000.167.167.167.000-
    b- L. Forsythe PH10000001.244.350.395.7450.0
    • a-singled for Mathis in the 7th
    • b-grounded out for Trevino in the 9th
    BATTING
    • 2B - E. Adrianza (6)
    • HR - M. Kepler (33), J. Schoop (17)
    • RBI - M. Kepler 2 (80), J. Schoop 2 (46)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Garver, L. Arraez, M. Kepler 2 (2), C. Cron, J. Schoop
    BATTING
    • 2B - S. Choo (26), N. Mazara 2 (27), I. Kiner-Falefa (9)
    • RBI - N. Mazara 2 (62)
    • 2-Out RBI - N. Mazara 2 (22)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - D. Santana 2 (2), R. Odor 4 (4)
    BASERUNNING
    • CS - E. Adrianza (2)
    FIELDING
    • DP - 2 (Adrianza-Schoop-Cron; Arraez-Adrianza-Cron)
    FIELDING
    • Outfield Assist - D. DeShields (2)
    • E - R. Odor (11)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    J. Odorizzi5.25332503.501.227.5
    T. Duffey0.10000103.121.170.5
    S. Dyson (W, 5-1)1.01001003.291.048.0
    T. Rogers (H, 10)1.02000202.631.082.0
    S. Romo (S, 20)1.01001003.521.138.0
    PITCHERSIP
    J. Odorizzi5.2
    T. Duffey0.1
    S. Dyson (W, 5-1)1.0
    T. Rogers (H, 10)1.0
    S. Romo (S, 20)1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    M. Minor (L, 11-7)7.08431522.941.189.5
    R. Montero1.00001101.380.852.5
    E. Clase1.01000101.350.902.5
    PITCHERSIP
    M. Minor (L, 11-7)7.0
    R. Montero1.0
    E. Clase1.0
    PITCHING
    • WP - J. Odorizzi
    • Pitches-Strikes - J. Odorizzi 99-59, T. Duffey 9-6, S. Dyson 13-7, T. Rogers 17-12, S. Romo 19-12
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Odorizzi 4-7, S. Dyson 2-0, S. Romo 3-0
    • Batters Faced - J. Odorizzi 23, T. Duffey, S. Dyson 4, T. Rogers 5, S. Romo 5
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - M. Minor 114-73, R. Montero 21-11, E. Clase 13-9
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Minor 5-10, E. Clase 2-0
    • Batters Faced - M. Minor 29, R. Montero 4, E. Clase 4
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    M. Garver C50100012.265.343.605.9480.5
    L. Arraez LF-2B40100001.353.421.463.8841.0
    J. Polanco DH40000011.290.352.479.831-0.5
    M. Sano 3B21000200.236.339.552.8913.0
    M. Kepler CF41121023.255.335.534.8696.0
    C. Cron 1B40000021.255.316.467.783-1.0
    M. Gonzalez RF41300000.266.327.423.7494.0
    J. Schoop 2B31121001.253.300.457.7577.0
    E. Rosario LF10000010.285.311.529.840-0.5
    E. Adrianza SS40200000.293.380.439.8192.0
    Total354942279-----
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      S. Choo DH41100112.267.371.471.8413.5
      D. Santana 1B50000033.308.337.569.906-1.5
      E. Andrus SS41100001.284.321.414.7352.0
      W. Calhoun LF31200100.281.331.556.8884.0
      N. Mazara RF40320012.271.321.471.7926.5
      R. Odor 2B30000124.205.278.431.7090.0
      D. DeShields CF40000002.254.343.365.7080.0
      I. Kiner-Falefa 3B30100100.234.312.336.6473.0
      J. Mathis C20000010.163.218.230.448-0.5
      a- H. Pence PH10100000.290.347.569.9161.0
      J. Trevino C0000-000.167.167.167.000-
      b- L. Forsythe PH10000001.244.350.395.7450.0
      Total3439204815-----
      • a-singled for Mathis in the 7th
      • b-grounded out for Trevino in the 9th
      BATTING
      • 2B - E. Adrianza (6)
      • HR - M. Kepler (33), J. Schoop (17)
      • RBI - M. Kepler 2 (80), J. Schoop 2 (46)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Garver, L. Arraez, M. Kepler 2 (2), C. Cron, J. Schoop
      BATTING
      • 2B - S. Choo (26), N. Mazara 2 (27), I. Kiner-Falefa (9)
      • RBI - N. Mazara 2 (62)
      • 2-Out RBI - N. Mazara 2 (22)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - D. Santana 2 (2), R. Odor 4 (4)
      BASERUNNING
      • CS - E. Adrianza (2)
      FIELDING
      • DP - 2 (Adrianza-Schoop-Cron; Arraez-Adrianza-Cron)
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - D. DeShields (2)
      • E - R. Odor (11)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Odorizzi5.25332503.501.227.5
      T. Duffey0.10000103.121.170.5
      S. Dyson (W, 5-1)1.01001003.291.048.0
      T. Rogers (H, 10)1.02000202.631.082.0
      S. Romo (S, 20)1.01001003.521.138.0
      Total9.0933480---
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Odorizzi5.2
      T. Duffey0.1
      S. Dyson (W, 5-1)1.0
      T. Rogers (H, 10)1.0
      S. Romo (S, 20)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Minor (L, 11-7)7.08431522.941.189.5
      R. Montero1.00001101.380.852.5
      E. Clase1.01000101.350.902.5
      Total9.0943272---
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Minor (L, 11-7)7.0
      R. Montero1.0
      E. Clase1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - J. Odorizzi
