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Minnesota (37-48)000021020550
Toronto (43-45) «00024140x11132

Blue Jays 11, Twins 5

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TORONTO -- Called on to make a spot start for the struggling Toronto Blue Jays, Todd Redmond pitched well enough to earn another outing, and then some.

Redmond threw one-hit ball over five innings for his first major league win and the Blue Jays hit three home runs Sunday to beat the slumping Minnesota Twins 11-5.

"He couldn't have done a better job," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said.

Rajai Davis hit a three-run homer and Jose Reyes and Colby Rasmus also connected for the Blue Jays, who won for the 10th time in 13 meetings with Minnesota.

"We broke loose today," Gibbons said.

Redmond (1-1) allowed two runs, with three walks and four strikeouts, an effort Davis called "phenomenal."

"He did a great job to help us win," Davis said.

Redmond called it "a dream come true."

"I couldn't be happier," he said. "I have to give all the credit to all of the hitters today."

It was Redmond's first start of the season for Toronto and just the second of his career. The right-hander was called up from Triple-A Buffalo last week after the Blue Jays designated Chien-Ming Wang for assignment.

"He knows the situation," Gibbons said. "He's here filling in and has an opportunity to start."

It was just the second time in six games that a Blue Jays starter has allowed two runs or fewer.

Twins catcher Joe Mauer said Redmond kept the Twins off-balance with deceptive velocity.

"He has a ball that kind of got on you a little bit," Mauer said. "The ball was jumping out of his hand. It was a tough day for us offensively."

The Blue Jays took two out of three and have not lost a series against Minnesota since May 2007. Toronto has won nine straight home series over the Twins dating to May 2005.

Aaron Hicks and Trevor Plouffe homered for the Twins, who have lost seven of eight and 12 of 16 to fall a season-worst 11 games below .500.

Davis got two hits and scored three times. Rasmus also singled and doubled, drove in three runs and scored twice.

"They were whacking it pretty good," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "They beat the ball around pretty good on us today."

Hicks had the only hit off Redmond, a two-run homer in the fifth.

After surrendering a leadoff walk in the first, Redmond retired the next 11 batters in order.

Aaron Loup and Dustin McGowan each worked one inning, Brett Cecil got two outs in the eighth and Neil Wagner got the third before Casey Janssen finished.

All three Blue Jays homers came off Scott Diamond, who lost for the fourth time in six starts. Diamond (5-8) allowed six runs and eight hits in 4 2-3 innings and matched a career-high with four walks.

Diamond has allowed eight homers in his past four outings.

"It's frustrating the way it all worked out again," Diamond said. "I'm really struggling keeping guys in the park."

Toronto opened the scoring in the fourth when Davis hit a two-out double and Rasmus followed with his 16th homer.

The Twins tied it in the fifth when Hicks followed a one-out walk to Clete Thomas with his seventh homer.

The Blue Jays took the lead for good with a four-run fifth, an inning that started with Reyes hitting a leadoff homer, his fourth.

"[Diamond] kind of unraveled from there," Gardenhire said. "He just couldn't make a pitch after the home run."

Four batters later, after Edwin Encarnacion walked and Mark DeRosa singled, Davis hit a second-deck shot to left.

Minnesota cut it to 6-3 on Chris Parmelee's grounder in the sixth. Adam Lind hit an RBI double in the bottom half off Anthony Swarzak.

The Blue Jays scored four more in the seventh off Josh Roenicke and Brian Duensing. Rasmus hit an RBI double and scored on Maicer Izturis' single, and two runs scored on Encarnacion's triple.

Plouffe made it 11-5 with a two-run homer off Cecil in the eighth, his ninth.

NOTES: Diamond was born about 50 miles west of Toronto in Guelph, Ontario. He faced the Blue Jays for the third time. ... Redmond's only other big league start came Aug. 18, 2012, with Cincinnati, a 9-7 loss to the Chicago Cubs. ... Minnesota OF Oswaldo Arcia, who left Saturday's game after he was hit on the right hand by a pitch, was held out of the starting lineup. ... The Twins have lost 10 of 11 against AL East opponents.

