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Bautista, Rios help Jays drop Twins for seventh straight time

CBSSports.com wire reports
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TORONTO -- Locked in a tight AL Central race, the Minnesota Twins can't afford too many nights like this.

Jose Bautista and Alex Rios had four hits each, hitting back-to-back homers Tuesday as the Toronto Blue Jays erased a four-run deficit to beat Minnesota 7-5 for their seventh straight victory over the Twins.

"This is a game we should have won," Minnesota pitcher Boof Bonser said. "We know where we are, so every game is big."

Lyle Overbay also homered for Toronto, which finished with 17 hits in winning its third straight.

Minnesota stayed tied with the Chicago White Sox atop the AL Central. The Twins lost for the seventh time in 10 games and dropped to 5-7 with two games remaining on a season-long 14-game road trip.

"We didn't keep the ball in the ballpark," manager Ron Gardenhire lamented. "It's unfortunate. We came out swinging the bats pretty good, running around the bases pretty good early in the game and we just kind of gave it back to them."

Minnesota's past seven losses have been by a combined 11 runs.

"It's getting old," outfielder Denard Span said. "We've lost some tough ones this whole road trip. All the losses we've had have been ones that we should have won the game. We've got to start picking it up and start finishing games a little better."

The White Sox lost 9-3 at Cleveland, their fifth defeat in six games.

"It's more on us," Twins starter Glen Perkins said. "We can't rely on them to lose."

Down 5-1, Toronto cut the gap to one with a three-run fifth that featured a two-run homer by Bautista, his first since joining Toronto in an Aug. 21 trade with Pittsburgh. Rios followed with his 11th, giving Toronto back-to-back homers for the second time this season. Matt Stairs and Scott Rolen did it June 13 in a 3-2 victory over the Chicago Cubs.

Rolen walked leading off the sixth and Overbay put Toronto ahead 6-5 with a two-run homer off Bonser (3-7), his 12th.

"It was right down the middle and it was supposed to be away," Bonser said about the fastball that Overbay hit to right.

Overbay is batting .328 (20-for-61) with 13 RBI in his past 16 games and hopes to end an up-and-down season on a high note.

"Usually I'm just kind of even," Overbay said. "It seems like I've gone good and then I've gone bad and I just can't stay in the middle of it. Hopefully this month will be something I can build on."

Toronto has 102 home runs, the third-lowest total in the AL. Only Minnesota and Kansas City, with 98 each, have hit fewer.

Four left-handers came out of Toronto's bullpen to work six shutout innings, including two perfect ones by Jesse Carlson (5-1). Brian Tallet handled the fourth and fifth, Carlson the sixth and seventh, Scott Downs the eighth and B.J. Ryan closed it out for his 26th save in 29 opportunities.

"If you get some runs off (Toronto) early you'd better hold them because if you get behind, it's going to be really tough with that pitching staff and that bullpen," Gardenhire said.

Bonser, the second of six Minnesota pitchers, took the loss, allowing two runs and two hits in one inning.

Minnesota took a 3-0 lead in the third when Alexi Casilla and Joe Mauer led off with singles before Casilla scored on a single by Justin Morneau. Mauer scored and Morneau went to second on a wild pitch before Delmon Young capped the rally two outs later with a run-scoring single.

Vernon Wells had an RBI single in the bottom half, but Minnesota added two runs in the fourth to make it 5-1. Nick Punto singled, stole second and scored on Span's single. Span, who took second on the throw, stole third and scored one out later on Mauer's sacrifice fly.

Rios gave the Blue Jays an insurance run with an RBI double in the eighth off Matt Guerrier.

Blue Jays starter David Purcey allowed five runs and seven hits in three-plus innings. He walked two and struck out four.

Purcey was the seventh consecutive left-handed starter the Twins have faced, making them the first team to see seven straight southpaws since the 1991 New York Mets. The Twins have gone 3-4 in those games.

Perkins gave up four runs and 10 hits in five innings. He walked one and struck out one.

"It was just one of those nights where I didn't have anything, really," said Perkins, who has won nine of his past 10 decisions. "It was a struggle the whole night just to try and find it. From the time I stepped on the field it didn't feel quite right."

