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Twins ride full-team effort to beat Blue Jays

It was a full team effort for the Twins in Saturday’s night’s 7-3 win, helping them vanquish the Toronto Blue Jays for the second consecutive night.

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Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Dylan Bundy (37) throws a pitch against the Toronto Blue Jays during the third inning at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on Aug. 6, 2022.
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It was Luis Arraez at the top of the order. It was Sandy León at the bottom of the lineup. And it was almost everyone else in between, too. Up and down the pitching staff, too, the Twins got contributions from a number of guys as six different relievers followed starter Dylan Bundy into the game.

It was a full team effort for the Twins in Saturday’s night’s 7-3 win, helping them vanquish the Toronto Blue Jays for the second consecutive night.

Arraez, the lead-off hitter for the Twins (57-50), snapped a mini skid with a pair of doubles, one which appeared to get lost in the lights, and a single on Saturday, scoring a pair of runs. Both of those runs scored on hits by Jorge Polanco, who drove Arraez in the third and fifth innings.

Nick Gordon, currently one of the hottest hitters on the planet, also finished the day with a pair of hits and scored two runs — one which came on a León sacrifice bunt and involved a collision at the plate with Blue Jays reliever Tim Mayza, who suffered a dislocated right shoulder. Gordon is now hitting over .500 in the month of August.

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Minnesota Twins shortstop Carlos Correa (4) reacts after Toronto Blue Jays center fielder Whit Merrifield (1) steals second base during the fourth inning at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on Aug. 6, 2022.
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And Jose Miranda, last month’s American League Rookie of the Month, collected two hits, one a home run — the Twins’ only longball of the night.

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The Twins used most of their bullpen to seal the win, too, as Trevor Megill, Michael Fulmer, Caleb Thielbar, Griffin Jax, Jhoan Duran and Jorge López entered after Bundy’s four-inning start. Bundy gave up two runs — on a Bo Bichette two-run blast, which tied the game in the fourth inning — before being removed at 65 pitches.

Fulmer, Jax, Duran, López all appeared for the second straight day, as the Twins relied heavily on their high-leverage arms to capture the win over the Blue Jays (59-48).

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