Blue Jays overwhelm Diamond, Twins
TORONTO (AP) — Todd Redmond pitched one-hit ball over five innings for his first major league win and the Toronto Blue Jays hit three home runs Sunday to beat the slumping Minnesota Twins 11-5.
Rajai Davis hit a three-run homer and Jose Reyes and Colby Rasmus also connected for the Blue Jays, who won for the 10th time in 13 meetings with Minnesota.
Redmond (1-1) allowed two runs, with three walks and four strikeouts.
Redmond made his first start of the season for Toronto and just the second of his career.
The right-hander was called up from Triple-A Buffalo last week after the Blue Jays designated Chien-Ming Wang for assignment.
The Blue Jays took two out of three and have not lost a series against Minnesota since May 2007. Toronto has won nine straight home series over the Twins dating to May 2005.
Aaron Hicks and Trevor Plouffe homered for the Twins, who have lost seven of eight and 12 of 16 to fall a season-worst 11 games below .500.
Davis got two hits and scored three times. Rasmus also singled and doubled, drove in three runs and scored twice.
Hicks had the only hit off Redmond, a two-run homer in the fifth.
After surrendering a leadoff walk in the first, Redmond retired the next 11 batters in order.
Aaron Loup and Dustin McGowan each worked one inning, Brett Cecil got two outs in the eighth and Neil Wagner got the third before Casey Janssen finished.
All three Blue Jays homers came off Scott Diamond, who lost for the fourth time in six starts. Diamond (5-8) allowed six runs and eight hits in 4 2-3 innings and walked a season-high four.
Toronto opened the scoring in the fourth when Davis hit a two-out double and Rasmus followed with his 16th homer.
The Twins tied it in the fifth when Hicks followed a one-out walk to Clete Thomas with his seventh homer.
The Blue Jays took the lead for good with a four-run fifth. Reyes hit a leadoff homer, his fourth. Four batters later, after Edwin Encarnacion walked and Mark DeRosa singled, Davis hit a second-deck shot to left.
Minnesota cut it to 6-3 on Chris Parmelee’s grounder in the sixth. Adam Lind hit an RBI double in the bottom half off Anthony Swarzak.
The Blue Jays scored four more in the seventh off Josh Roenicke and Brian Duensing. Rasmus hit an RBI double and scored on Maicer Izturis’ single, and two runs scored on Encarnacion’s triple.
Plouffe made it 11-5 with a two-run homer off Cecil in the eighth, his ninth.
Pelfrey, 3 Twins reliever blank Blue Jays 6-0
TORONTO (AP) — Brian Dozier hit a three-run home run, Mike Pelfrey and three relievers combined for a four-hitter and the Minnesota Twins beat the Toronto Blue Jays 6-0 on Saturday.
Dozier had two hits and four RBIs, connecting off knuckleballer R.A. Dickey for his eighth homer as the Twins snapped a six-game skid and won for just the fourth time in 14 games.
Minnesota came in having lost 17 of 23 to Toronto, including eight of nine at Rogers Centre.
Pitching for the first time since June 18 after landing on the disabled list with a strained back, Pelfrey (4-6) snapped an eight-start winless streak to earn his first victory since May 5 at Cleveland. He allowed three hits in six innings, walked three and struck out two.
Caleb Thielbar worked the seventh, Jared Burton pitched the eighth and Glen Perkins finished.
Maicer Izturis had three of Toronto’s four hits as the Blue Jays lost for the seventh time in 10 games. Slugger Jose Bautista, who hit his 20th homer Friday, flied out to the warning track twice.
Pelfrey loaded the bases with three straight two-out walks in the first but Rajai Davis grounded out to end the threat.
Chris Parmalee doubled to begin the second and moved to third on Aaron Hicks’ single but was caught in a rundown after Dickey snared Eduardo Escobar’s comebacker, leaving men at first and second. After the runners moved up on a passed ball, Brian Dozier hit an RBI grounder, Jamey Carroll hit an RBI double and Joe Mauer followed with a run-scoring single.
Parmalee doubled off Dickey again to open the seventh and Hicks walked but Parmalee was forced at third on Escobar’s bunt. Dozier followed with his first home run since June 21.
Dickey (8-9) had won three of his previous four starts, including a two-hit shutout of Tampa Bay on June 26 and seven solid innings in an 8-3 win over Detroit on Monday. But he wasn’t as effective in this one, giving up six runs and seven hits in seven innings. He walked two and struck out three.
Dickey has allowed six runs or more in seven of his 19 starts this season.
Twins outfielder Oswaldo Garcia was hit on the right hand by Dickey in the sixth. He stayed in the game but was replaced by Clete Thomas in the bottom of the seventh.