Toronto at Minnesota

Jays relievers lose control in eighth; Twins sweep twinbill wire reports

MINNEAPOLIS -- With the Minnesota Twins well into a truly wild rally, Jason Kubel and Chris Colabello shared a joke as they waited for their turn to bat.

"Man, we've been doing it all wrong for a while. We've been trying to hit the ball to score runs. We don't need to do that," Colabello said.

Not on Thursday night they didn't.

The Twins scored three consecutive runs on wild pitches by Toronto's Sergio Santos in the eighth inning, when they walked eight times off three Blue Jays relievers to finish a 9-5 victory and a sweep of the day-night doubleheader.

Kyle Gibson threw eight scoreless innings as Minnesota won the opener 7-0. The Twins trailed 5-1 in the fifth inning of the second game after another lackluster start by Mike Pelfrey, but they stayed patient.

Steve Delabar walked two batters starting the six-run eighth, setting up Santos (0-1) for trouble as manager John Gibbons called for his closer early. Santos walked all three batters he faced, loading the bases with one out when he put on pinch-hitter Trevor Plouffe. The Twins cut the lead to 5-4 when Josmil Pinto came home on a wild pitch.

The collapse by the Blue Jays bullpen got worse from there.

Ball four by Santos to pinch-hitter Kurt Suzuki was wild, too, allowing Chris Herrmann to score and tie the game. Santos threw another wild pitch to Brian Dozier, and pinch-runner Pedro Florimon raced home for the lead.

Dozier saw six consecutive sliders from Santos.

"That's his strikeout pitch," Dozier said.

Not on this night.

"I was trying to be too perfect there," said Santos, who took his first blown save in five chances this year.

J.A. Happ relieved him and walked the next two, with Chris Colabello, the AL leader with 19 RBI, forcing in a run. Then Jason Kubel broke open the game with a two-run single, the only hit of the inning.

"It was a crappy ending to a crappy day, I'll tell you that," Gibbons said.

Santos, who has been handling the ninth-inning role while Casey Janssen is on the disabled list with a strained back, threw only four of 16 pitches for strikes. The previous time a team walked eight times in one inning was April 19, 1996, when Texas did so against Baltimore. The record of 11 was set by pitchers on the original Washington Senators against the New York Yankees on Sept. 11, 1949.

According to STATS research dating to 1974, this was the only game that featured an eight-walk, three-wild-pitch inning.

Casey Fien (2-0) pitched a scoreless eighth for the victory for the Twins.

Jose Bautista took over the AL lead with his sixth home run, a solo shot in the fifth inning that accelerated Pelfrey's exit. Bautista, who also walked and scored in the first, has gone deep 11 times in 14 games at the ballpark the Twins opened in 2010. That's the same number of home runs Joe Mauer has here in 256 games.

Edwin Encarnacion had an RBI single and reached base four times for the Blue Jays. Toronto starter Dustin McGowan, like Pelfrey, failed to finish the fifth. But all that was forgotten with the wildness that came in the eighth.

Pelfrey used the words "terrible" four times and "embarrassing" three times in discussing his performance with reporters, describing his mood in the clubhouse as "crushed," as if his dog had died. But he perked up.

"These guys picked me up, and hopefully from here on out they won't need to do that," Pelfrey said.

The first game was played in 2 hours, 38 minutes, thanks to Gibson's command, and the Twins joked afterward they were ready to come back out for the next one in a half-hour. Instead, they waited nearly 3½ hours for another lumbering start by Pelfrey.


Dozier hit his third leadoff home run of the season and has five total. ... Blue Jays CF Anthony Gose, their extra player for the doubleheader, walked three times. He had only five in 153 plate appearances last season. ... 3B Eduardo Nunez was the 26th man in his Twins debut and had a hit and a walk.

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Sergio Santos gets pulled after walking all three of his batters and throwing three run-scoring wild pitches.  (USATSI)
Sergio Santos gets pulled after walking all three of his batters and throwing three run-scoring wild pitches. (USATSI)

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Melky Cabrera, LF4110106 .301
Colby Rasmus, DH5000024 .222
Jose Bautista, RF4211110 .269
Edwin Encarnacion, 1B3121201 .246
Dioner Navarro, C4121001 .255
Brett Lawrie, 3B5011004 .131
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SF - Dioner Navarro (2)
SH - Ryan Goins (1)
RBI - Jose Bautista (11), Edwin Encarnacion (4), Dioner Navarro (9), Brett Lawrie (10)
SB - Anthony Gose (1, 2nd base off Pelfrey/Pinto)
Team LOB - 11
Toronto Blue Jays
Dustin McGowan 4633431 4.85
Aaron Loup 2000020 2.25
Neil Wagner (H,3) 0.2100000 1.80
Brett Cecil (H,5) 0.1000000 0.00
Steve Delabar (H,3) 0.1022200 6.35
Sergio Santos (L,0-1; BS,1) 0033300 8.44
J.A. Happ 0.2111310 13.50
WP - Sergio Santos 3 (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Dustin McGowan 85-49, Aaron Loup 19-14, Neil Wagner 14-7, Brett Cecil 2-1, Steve Delabar 15-7, Sergio Santos 11-4, J.A. Happ 26-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dustin McGowan 4-4, Aaron Loup 3-1, Neil Wagner 1-1, Steve Delabar 1-0, J.A. Happ 1-0
Batters Faced - Dustin McGowan 21, Aaron Loup 6, Neil Wagner 3, Brett Cecil 1, Steve Delabar 3, Sergio Santos 3, J.A. Happ 6
Minnesota Twins
Brian Dozier, 2B4321102 .207
Joe Mauer, DH3200210 .279
Chris Colabello, 1B4033100 .357
Jason Kubel, LF4012113 .340
Josmil Pinto, C2100312 .206
Chris Herrmann, RF4100115 .100
Eduardo Nunez, 3B3010103 .333
Aaron Hicks, CF3010022 .180
   a-Trevor Plouffe, PH0000100 .309
   Pedro Florimon, PR-SS0100000 .111
Eduardo Escobar, SS3000003 .214
   b-Kurt Suzuki, PH0000100 .256
   Darin Mastroianni, PR-CF0100000 .000
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   Casey Fien, P0000000 .000
   Glen Perkins, P0000000 .000
a-walked for Hicks in the 8th
b-walked (wild pitch) for Escobar in the 8th
2B - Chris Colabello 2 (9, McGowan)
HR - Brian Dozier (5, McGowan)
SH - Eduardo Nunez (1)
RBI - Brian Dozier (7), Chris Colabello 3 (19), Jason Kubel 2 (10)
SB - Brian Dozier 2 (5, 2nd base off McGowan/Navarro), Darin Mastroianni (1, 2nd base off Santos/Navarro)
CS - Chris Colabello (1, 2nd base by McGowan/Navarro)
Team LOB - 10
DP - Dozier-Escobar-Colabello, Dozier-Escobar-Colabello-Colabello-Escobar-Fien
E - Samuel Deduno (1, Misplayed grounder), Brian Dozier (1, Misplayed grounder)
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Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mike Pelfrey 3-9, Samuel Deduno 4-1, Casey Fien 2-1, Glen Perkins 1-1
Batters Faced - Mike Pelfrey 23, Samuel Deduno 13, Casey Fien 4, Glen Perkins 3
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Attendance - 20698
Game Time - 3:37
Temperature - 42
Umpires - Home - Pat Hoberg, First Base - Tom Hallion, Second Base - Ben May, Third Base - Eric Cooper