St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Carlos Martinez.

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Cards Commit 3 Errors, Martinez Admits Lack Of Focus In Loss

The right-hander allowed four runs in five innings, with two of the runs unearned on a day when St. Louis matched its season worst with three errors.

May 08, 2018 - 4:38 pm
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ST. LOUIS (AP) — Jake Odorizzi pitched five strong innings and Eduardo Escobar had a two-run home run as the Minnesota Twins won their season-high fifth straight game with a 7-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday.

The win caps a two-game series sweep for the Twins, who have won 14 of their last 17 games against National League teams.

Odorizzi (3-2) allowed just two hits and one run, a homer by St. Louis' Jose Martinez in the first inning. The right-hander combined with three relievers to retire the final 18 batters of the game.

Carlos Martinez (3-2) saw his stretch of six straight starts allowing one or fewer runs end. The right-hander allowed four runs in five innings, with two of the runs unearned on a day when St. Louis matched its season worst with three errors.

"I was losing a little bit of my focus today between innings," Martinez says. "I was trying to compete and this is a bad day but I'm going to keep trying to compete everyday and be better focused everyday."

The Cardinals had just two hits in the loss and six hits combined in the two games against the Twins. St. Louis has now lost two in a row after a season-best five-game winning streak.

Escobar had two of Minnesota's 10 hits. Robbie Grossman had a two-run double in the fifth inning.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Cardinals: Center fielder Tommy Pham missed a second straight game with a lingering hip abductor injury. St. Louis manager Mike Matheny said giving Pham off on Tuesday made sense with Wednesday an off day. The 30-year-old is likely to return to the lineup against San Diego on Thursday.

UP NEXT

Cardinals: Miles Mikolas (4-0, 2.70 ERA) starts for St. Louis when it opens a four-game series at San Diego on Thursday. The right-hander threw seven scoreless innings against the Chicago Cubs in his last start. He's struck out 31 and walked only two batters in 40 innings this season.