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Jays fall to Twins on rainy night in Minnesota

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

Loss follows 54-minute weather delay

Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Trent Thornton, centre, gets a visit at the mound from pitching coach Pete Walker, left, in the first inning on Wednesday in Minneapolis, Minn. (Jim Mone/Associated Press)

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 Wednesday 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.

"I guess I could say I've learned from previous mistakes," said Odorizzi, who for the first time in four starts this season by striking out six in 5 2/3 innings. "It's just a go out there, mind over matter sort of a thing."

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.

Smoak drives in lone run for Toronto 

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.

"Just watching him in the dugout and body language and everything, I think he was ready to go," Baldelli said.

Mejia blew Minnesota's 3-1 lead Monday night, allowing four runs in the eighth inning of the 5-3 loss. Mejia and Taylor Rogers each allowed just one runner on base, setting up Blake Parker for his fourth save with a perfect ninth inning.

"We had nothing going," Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo said. "A dead night."

Blue Jays starter Trent Thornton (0-2) allowed four of the first five Twins to reach base before settling in and lasting until recording the first two outs in the fifth. Thornton gave up six hits, four runs and three walks while striking out three.

"I didn't put my head down and put my tail between my legs," Thornton said. "I went back out there and wanted to get as deep as possible, help our bullpen out a little bit, because obviously the game didn't start as planned."

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