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TORONTO -- Knocked out of first place by defensive miscues and missed opportunities at the plate, the Minnesota Twins aren't cursing their luck, just hoping it changes in a hurry.
Minnesota lost for the eighth time in 11 games and dropped to 5-8 with one game remaining on its 14-game road trip. The Twins fell one game behind the Chicago White Sox in the AL Central. Chicago beat Cleveland 4-2.
"This will turn around," Twins closer Joe Nathan said. "We're not aren't as bad as it has gone. As bad as our luck has gone, we're hoping it's going to turn and do just as good on the other end."
Minnesota stranded 13 runners and matched a season high with three errors, including two that led to Toronto runs.
"We missed too many plays, bobbled too many balls and kept giving them opportunities," manager Ron Gardenhire said.
Even as the pressure mounts, the Twins remain upbeat. The clubhouse stereo blasted Bob Marley after the game as backup catcher Mike Redmond threw a consoling arm around Jason Pridie, whose ninth-inning error allowed Toronto to tie it.
Gardenhire said his young team isn't worried about the recent slide.
"We're a game out of first place, we're in September and I think a lot of teams would like to be where we're at," Gardenhire said. "A lot of people think the world is ending but it's not for this clubhouse. We'll be back and ready to play tomorrow."
Blue Jays left-hander Jesse Carlson (6-1) worked one perfect inning to win for the second time in two days.
Toronto rookie Travis Snider had a career-high three hits as the Blue Jays won their fourth straight.
"We're going to take a good look at this kid and hope that he continues to play like that," manager Cito Gaston said. "He had a great night."
Scott Rolen doubled off Eddie Guardado (3-4) to begin the 11th and went to third when Snider dropped a single in front of Jason Kubel in left. Boof Bonser came on to face McDonald, who lofted a single to center over the drawn-in outfield.
It was back and forth in the late innings as Minnesota took a 4-3 lead with a two-out rally in the ninth against Toronto closer B.J. Ryan. Justin Morneau doubled and Jason Kubel walked before both runners moved up on a wild pitch. Brendan Harris followed with a slow grounder up the middle, sliding safely into first ahead of the throw from second baseman Marco Scutaro.
Facing Nathan, the Blue Jays tied it in the bottom half. Gregg Zaun led off with a walk and was replaced by pinch-runner Curtis Thigpen. Two outs later, Snider lined a single to right that Pridie mishandled, allowing Thigpen to score and putting Snider at second.
"I'm not going to say it's just because it's my first day," said Pridie, who was making his major league debut. "I know I'm a better defender than that."
Nathan worked out of a jam in the 10th as Toronto put the winning run at third with one out, but came up empty. Alex Rios tripled off the left field wall and Vernon Wells and Adam Lind were intentionally walked to load the bases, but Thigpen struck out and Lyle Overbay flied out.
Blue Jays starter A.J. Burnett allowed three runs and six hits in 6 2/3 innings. The right-hander walked four and struck out eight to give him 201 this season, the second time in his career he has topped 200. He struck out a career-high 203 in 2002.
Blackburn gave up three runs in 6 2/3 innings and has not won in five starts. He walked none and struck out six.