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Odorizzi 99-59, T. Duffey 9-6, S. Dyson 13-7, T. Rogers 17-12, S. Romo 19-12
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Odorizzi 4-7, S. Dyson 2-0, S. Romo 3-0
      • Batters Faced - J. Odorizzi 23, T. Duffey, S. Dyson 4, T. Rogers 5, S. Romo 5
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Minor 114-73, R. Montero 21-11, E. Clase 13-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Minor 5-10, E. Clase 2-0
      • Batters Faced - M. Minor 29, R. Montero 4, E. Clase 4
      • 7TH INNING
        Schoop homered to left, Gonzalez scored43
      • 6TH INNING
        Mazara doubled to deep right center, Choo and Calhoun scored23
      • 4TH INNING
        Andrus scored, Calhoun to second on wild pitch21
        Kepler homered to right, Sano scored20
      • 9TH INNING
        • Emmanuel Clase relieved Rafael Montero
        • M. Gonzalez: Strike swinging, Gonzalez grounded out to second
        • E. Rosario: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Rosario struck out swinging
        • E. Adrianza: Ball, Adrianza doubled to left
        • M. Garver: Ball, Garver grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Sergio Romo relieved Taylor Rogers
        • D. DeShields: DeShields grounded out to shortstop
        • I. Kiner-Falefa: Ball, Kiner-Falefa doubled to deep right
        • Logan Forsythe hit for Jose Trevino
        • L. Forsythe: Ball, Strike looking, Forsythe grounded out to shortstop
        • S. Choo: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Choo walked
        • D. Santana: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Santana grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Rafael Montero relieved Mike Minor
        • Jose Trevino catching
        • J. Polanco: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Polanco lined out to center
        • M. Sano: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Sano walked
        • M. Kepler: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Kepler struck out swinging
        • C. Cron: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Cron flied out to center
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Taylor Rogers relieved Sam Dyson
        • D. Santana: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Santana struck out swinging
        • El. Andrus: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Andrus lined out to center
        • W. Calhoun: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Calhoun singled to left center
        • N. Mazara: Mazara singled to right, Calhoun to third
        • R. Odor: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Odor struck out swinging
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
      • 7TH INNING
        • M. Minor Pitching:
        • C. Cron: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Cron struck out looking
        • M. Gonzalez: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Gonzalez singled to shallow left
        • J. Schoop: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Schoop homered to left, Gonzalez scored
        • E. Adrianza: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Adrianza flied out to right
        • M. Garver: Ball, Strike looking, Garver singled to deep right
        • L. Arraez: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Arraez lined out to left
        • Middle of the 7th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Sam Dyson relieved Tyler Duffey
        • Eddie Rosario in left field
        • D. DeShields: Ball, DeShields grounded out to pitcher
        • I. Kiner-Falefa: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Kiner-Falefa walked
        • Hunter Pence hit for Jeff Mathis
        • H. Pence: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Pence singled to center, Kiner-Falefa to third
        • S. Choo: Choo grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Pence out at second
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • M. Minor Pitching:
        • J. Polanco: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Polanco lined out to first
        • M. Sano: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Sano flied out to deep center
        • M. Kepler: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Kepler struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Odorizzi Pitching:
        • S. Choo: Choo doubled to left center
        • D. Santana: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Santana struck out swinging
        • El. Andrus: Ball, Andrus grounded out to second, Choo to third
        • W. Calhoun: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Calhoun walked
