One of the unheralded keys to the win on Saturday was catcher Mitch Garver. With regular starter Jason Castro getting a break, Garver stepped in and called the game for righthander Jake Odorizzi while going 2-for-4 at the plate with a home run that gave the a 3-1 lead.
"He was a big part of the win,'' Odorizzi said.
Garver figures to get starts against lefthanded pitchers, but was used on Saturday for a day game following a night game. Garver has some pop he hit 17 home runs last season at Class AAA Rochester and posting a .928 OPS.
"He had a nice day with Jake," Twins manager Paul Molitor said. "I thought he did a good job helping him get through and executing a plan offensively. The double down the right-field line and then homer gave us a little bit of a room there. Not a lot but it certainly helped us with the way the last couple innings unfolded.”
It was the second multi-hit game of Garver's career.