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The Journal Gazette

Tuesday, April 30, 2019 1:00 am


Twins top Astros, Verlander


MINNEAPOLIS – Jake Odorizzi pitched seven solid innings to outduel Justin Verlander, Ehire Adrianza homered off Houston's ace and the Minnesota Twins beat the Astros 1-0 on Monday night.

Odorizzi (3-2) gave up four hits while beating Houston for the second time in two starts. He walked one and struck out seven, and Minnesota won for the eighth time in 10 games.

Adrianza's first homer of the season led off the third on a full count against Verlander (4-1), who gave up two hits, walked two and struck out seven over six innings.

The Twins faced Houston for the second time in a week. They also saw Verlander in the previous series, when he gave up one run and needed just 98 pitches to get through eight innings.

This time, the Twins made Verlander work, and he was out after 100 pitches.

BRAVES 3, PADRES 1: In Atlanta, Ozzie Albies homered and drove in two runs, and Mike Soroka gave up one run in six innings to lead Atlanta.

Soroka (2-1) gave up four hits, struck out a career-high eight and walked one. The 21-year-old right-hander lowered his ERA to 1.62.

Soroka threw only 81 pitches before he was lifted for pinch-hitter Charlie Culberson with the bases loaded in the sixth. Culberson lined out to left.

Greg Garcia, making his first start of the season at shortstop with rookie Fernando Tatis Jr. out with a sore hamstring, singled off Soroka to open the game and eventually scored on Manny Machado's double-play grounder.

Albies extended Atlanta's lead to 3-1 in the fifth with his sixth homer.

RED SOX 9, ATHLETICS 4: In Boston, Xander Bogaerts hit a tying two-run double that sailed over the head of center fielder Ramón Laureano during a six-run third inning as Boston snapped a two-game losing streak.

Rookie Michael Chavis drove in three runs and Mookie Betts had three singles for Boston.

Ryan Brasier (1-0) got four outs and was credited with the victory after starter Eduardo Rodriguez failed to go five innings with Boston leading. Matt Barnes got the final two outs on two pitches for his second save after Oakland loaded the bases.