        • N. Mazara: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Mazara doubled to deep right center, Choo and Calhoun scored
        • Tyler Duffey relieved Jake Odorizzi
        • R. Odor: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Odor struck out swinging
        • End of the 6th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • M. Minor Pitching:
        • E. Adrianza: Ball, Ball, Foul, Adrianza singled to center
        • M. Garver: Garver flied out to center
        • L. Arraez: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Adrianza caught stealing second, catcher to shortstop, Foul, Arraez flied out to deep center
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • J. Odorizzi Pitching:
        • D. DeShields: Ball, Ball, DeShields lined out to right
        • I. Kiner-Falefa: Strike looking, Kiner-Falefa flied out to right
        • J. Mathis: Mathis popped out to second
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • M. Minor Pitching:
        • J. Polanco: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Polanco struck out swinging
        • M. Sano: Ball, Ball, Ball, Sano safe at first on 2nd baseman Odor fielding error
        • M. Kepler: Kepler homered to right, Sano scored
        • C. Cron: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Cron grounded out to third
        • M. Gonzalez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Gonzalez singled to left
        • J. Schoop: Foul, Strike (foul tip), Schoop reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Gonzalez out at second
        • Middle of the 4th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
        • J. Odorizzi Pitching:
        • D. Santana: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Santana struck out swinging
        • El. Andrus: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Andrus singled to left center
        • W. Calhoun: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Calhoun singled to center, Andrus to third
        • N. Mazara: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Mazara struck out on foul tip
        • R. Odor: Ball, Andrus scored, Calhoun to second on wild pitch, Ball, Odor flied out to center
        • End of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • M. Minor Pitching:
        • E. Adrianza: Foul, Adrianza lined out to second
        • M. Garver: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Garver grounded out to pitcher
        • L. Arraez: Foul, Strike looking, Arraez grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Odorizzi Pitching:
        • I. Kiner-Falefa: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Kiner-Falefa grounded out to shortstop
        • J. Mathis: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Mathis struck out swinging
        • S. Choo: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Choo struck out swinging
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • M. Minor Pitching:
        • C. Cron: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Cron struck out looking
        • M. Gonzalez: Ball, Gonzalez singled to center, Gonzalez out at second
        • J. Schoop: Ball, Schoop lined out to center
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • J. Odorizzi Pitching:
        • W. Calhoun: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Calhoun lined out to second
        • N. Mazara: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Mazara doubled to right
        • R. Odor: Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Odor walked
        • D. DeShields: Ball, DeShields grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Odor out at second
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • M. Minor Pitching:
        • M. Garver: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Garver struck out swinging
        • L. Arraez: Ball, Strike looking, Arraez singled to shallow center
        • J. Polanco: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Polanco flied out to shallow right
        • M. Sano: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Sano walked, Arraez to second
        • M. Kepler: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Kepler reached on fielder's choice to second, Sano out at second
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • J. Odorizzi Pitching:
        • S. Choo: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Choo flied out to left
        • D. Santana: Strike looking, Ball, Santana grounded out to first
        • El. Andrus: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Andrus lined out to center
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)