 
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Players of the Game
Minnesota

T. Plouffe
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
Toronto

C. Rasmus
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 3
 
Minnesota Twins
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Brian Dozier, 2B4000121 .237
Joe Mauer, 1B5010012 .312
Ryan Doumit, C5110012 .238
Justin Morneau, DH1000101 .275
Trevor Plouffe, 3B4122001 .263
Chris Parmelee, RF4001030 .237
Clete Thomas, LF2100202 .255
Aaron Hicks, CF4112021 .190
Pedro Florimon, SS4000000 .224
Totals3355559  
a-walked for Morneau in the 8th
Batting
2B - Joe Mauer (26, Janssen), Ryan Doumit (16, Loup)
HR - Trevor Plouffe (9, Cecil), Aaron Hicks (7, Redmond)
RBI - Trevor Plouffe 2 (33), Chris Parmelee (19), Aaron Hicks 2 (21)
SB - Brian Dozier (8, 3rd base off Redmond/Arencibia)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Dozier-Florimon
Minnesota Twins
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Scott Diamond (L,5-8) 4.2866413 5.52
Anthony Swarzak 1211200 3.79
Josh Roenicke 0.2122100 3.68
Brian Duensing 0.2222100 5.06
Casey Fien 1000010 3.34
Pitches-Strikes - Scott Diamond 88-50, Anthony Swarzak 26-15, Josh Roenicke 23-12, Brian Duensing 18-10, Casey Fien 14-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Scott Diamond 4-8, Anthony Swarzak 1-1, Josh Roenicke 1-1, Brian Duensing 2-0, Casey Fien 1-1
Batters Faced - Scott Diamond 25, Anthony Swarzak 6, Josh Roenicke 4, Brian Duensing 5, Casey Fien 3
Toronto Blue Jays
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jose Reyes, SS5211001 .326
Jose Bautista, RF3110200 .265
Edwin Encarnacion, 1B2212300 .268
Adam Lind, DH5011004 .309
Mark DeRosa, 3B-1B5120011 .213
Rajai Davis, LF-RF4323111 .296
Colby Rasmus, CF4233100 .250
J.P. Arencibia, C3010103 .219
Maicer Izturis, 2B-3B4011005 .243
Totals3511131182  
Batting
2B - Jose Bautista (17, Diamond), Adam Lind (16, Swarzak), Rajai Davis (7, Diamond), Colby Rasmus (15, Roenicke)
3B - Edwin Encarnacion (1, Duensing)
HR - Jose Reyes (4, Diamond), Rajai Davis (2, Diamond), Colby Rasmus (16, Diamond)
RBI - Jose Reyes (12), Edwin Encarnacion 2 (68), Adam Lind (34), Rajai Davis 3 (11), Colby Rasmus 3 (46), Maicer Izturis (22)
2-OUT RBI - Edwin Encarnacion 2 (38), Adam Lind (18), Rajai Davis 3 (6), Colby Rasmus 2 (11)
SB - Rajai Davis (22, 2nd base off Roenicke/Doumit)
CS - Jose Bautista (1, 3rd base by Swarzak/Doumit)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
E - J.P. Arencibia (4, Throwing), Edwin Encarnacion (6, Misplayed grounder)
Toronto Blue Jays
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Todd Redmond (W,1-1) 5122341 3.55
Aaron Loup 1211000 2.05
Dustin McGowan 1000020 1.93
Brett Cecil 0.2122221 1.81
Neil Wagner 0.1000010 3.18
Casey Janssen 1100000 2.57
HBP - Morneau (by Aaron Loup)
Pitches-Strikes - Todd Redmond 84-49, Aaron Loup 25-19, Dustin McGowan 14-10, Brett Cecil 24-13, Neil Wagner 6-4, Casey Janssen 15-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Todd Redmond 1-10, Aaron Loup 3-0, Dustin McGowan 2-0, Casey Janssen 3-0
Batters Faced - Todd Redmond 19, Aaron Loup 6, Dustin McGowan 4, Brett Cecil 5, Neil Wagner 1, Casey Janssen 4
Game Information
Attendance - 43795
Game Time - 3:12
Temperature - 69
Umpires - Home - Paul Emmel, First Base - Dan Iassogna, Second Base - Mark Carlson, Third Base - Brian Knight