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Bautista's 11th-inning HR lifts Blue Jays past Twins

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Corey Patterson's face lights up when asked about hitting in front of Jose Bautista, the man he believes to be the best player in baseball.

"You'll get a pitch to hit, sometimes two, sometimes maybe even three because they know who's on deck and they don't want to have guys on base when he comes up," Patterson said. "I know that in the back of my mind."

Case in point: Toronto's 11-inning win over Minnesota on Saturday.

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With Patterson on first, Bautista hit a two-run homer in the 11th and the Blue Jays won their fourth straight game by beating Minnesota 9-3.

Bautista's two-run shot off reliever Jim Hoey broke a 3-all tie. Hoey walked the next two batters and J.P. Arencibia followed with a double off Jose Mijares to help send the Twins to their seventh straight loss.

Bautista's homer was his major league-leading 13th of the season and came after Glen Perkins (0-1) gave up a leadoff single to Patterson.

Bautista entered the game leading baseball in walks (34), slugging percentage (.798) and on-base percentage (.525). He has reached base safely in 30 of 31 games, including 20 straight.

"He's hitting home runs, has a high a high average, RBI, on-base percentage," Patterson said. "Typically guys that hit a lot of homers are going to be lacking in something as far as their average goes."

"That's one guy I do not want to face," said Blue Jays starter Jo-Jo Reyes, who allowed a season-high 10 hits and extended his winless streak to 26 consecutive starts. "People try throwing him in and he hits home runs. Today, they started going away so he hits a home run the other way. Throw the whole kitchen sink and see what he hits. I have no clue. I don't want to face him."

Former Twins closer Jon Rauch (2-2) pitched two scoreless innings.

Minnesota starter Nick Blackburn struck out a career-high eight through 7 2/3 innings. He looked well on his way to his third win before a two-out infield single by Yunel Escobar in the eighth. Patterson followed with a triple that made it 3-all, and Blackburn was done after intentionally walking Bautista.

"I made some pretty good pitches and all that stuff, but the fact that it ended that way is still pretty frustrating," he said.

Minnesota had a chance to win in the ninth after Justin Morneau doubled to center, but Delmon Young struck out for the third time and Michael Cuddyer, who homered earlier, popped out to second to send the game to extra innings.

The Twins were 1 for 13 with runners in scoring position, and are 6 for 40 in the last four games.

"There was a lot of big opportunities. We were one big hit away. That's it. Nobody's going to feel sorry for us," Morneau said.

Arencibia hit his sixth homer of the season, a towering solo shot to left in the second inning to make it 2-2.

Notes

  • A moment of silence was held for New York Rangers defenseman Derek Boogaard before the game. Boogaard, a popular member of the Minnesota Wild for five seasons, was found dead in his Minneapolis apartment Friday.
  • Blue Jays 1B Adam Lind (back) missed his sixth straight game a day after being scratched from the lineup. The team is hopeful Lind can be available Monday. "I don't really have another way to categorize the time frame other than 'not right now,' " manager John Farrell said.
  • Twins slugger Jim Thome continues to make progress in his recovery from a left oblique strain. Manager Ron Gardenhire said Thome -- currently on a rehab assignment at the team's minor league facilities in Fort Myers, Fla. -- could potentially rejoin the Twins during their interleague series at Arizona next weekend.
  • Asked about the wrap on his foot before the game, Gardenhire said: "My Achilles is a little sore -- too many trips to the mound."
 
