|Minnesota (69-68) «||5||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||0||6||11||0|
TORONTO -- For once, good pitching and hitting clicked on the same day for the Minnesota Twins.
"That's kind of been our thing all year, that's why we've been pretty much around .500 is we haven't really hit for a long stretch of time when we've pitched for a long stretch of time," first baseman Justin Morneau said. "It's kind of been a little inconsistent at both ends."
Jason Kubel doubled twice for the Twins, who snapped a seven-game losing streak in Toronto. The Blue Jays have lost 11 of 15.
Mauer doubled and singled twice, boosting his average to .369. He delivered a two-run single in the first inning.
"Amazing," Morneau said. "The year he's having, it's unfortunate we're not in first place because he'd be, I mean, in my opinion he still should get the MVP, but he'd be running away with that thing."
Blue Jays second baseman Aaron Hill left the game after three innings and took a flight home to Palm Harbor, Fla., after learning that wife Elizabeth had gone into labor with the couple's first child.
"He's real excited, a little nervous too, which I don't blame him for that," manager Cito Gaston said. "I hope everything goes well for them. I'm not going to worry about him getting back here, just hope that the baby's fine and she's fine, too."
Toronto rookie Randy Ruiz, hit in the face by a pitch Sunday, was available but did not play.
Making his second major league start, Jeff Manship couldn't hold on long enough for his first career win. He allowed three runs and seven hits in 4 1-3 innings.
"I definitely didn't have a changeup today, which I think hurt me," Manship said. "I just think I was throwing way too many pitches, I was trying to be too fine at times and rushing myself."
Minnesota had scored five runs overall just once in their previous 10 games, but broke loose against Scott Richmond (6-9). Mauer put the Twins ahead, Morneau and Michael Cuddyer had RBI singles and Delmon Young drove in a run with a grounder.
"I don't want to say it was a monkey off our back because I don't think we put too much pressure on but it definitely gave us a sigh of relief," Cuddyer said. "I'm sure it gave the pitching staff a sigh of relief as well."
Morneau's single snapped an 0 for 19 slump while Cuddyer's hit ended an 0 for 16 skid.
"It feels like my first hit in about a month," Morneau said. "I tried to get that ball."
Morneau was happy to see the Twins combine good hitting and strong pitching after losing two of three in Cleveland, scoring just seven runs.
"We scuffled in Cleveland and, for a team that has scored runs all year, it's tough when you go through stretches like that," Morneau said. "The pitchers have been throwing the ball great. If they keep doing that and we swing the way we're capable of, we can hopefully make this thing interesting down the stretch."
The Twins are 6½ games behind Detroit in the AL Central, but have seven games remaining against the Tigers.
Denard Span capped the scoring with an RBI single in the sixth.
|Twins catcher Joe Mauer finishes with three hits, including a two-run single in the first inning. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Denard Span, CF-LF||4||1||1||1||1||2||2||.310|
|Nick Punto, SS||5||1||1||0||0||0||2||.221|
|Joe Mauer, C||5||1||3||2||0||0||0||.369|
|Justin Morneau, 1B||5||1||1||1||0||1||2||.279|
|Jason Kubel, DH||4||1||2||0||0||0||1||.308|
|Michael Cuddyer, RF||4||0||1||1||0||0||1||.268|
|Delmon Young, LF||4||0||1||1||0||0||0||.264|
|Carlos Gomez, PR-CF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.237|
|Brian Buscher, 3B||2||1||0||0||2||1||0||.221|
|Alexi Casilla, 2B||4||0||1||0||0||0||1||.195|
|2B - Joe Mauer (23, Richmond), Jason Kubel 2 (29, Richmond, Carlson)|
|RBI - Denard Span (54), Joe Mauer 2 (82), Justin Morneau (98), Michael Cuddyer (68), Delmon Young (43)|
|2-OUT RBI - Denard Span (18)|
|CS - Carlos Gomez (6, 2nd base by Camp/Barajas)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|Ron Mahay (H,5)||0.2||0||0||0||0||1||0||4.60|
|Jesse Crain (H,4; W,5-4)||1.1||0||0||0||0||3||0||5.63|
|Matt Guerrier (H,28)||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||2.31|
|Joe Nathan (S,37)||1||0||0||0||0||2||0||2.28|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jeff Manship 104-64, Bobby Keppel 13-7, Ron Mahay 10-7, Jesse Crain 21-12, Matt Guerrier 7-6, Joe Nathan 11-7|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeff Manship 2-7, Bobby Keppel 1-1, Ron Mahay 1-0, Jesse Crain 1-0, Matt Guerrier 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Jeff Manship 22, Bobby Keppel 3, Ron Mahay 2, Jesse Crain 4, Matt Guerrier 3, Joe Nathan 3|
|Toronto Blue Jays|
|Marco Scutaro, SS||5||1||1||0||0||3||0||.282|
|Aaron Hill, 2B||1||0||1||0||1||0||0||.286|
|Jose Bautista, RF||2||1||1||1||0||1||0||.221|
|Adam Lind, DH||3||1||2||1||0||0||0||.304|
|Lyle Overbay, 1B||3||0||1||0||1||2||2||.271|
|Vernon Wells, CF||4||0||1||1||0||1||4||.250|
|Rod Barajas, C||4||0||0||0||0||1||4||.241|
|Edwin Encarnacion, 3B||4||0||0||0||0||1||2||.197|
|Travis Snider, LF||4||0||1||0||0||2||0||.222|
|Joe Inglett, RF-2B||3||0||0||0||0||0||1||.293|
|John McDonald, 2B||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.244|
|2B - Marco Scutaro (34, Manship), Lyle Overbay (28, Manship)|
|HR - Jose Bautista (4, Manship)|
|SF - Adam Lind (2)|
|RBI - Jose Bautista (21), Adam Lind (94), Vernon Wells (57)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|Toronto Blue Jays|
|Scott Richmond (L,6-9)||6||8||6||6||3||2||0||4.76|
|Pitches-Strikes - Scott Richmond 109-68, Jesse Carlson 16-10, Shawn Camp 9-6, Scott Downs 19-11|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Scott Richmond 5-11, Jesse Carlson 3-0, Shawn Camp 1-0, Scott Downs 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Scott Richmond 29, Jesse Carlson 4, Shawn Camp 3, Scott Downs 4|
|Attendance - 13153|
|Game Time - 2:56|
|Temperature - 69|
|Umpires - Home - Ed Rapuano, First Base - Paul Schrieber, Second Base - Paul Nauert, Third Base - Joe West|