Lee powers up, hits first spring homer

Odorizzi allowed a run on four hits and was aided by the Rays' defense

Lee powers up, hits first spring homer

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Shortstop Hak-Ju Lee connected on a go-ahead two-run homer in the seventh inning to help lead the Rays to a 5-2 win over the Twins on Wednesday at Hammond Stadium.

Lee, facing left-hander Caleb Thielbar, homered to right field with one out in the seventh for his first homer of the spring. It was the second hit of the day for Lee, who also doubled in the third inning. His two-run shot scored Juan Francisco, who reached on an infield single.

Rays right-hander Jake Odorizzi went two innings, giving up one run, four hits and two walks. He was helped by his defense, as Brian Dozier was thrown out trying to score from second on a bloop single from Torii Hunter in the first inning.

Odorizzi loaded the bases with nobody out in the second, but limited the damage, as Minnesota scored on a fielder's choice RBI groundout from Jordan Schafer before Schafer was promptly caught stealing for the second out. Odorizzi got out of the jam by getting Danny Santana to ground out softly back to the pitcher.

"That was kind of the highlight for me today, was damage control," Odorizzi said after he came out of the game. "You know, bases loaded, nobody out and allowing just one run and get a double play mixed in there, too. That was encouraging to see."

Twins left-hander Tommy Milone was much sharper, throwing three scoreless innings, allowing three hits while striking out three. He pitched out of a jam in the third with runners on the corners and one out, as he struck out Logan Forsythe for the second out and got John Jaso to ground out to second.

Minnesota right-hander Trevor May followed Milone, and made his Grapefruit League debut after missing time early in camp with the flu. May cruised through the fourth inning with two strikeouts, but ran into trouble in the fifth. Former Twins infielder Alexi Casilla opened with a triple to right field before scoring on a double from Vince Belnome. Despite issuing a walk, May was able to get out of the inning with the help of two strikeouts.

Chris Herrmann added a solo shot for the Twins in the seventh off reliever Steve Geltz. It was the first homer of the spring for Herrmann and nearly went over the boardwalk area in right and out of the stadium. Dozier also fared well offensively for the Twins, going 3-for-3 before being removed for a pinch-runner in the fifth inning.

Up next for the Rays: Alex Cobb will make his second start of the spring Thursday afternoon against the Blue Jays in a 1:05 p.m. ET. contest at Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte, Fla. Also expected to see action are Ernesto Frieri, Kevin Jepsen, Brandon Gomes, Jordan Norberto, Kirby Yates, and C.J. Riefenhauser. Mark Buehrle will start for the Blue Jays.

Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Bollinger Beat, and follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.