Jays cap sweep of Twins
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Esmil Rogers pitched well into the eighth inning and Jose Reyes’ late double broke a scoreless tie that led the Toronto Blue Jays past the Minnesota Twins 2-0 Sunday for a three-game sweep.
Rogers (5-7) allowed three hits and a walk while striking out four over 7 2-3 innings to win back-to-back starts for the first time since June 13 and 18. Rogers — who hasn’t allowed a run in his last two starts — outdueled Twins rookie Andrew Albers, who took a no-decision despite a brilliant outing. Albers scattered four hits over seven innings with no walks and a season-high five strikeouts.
But the Blue Jays quickly got to Twins reliever Jared Burton (2-9), who came out to start the eighth for Albers.
The Twins had a chance to take the lead after Pedro Florimon's lead-off double in the sixth. Alex Presley followed with a single, but the speedy Florimon was held up at third and then thrown out at home on Chris Herrmann’s ensuing grounder. Presley advanced to third on Brian Dozier's long fly, but Oswaldo Arcia grounded out to short and end the threat, drawing loud boos from the home crowd.
Blue Jays 11, Twins 2
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Adam Lind hit a pair of three-run homers and J.A. Happ snapped a three-game losing streak, leading the Toronto Blue Jays over the Minnesota Twins 11-2 on Saturday night.
Lind’s first home run highlighted a five-run first inning a night after Toronto posted five runs in the third frame in a victory over Minnesota. Lind went deep again in the eighth for his second multi-homer game this season and 10th of his career.
Happ (4-5), who entered the game with a 7.71 ERA in his last three outings, allowed an unearned run on five hits while striking out four. Kevin Correia (9-11) took the loss for Minnesota.