|John McDonald sits back and watches his single in the 11th inning do the job by sinking the Twins. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Denard Span, RF-CF||6||0||1||0||0||3||6||.296|
|Alexi Casilla, 2B||5||1||0||0||1||0||2||.294|
|Joe Mauer, C||6||0||2||3||0||1||0||.323|
|Justin Morneau, 1B||4||1||2||0||2||0||0||.313|
|Jason Kubel, LF||5||0||1||0||1||1||5||.277|
|Brian Buscher, DH||3||0||0||0||0||1||2||.303|
|a- Brendan Harris, PH-DH||2||0||1||1||0||0||0||.261|
|Nick Punto, SS||4||1||1||0||1||0||3||.288|
|Matt Tolbert, 3B||4||0||2||0||1||1||2||.276|
|Carlos Gomez, CF||2||0||0||0||0||2||2||.252|
|b- Delmon Young, PH||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.287|
|Jason Pridie, PR-RF||0||1||0||0||1||0||0||.000|
|a-grounded out for Buscher in the 8th|
|b-doubled for Gomez in the 7th|
|2B - Joe Mauer (27, Downs), Justin Morneau (40, Ryan), Delmon Young (24, Burnett)|
|3B - Matt Tolbert (1, Burnett)|
|SH - Jason Pridie (1)|
|RBI - Joe Mauer 3 (70), Brendan Harris (45)|
|2-OUT RBI - Joe Mauer 3 (36), Brendan Harris (21)|
|SB - Matt Tolbert (5, 2nd base off Burnett/Barajas)|
|CS - Denard Span (6, 2nd base by Burnett/Barajas)|
|Team LOB - 13|
|DP - Tolbert-Casilla-Morneau|
|E - Jason Pridie (1, Misplayed grounder), Nick Punto (8, Misplayed grounder), Matt Tolbert (5, Throwing)|
|Joe Nathan (BS,6)||2||2||1||0||3||2||0||1.07|
|Eddie Guardado (L,3-4)||0||2||1||1||0||0||0||4.35|
|IBB - J. Bautista by Dennys Reyes, V. Wells by Joe Nathan, by Lind|
|Pitches-Strikes - Nick Blackburn 84-58, Dennys Reyes 4-0, Matt Guerrier 17-12, Joe Nathan 45-22, Eddie Guardado 12-8, Boof Bonser 2-1|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Nick Blackburn 10-5, Matt Guerrier 3-1|
|Batters Faced - Nick Blackburn 27, Dennys Reyes 1, Matt Guerrier 4, Joe Nathan 11, Eddie Guardado 2, Boof Bonser 1|
|Toronto Blue Jays|
|Joe Inglett, 2B||3||1||1||2||0||0||1||.301|
|a- Jose Bautista, PH||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.246|
|John McDonald, SS||2||0||1||1||0||1||1||.217|
|Marco Scutaro, SS-2B||5||0||0||0||0||0||3||.264|
|Alex Rios, RF||5||0||2||0||0||1||0||.294|
|Vernon Wells, CF||4||0||0||0||1||1||1||.298|
|Adam Lind, LF||4||0||1||0||1||1||0||.296|
|Rod Barajas, C||3||0||1||0||0||2||1||.256|
|Kevin Mench, PR||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||.235|
|Gregg Zaun, C||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.222|
|Curtis Thigpen, PR-C||1||1||0||0||0||1||3||.143|
|Lyle Overbay, 1B||5||0||1||0||0||0||5||.273|
|Scott Rolen, 3B||5||1||1||0||0||1||1||.247|
|Travis Snider, DH||5||1||3||0||0||0||1||.333|
|a-was walked intentionally for Inglett in the 7th|
|2B - Alex Rios (42, Blackburn), Scott Rolen (23, Guardado)|
|3B - Alex Rios (7, Nathan)|
|HR - Joe Inglett (3, Blackburn)|
|RBI - Joe Inglett 2 (31), John McDonald (17)|
|Team LOB - 11|
|Toronto Blue Jays|
|Scott Downs (BS,3)||1.1||2||0||0||2||1||0||1.23|
|Jesse Carlson (W,6-1)||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||1.99|
|WP - B.J. Ryan (2)|
|Pitches-Strikes - A.J. Burnett 113-64, Scott Downs 25-12, B.J. Ryan 24-14, Brandon League 15-9, Jesse Carlson 9-6|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A.J. Burnett 7-4, Scott Downs 3-0, Brandon League 3-0, Jesse Carlson 1-2|
|Batters Faced - A.J. Burnett 29, Scott Downs 8, B.J. Ryan 6, Brandon League 4, Jesse Carlson 3|
|Attendance - 21475|
|Game Time - 3:35|
|Temperature - 84|
|Umpires - Home - Angel Hernandez, First Base - Eric Cooper, Second Base - Marty Foster, Third Base - Derryl Cousins|