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Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista connects in the 11th for his 13th home run of the season. (US Presswire)
Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista connects in the 11th for his 13th home run of the season. (US Presswire)

Players of the Game
Toronto

J. Arencibia
AB 5
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
Minnesota

M. Cuddyer
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 1
 

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Toronto Blue Jays
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Yunel Escobar, SS6230014 .281
Corey Patterson, LF4122001 .281
Jose Bautista, RF5112103 .358
Juan Rivera, DH4100143 .217
Aaron Hill, 2B4100110 .216
J.P. Arencibia, C5223020 .229
David Cooper, 1B3000100 .121
   a- Edwin Encarnacion, PH-1B1010000 .257
John McDonald, 3B4100111 .216
Rajai Davis, CF3001221 .232
Totals39998711  
a-singled for Cooper in the 11th
Batting
2B - J.P. Arencibia (5, Mijares)
3B - Corey Patterson (2, Blackburn)
HR - Jose Bautista (13, Hoey), J.P. Arencibia (6, Blackburn)
SF - Corey Patterson (1)
SH - Corey Patterson (1)
RBI - Corey Patterson 2 (18), Jose Bautista 2 (23), J.P. Arencibia 3 (15), Rajai Davis (5)
2-OUT RBI - Corey Patterson (10)
CS - Jose Bautista (1, 2nd base by Blackburn/Rivera)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
E - David Cooper (2, Throwing), Yunel Escobar (3, Throwing)
Toronto Blue Jays
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jo-Jo Reyes 5.21032161 4.75
Jason Frasor 0.1000010 1.62
Marc Rzepczynski 0.1100000 2.55
Octavio Dotel 0.2100120 6.75
Casey Janssen 1000000 1.62
Jon Rauch (W,2-2) 2100010 2.70
Shawn Camp 1000010 2.37
Pitches-Strikes - Jo-Jo Reyes 107-68, Jason Frasor 4-3, Marc Rzepczynski 4-3, Octavio Dotel 14-8, Casey Janssen 14-8, Jon Rauch 17-14, Shawn Camp 11-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jo-Jo Reyes 4-7, Casey Janssen 2-1, Jon Rauch 1-4, Shawn Camp 2-0
Batters Faced - Jo-Jo Reyes 28, Jason Frasor 1, Marc Rzepczynski 2, Octavio Dotel 4, Casey Janssen 3, Jon Rauch 7, Shawn Camp 3
Minnesota Twins
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Denard Span, CF5120102 .293
Trevor Plouffe, SS6120024 .316
Jason Kubel, DH6010013 .336
Justin Morneau, 1B5020022 .223
    Alexi Casilla, PR-2B0000000 .175
Delmon Young, LF4001033 .215
Michael Cuddyer, RF5131012 .248
Danny Valencia, 3B4020100 .235
Luke Hughes, 2B-1B5000026 .217
Rene Rivera, C3010003 .083
   a- Ben Revere, PH1000000 .167
    Drew Butera, C1000000 .104
Totals453132211  
a-grounded out for Rivera in the 8th
Batting
2B - Justin Morneau (9, Rauch)
HR - Michael Cuddyer (4, Reyes)
SF - Delmon Young (2)
RBI - Delmon Young (7), Michael Cuddyer (6)
Team LOB - 12
Fielding
DP - Casilla-Plouffe-Hughes
E - Danny Valencia (3, Throwing)
Minnesota Twins
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Nick Blackburn 7.2532281 3.70
Matt Capps 1.1000020 3.93
Glen Perkins (L,0-1) 1111110 0.92
Jim Hoey0133201 9.72
Jose Mijares0222200 5.40
Alex Burnett 1000000 7.00
IBB - J. Bautista by Nick Blackburn
WP - Nick Blackburn (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Nick Blackburn 110-70, Matt Capps 13-10, Glen Perkins 17-10, Jim Hoey 12-3, Jose Mijares 14-4, Alex Burnett 7-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Nick Blackburn 8-7, Matt Capps 2-0, Glen Perkins 1-0, Alex Burnett 1-2
Batters Faced - Nick Blackburn 30, Matt Capps 4, Glen Perkins 4, Jim Hoey 3, Jose Mijares 4, Alex Burnett 3
Game Information
Attendance - 39934
Game Time - 3:27
Temperature - 45
Umpires - Home - Eric Cooper, First Base - Mark Carlson, Second Base - Tim Timmons, Third Base - Jeff Kellogg