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Toronto100000100252

Twins 7, Blue Jays 2

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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TORONTO -- Johan Santana thought he tipped his pitches the last time he faced Toronto. He fixed that problem Friday night.

Santana pitched seven strong innings, and Shannon Stewart and Juan Castro homered to lead the Minnesota Twins to 7-2 victory over the Blue Jays.

The 2004 AL Cy Young Award winner allowed a season-high seven runs in a 10-3 loss to the Blue Jays on May 17.

"It seemed like every pitch I threw, they had an idea what was coming," Santana said. "So we tried to hide the ball better today and do something different, and it worked."

Staked to a 7-1 lead in the third, Santana (6-2) allowed two runs and four hits, struck out eight and walked two.

Santana was 0-2 with a 7.13 ERA in his last three starts against the Blue Jays.

"They were able to tell what was coming," Santana said of the game 10 days ago. "I think it was something with my hands because they didn't swing at that many changeups."

Toronto manager John Gibbons denied Santana tipped his pitches and said Friday's game "answered" that question.

Josh Towers (5-3) allowed a club-record 14 hits and gave up seven runs -- five earned -- in six innings. The Twins tied their season high with 16 hits.

Towers joked that he was proud of setting a record.

"That's awesome. I'm in the records books then? People are going to be able to read my name, that's great," Towers said. "I would have made it a little bigger if he had let me go back out there. He didn't let me though. I would have put that thing out of reach."

Reed Johnson led off the bottom of the first with a single and Frank Menechino followed with an RBI double, but Santana didn't allow another hit until Shea Hillenbrand led off the seventh with a double. Aaron Hill added an RBI single to score Toronto's other run.

"Santana came back and showed how good he is, especially after they tagged him over there in Minnesota," Stewart said. "He made some adjustments and made great pitches."

Matt Guerrier allowed one hit in two innings as Minnesota ended Toronto's three-game winning streak.

Jacque Jones had a two-run single in the first and Stewart hit a solo homer, his seventh, in the second.

The Twins took a 7-1 lead in the third by scoring four runs on Towers' run-scoring wild pitch, Mike Redmond's RBI single and Castro's two-run homer. The Twins had five hits in the inning.

Towers had won four of his previous five starts.

"He was up too much, overthrowing it at times," said Gibbons, who rested his bullpen by leaving Towers in the game. "Sometimes you have to suck it up."

Notes

Twins C Joe Mauer didn't start for the third straight game because of a tight right groin. Manager Ron Gardenhire said the Twins don't want to put Mauer on the disabled list unless they have to. "He's still sore but he feels better," Gardenhire said. "Hopefully, he'll get into a game here this weekend. ... Toronto RHP Roy Halladay reported no stiffness a day after throwing on the side. Halladay is scheduled to start Sunday after being pushed back a few days because of strained left side muscle. He was originally scheduled to pitch Thursday, but threw on the side instead.
 
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Players of the Game
Minnesota

S. Stewart
AB 5
R 2
H 4
HR 1
RBI 1
Minnesota

J. Santana
IP 7.0
H 4
ER 2
BB 2
K 8
 
Minnesota Twins
Shannon Stewart, LF5241000 .294
Nick Punto, 2B5130002 .296
Lew Ford, DH5020011 .282
Justin Morneau, 1B4000116 .309
Torii Hunter, CF5120015 .247
Jacque Jones, RF5122022 .286
Terry Tiffee, 3B5010016 .203
Mike Redmond, C5111001 .293
Juan Castro, SS5112000 .260
Totals4471661623 
Batting
2B - Torii Hunter (11, Towers)
3B - Nick Punto (2, Towers)
HR - Shannon Stewart (7, Towers), Juan Castro (2, Towers)
RBI - Shannon Stewart (22), Jacque Jones 2 (20), Mike Redmond (7), Juan Castro 2 (7)
2-OUT RBI - Shannon Stewart (10), Jacque Jones 2 (5)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
DP - Castro-Punto-Morneau
Minnesota Twins
Johan Santana (W,6-2) 7422280 3.70
Matt Guerrier 2100000 3.18
Pitches-Strikes - Johan Santana 101-63, Matt Guerrier 26-19
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Johan Santana 4-8, Matt Guerrier 3-3
Batters Faced - Johan Santana 26, Matt Guerrier 7
Toronto Blue Jays
Reed Johnson, LF3110111 .310
Frank Menechino, DH4011001 .216
Alex Rios, RF-CF4010032 .291
Shea Hillenbrand, 1B4110012 .332
Vernon Wells, CF3000002 .221
    Gabe Gross, RF1000001 .000
Aaron Hill, 3B4011011 .375
Gregg Zaun, C2000010 .276
    Ken Huckaby, C1000011 .146
Orlando Hudson, 2B3000001 .263
John McDonald, SS2000100 .333
Totals312522812 
Batting
2B - Frank Menechino (4, Santana), Shea Hillenbrand (9, Santana)
RBI - Frank Menechino (6), Aaron Hill (7)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Hudson-McDonald-Hillenbrand
E - Aaron Hill (1, Wild throw), John McDonald (3, Misplayed grounder)
Toronto Blue Jays
Josh Towers (L,5-3) 61475042 4.14
Justin Speier 1100000 4.02
Jason Frasor 1000120 3.60
Scott Schoeneweis 1100000 4.50
WP - Josh Towers (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Josh Towers 104-70, Justin Speier 14-10, Jason Frasor 16-9, Scott Schoeneweis 5-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Josh Towers 7-9, Scott Schoeneweis 2-0
Batters Faced - Josh Towers 34, Justin Speier 4, Jason Frasor 4, Scott Schoeneweis 3
Game Information
Attendance - 18702
Game Time - 2:28
Temperature - 68
Umpires - Home - Ed Montague, First Base - Jerry Layne, Second Base - Paul Emmel, Third Base - Tony Randazzo