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Odorizzi, two more homers give Twins 7-0 win over White Sox

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Jake Odorizzi allowed one hit in 5 1/3 scoreless innings, and Eddie Rosario and Max Kepler each hit three-run homers as the Minnesota Twins completed a sweep of the Chicago White Sox with a 7-0 win on Sunday.
    
Odorizzi (7-2) won his seventh straight decision and finished without allowing a run for the fifth time in his past six starts. He combined with four relievers for Minnesota’s sixth shutout of the season.
    
The Twins have won 11 of their past 12 games and swept a series for the seventh time this season. They swept eight series all of last season.
    
Rosario hit his 16th home run, which is second in the American League to Houston’s George Springer, to cap a four-run third inning against Chicago starter Dylan Covey. Kepler’s 12th home run came in the seventh, traveling an estimated 429 feet off the new wall of juniper bushes in center field.
    
Minnesota’s hit a majors-best 104 home runs this season and has the top home run differential at plus-43.
    
Covey (0-4) allowed four runs in six innings on three hits and two walks.
    
The Twins’ surge to the best record in the majors has been powered by the best offense in baseball, but Odorizzi and the team’s starters have done their part. Minnesota entered the day with a 3.57 ERA from its starters, the third-best mark in the majors.
    
Odorizzi has given up three runs in his past 35 2/3 innings for a 0.76 ERA and he’s struck out 38 batters over that span. In six starts at home this season, the right-hander has given up five runs in 36 1/3 innings.
    
He retired the final eight batters he faced, striking out six of them, but was pulled with one out in the sixth with 93 pitches. Odorizzi struck out nine batters.
    
The White Sox tied a season high with 16 strikeouts and were outscored 26-5 in the three-game series.
 

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