BOSTON -- It's been an up and down season for Jake Odorizzi, who simply hasn't been able to find much consistency in his first year with the Twins.After a strong start coming out of the break, Odorizzi couldn't back it up against the high-powered Red Sox on Saturday, failing to
BOSTON -- It's been an up and down season for Jake Odorizzi, who simply hasn't been able to find much consistency in his first year with the Twins.
After a strong start coming out of the break, Odorizzi couldn't back it up against the high-powered Red Sox on Saturday, failing to hold a three-run lead in a 10-4 loss at Fenway Park. Odorizzi went five innings, allowing five runs on nine hits and a walk to fall to 4-7 with a 4.58 ERA. Odorizzi had been better recently with a 2.63 ERA over his last five starts, but he ran into a Boston offense that had been quiet the previous two nights before breaking out.
"It's a solid lineup top to bottom, and you've just got to manufacture outs any way you can," Odorizzi said. "I feel better mechanically. I think the results have been better. Just, tough team, tough spot. It was a minor little speed bump."
He seemed to be settling in after allowing a run in the first but getting out of a bases-loaded jam. But it unraveled in the fourth, when he allowed a two-run triple to Jackie Bradley Jr. with two outs. Mookie Betts followed with an RBI double to tie the game.
"The pitch to Jackie is the pitch I wanted to throw, a split on the outside corner," Odorizzi said. "The pitch to Mookie was a split on the opposite side, the far side. He just hooked it down the line. There's not really much you can do about it."
Odorizzi remained in the game for the fifth, but served up what turned out to be the decisive run on a solo shot to J.D. Martinez, who leads the Majors with 32 homers. It was another tough result for Odorizzi, who remains under team control through next season, but hasn't seen his name appear in as many trade rumors as fellow rotation mates Kyle Gibson and Lance Lynn.
Odorizzi's struggles spoiled a solid offensive effort against right-hander Rick Porcello, who gave up four runs on five hits over 5 2/3 innings. Logan Morrison ripped a solo shot down the right-field line for Minnesota's first run in the second before the Twins broke out for three runs in the third to take the lead. Jorge Polanco sparked the rally with a two-run triple with two outs before scoring on a single from James Dozier.
"You saw a good fight, we got off to an early lead," said acting manager Derek Shelton, who is filling in this weekend for Paul Molitor with Molitor at the Hall of Fame induction. "You see Logan hit a ball that far, that hard off Porcello, but especially for Jorge too. Being here for about a month, big hit right there, early in the game to extend it. It was nice to see and hopefully something to build on for him."
The Red Sox added an insurance run in the sixth against lefty Gabriel Moya, who was recalled from Triple-A Rochester before the game. Moya gave up a double to Sandy Leon on the first pitch of the inning and surrendered an RBI single to Andrew Benintendi before Matt Magill came in and escaped the jam. Magill, though, gave up an RBI double to Betts in the eighth before Boston broke it open against lefty Taylor Rogers with a bases loaded walk from Rafael Devers and a two-run double from Eduardo Nunez.
With the loss, the Twins fell to 311-312 all-time against the Red Sox. They entered the four-game series with identical records against each other.
HE SAID IT
"It was good. It was fun. It's a good staff. There's a lot of communication anyway during our games between Paul and myself and myself and the other staff guys. So it was a cool experience." -- Shelton, on serving as an MLB manager for the first time in his career
Right-hander Jose Berrios (10-7, 3.48 ERA) will start the series finale at Fenway Park on Sunday at 12:05 p.m. CT. The Twins didn't make the announcement until Saturday, as left-hander Adalberto Mejia remains on the roster but hasn't pitched since Monday. Berrios is coming off a strong performance against the Blue Jays, throwing seven scoreless innings with nine strikeouts. Right-hander Nathan Eovaldi (3-4, 4.26 ERA) will make his Red Sox debut after being traded from the Rays.
Rhett Bollinger has covered the Twins for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger and Facebook.