Notes

  • Mauer's sacrifice fly was Minnesota's major league-leading 61st of the season.
  • Minnesota LHP Jose Mijares, one of seven players added to the roster Tuesday, did not travel to Toronto because of visa problems. The Venezuela native will join the Twins when they return home Friday to open a three-game series against Detroit.
  • Toronto activated OF Brad Wilkerson from the 15-day DL and recalled RHP Shaun Marcum, OF Kevin Mench, RHP Scott Richmond, C Curtis Thigpen and RHP Brian Wolfe. Marcum will return to the starting rotation Saturday against Tampa Bay, while Richmond and Wolfe will pitch out of the bullpen.
 
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While Joe Mauer (below) wins the collision with P David Purcey at home, it's the Jays who win the game.  (AP)
While Joe Mauer (below) wins the collision with P David Purcey at home, it's the Jays who win the game. (AP)

Players of the Game
Toronto

J. Bautista
AB 5
R 2
H 4
HR 1
RBI 2
Minnesota

J. Mauer
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
 
Minnesota Twins
Denard Span, CF5111022 .299
Alexi Casilla, 2B4110001 .299
Joe Mauer, C3121000 .323
Justin Morneau, 1B4111002 .311
Jason Kubel, RF4010002 .278
Randy Ruiz, DH3000112 .302
Delmon Young, LF4021011 .285
Brian Buscher, 3B2000112 .309
   a- Matt Macri, PH-3B1000010 .355
Nick Punto, SS4110012 .288
Totals3459427  
a-struck out for Buscher in the 8th
Batting
SF - Joe Mauer (8)
RBI - Denard Span (35), Joe Mauer (67), Justin Morneau (109), Delmon Young (59)
2-OUT RBI - Delmon Young (20)
SB - Denard Span (14, 3rd base off Tallet/Barajas), Nick Punto (10, 2nd base off Purcey/Barajas)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Denard Span 1
DP - Punto-Casilla-Morneau
Minnesota Twins
Glen Perkins 51044112 4.08
Boof Bonser (L,3-7) 1222111 6.17
Jesse Crain 0.2200000 3.93
Dennys Reyes 0.1000010 2.31
Matt Guerrier 0.2311110 4.63
Craig Breslow 0.1000010 2.35
IBB - V. Wells by Matt Guerrier
Pitches-Strikes - Glen Perkins 88-56, Boof Bonser 22-13, Jesse Crain 15-11, Dennys Reyes 3-3, Matt Guerrier 16-9, Craig Breslow 4-3
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Glen Perkins 6-6, Boof Bonser 2-0, Matt Guerrier 1-0
Batters Faced - Glen Perkins 24, Boof Bonser 6, Jesse Crain 4, Dennys Reyes 1, Matt Guerrier 6, Craig Breslow 1
Toronto Blue Jays
Marco Scutaro, 2B4220100 .267
Jose Bautista, DH5242001 .246
Alex Rios, RF5142011 .293
Vernon Wells, CF4021101 .301
Rod Barajas, C5000015 .256
Adam Lind, LF4030000 .297
    Brad Wilkerson, PR-LF1000013 .218
Scott Rolen, 3B3100103 .248
Lyle Overbay, 1B4122012 .273
John McDonald, SS4000013 .213
Totals39717735  
Batting
2B - Jose Bautista (17, Bonser), Alex Rios (41, Guerrier)
HR - Jose Bautista (13, Perkins), Alex Rios (11, Perkins), Lyle Overbay (12, Bonser)
RBI - Jose Bautista 2 (49), Alex Rios 2 (62), Vernon Wells (64), Lyle Overbay 2 (59)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
DP - Scutaro-McDonald-Overbay
Toronto Blue Jays
David Purcey 3755240 6.15
Brian Tallet 2200000 3.13
Jesse Carlson (W,5-1) 2000000 2.03
Scott Downs (H,21) 1000010 1.25
B.J. Ryan (S,26) 1000020 2.57
HBP - Casilla (by David Purcey)
WP - David Purcey (2)
Pitches-Strikes - David Purcey 86-47, Brian Tallet 17-15, Jesse Carlson 16-13, Scott Downs 10-6, B.J. Ryan 18-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - David Purcey 2-3, Brian Tallet 2-3, Jesse Carlson 3-3, Scott Downs 2-0
Batters Faced - David Purcey 19, Brian Tallet 7, Jesse Carlson 6, Scott Downs 3, B.J. Ryan 3
Game Information
Attendance - 21254
Game Time - 2:53
Temperature - 79
Umpires - Home - Derryl Cousins, First Base - Angel Hernandez, Second Base - Eric Cooper, Third Base - Marty Foster