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Twins top Blue Jays


MINNEAPOLIS—Two starts ago, on a soggy mound in Philadelphia, Jake Odorizzi let the rain derail his pitching and didn't finish the first inning.

The weather in Minnesota last night didn't deter him, and neither did Toronto's lineup.

Nelson Cruz had two hits and two RBIs, helping Odorizzi and the Twins beat the Blue Jays 4-1 following a 54-minute rain delay.

Odorizzi (1-2) allowed six hits, one run and one walk. He threw 101 pitches on this chilly evening, so manager Rocco Baldelli summoned Adalberto Mejia to get the last out of the sixth with a runner on first.

Against the Phillies April 5, Odorizzi struggled with his grip on the wet ball and recorded only two outs while allowing five runs on two hits and three walks.

In New York against the Mets April 10, the right-hander threw four hitless innings before allowing three runs and failing to finish the fifth.

Justin Smoak had an RBI single for the Blue Jays in the first, putting him on base in 14 of the 15 games he's played in this year, but nobody else reached second for the rest of the game.

Odorizzi now has the unusual combination of a 4.76 ERA and a .172 batting average against.

In other AL action yesterday, the Royals edged the White Sox 4-3 in 10 innings; the Yankees downed the Red Sox 5-3; the Indians blanked the Tigers 1-0; the Rays crushed the Orioles 8-1; the Rangers upended the Angels 5-4 and the Athletics edged the Astros 2-1.

The Pirates defeated the Tigers 3-2 in 10 innings in the lone interleague matchup.

Over in the NL, the Phillies topped the Mets 3-2; the Cardinals doubled the Brewers 6-3; the Dodgers got by the Reds 3-2; the Nationals outlasted the Giants 9-6; the Cubs shut out the Marlins 6-0; and the Diamondbacks edged the Braves 3-2 in 10 innings.

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