Twins fall to Blue Jays in 9th
TORONTO -- Kevin Pillar blooped a single to right field in the bottom of the ninth to drive in the winning run as the Toronto Blue Jays defeated the Minnesota Twins 5-4 on Monday.
TORONTO - Kevin Pillar blooped a single to right field in the bottom of the ninth to drive in the winning run as the Toronto Blue Jays defeated the Minnesota Twins 5-4 on Monday.
With Edwin Encarnacion hitting a three-run homer in the first and Jose Reyes adding a solo blast in the fifth, the Blue Jays (39-26) snapped a string of two straight shutout losses.
Danny Santana and Brian Dozier hit solo home runs to begin the game for the Twins (29-33), who have lost two straight.
Right-hander Casey Janssen (1-0) pitched the top of the ninth for the Blue Jays, seeking his 12th save, but he could not hold a 4-2 lead. He gave up a one-out single to designated hitter Kendrys Morales, his first hit in his first game with the Twins. Janssen later yielded a double to Kurt Suzuki with two outs that scored pinch-runner Eduardo Nunez from second to make it 4-3.
Eduardo Escobar tied the game with a bloop RBI double to left.
Right-hander Matt Guerrier (0-1) walked Dioner Navarro to lead off the home ninth. After Anthony Gose struck out, right-hander Casey Fien took over to face Reyes, who singled to push pinch-runner Erik Kratz to second. Pillar, who entered the game in left field as a defensive replacement, hit his single to right and Kratz beat the throw home for the winning run.
Blue Jays starter R.A. Dickey allowed home runs to the first two batters he faced, but they were the only runs he allowed through 5⅓ innings.
Twins right-hander Ricky Nolasco allowed seven hits, including two home runs, and four runs in 5⅔ innings. He walked two and struck out six.
Twins sign top pick
The Minnesota Twins signed shortstop Nick Gordon, their top selection in the 2014 first-year draft, for $3,851,000.