MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Jake Odorizzi grinded through six innings for his first win with Minnesota, leadoff man Brian Dozier walked a career-high four times and the Twins beat the Houston Astros 4-1 on Tuesday night.
Odorizzi (1-0) struggled with control on another cold night in Minnesota but eventually settled in during his first home start since being acquired from Tampa Bay in February. He allowed a run on five walks and five hits.
Minnesota took advantage of Dallas Keuchel’s control problems to scratch across three runs in the first two innings. Keuchel (0-2) gave up three runs, five hits and four walks in four innings. He struck out six and left after 101 pitches.
Fernando Rodney pitched the ninth for his second save.
Dozier began the first with a swinging bunt and was called out when third baseman Alex Bregman made a quick throw to first. A replay review showed Dozier just beat the throw. Dozier later scored on a sacrifice fly by Eduardo Escobar, and Robbie Grossman doubled to drive in another run.
Joe Mauer had two walks and two hits for Minnesota. He drew a bases-loaded walk from Keuchel in the second. It’s the second straight start Kuechel has walked four batters.
Jake Marisnick had an RBI single in the second for Houston, but the Astros stranded six runners over the first four innings.
Odorizzi had all five of his walks in the first three innings. He gave up two hits in the fifth but picked off Bregman at first and got Carlos Correa to ground into an inning-ending double play.
Astros: LHP Tony Sipp was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a right oblique injury. Houston recalled RHP James Hoyt from Triple-A Fresno. Sipp had been bothered by soreness for a couple of days and manager A.J. Hinch said he doesn’t expect Sipp to be out longer than the 10 days.
Twins: RHP Ervin Santana (finger surgery) met with team doctors and a hand specialist in Minnesota and was given the approval to start a throwing program. Santana will return to Fort Myers to rehab.
Astros: RHP Lance McCullers Jr. (1-1, 3.48 ERA) will start the series finale Wednesday afternoon. McCullers took a loss in his last start, giving up three runs in five innings to San Diego.
Twins: RHP Kyle Gibson (1-0, 0.87 ERA) will try to keep his strong start going. Gibson has allowed one earned run in 10 1/3 innings through two starts.
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