Colon wins, Buxton has 3 hits as Twins beat Jays 6-1

TORONTO (AP) Bartolo Colon and Byron Buxton were so good the Minnesota Twins finally got a win in Canada.

Colon pitched 6 2/3 innings for his second straight victory, Buxton had three hits and two RBIs and the Twins beat the Toronto Blue Jays 6-1 on Friday night.

''It was an all-round good game from everybody,'' Buxton said. ''Everybody had some type of contribution.''

Joe Mauer had three hits and scored twice as Minnesota snapped a seven-game losing streak north of the border. The Twins, who began the day a half-game ahead of Kansas City and Los Angeles for the second AL wild card, had not won in Toronto since June 11, 2014.

Minnesota improved to a major league-best 14-6 since Aug. 6.

Justin Smoak hit his 35th homer for Toronto, but the Blue Jays lost for the sixth time in seven games. Smoak finished with three hits and a walk.

Buxton opened the scoring with an RBI bunt single in the third, and Jorge Polanco followed with a two-out, two-run double.

Smoak connected in the bottom half but Minnesota answered in the fourth when Mitch Garver hit a leadoff triple and scored on Max Kepler's sacrifice fly. Eduardo Escobar made it 5-1 with a sacrifice fly in the fifth.

Buxton made the defensive play of the game in the eighth. Buxton's diving catch on the warning track retired Rob Refsnyder and stranded runners at first and second.

''A lot guys can play that position but he's special,'' Twins manager Paul Molitor said. ''The game is still in the balance if it gets over his head there. He shaded him that way but got an outstanding jump and closed on it. Just sheer athleticism.''

The speedy outfielder capped his night with an RBI single off T.J. House in the ninth. His previous two hits were both bunts.

''One of my favorite things is bunt hits,'' Molitor said.

Colon (6-10) allowed nine hits and walked one while improving to 4-1 in August.

''The old man got us, that's for sure,'' Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. ''He just picked the plate apart.''

On the first day of Players Weekend, the 44-year-old Colon pitched in a jersey with the name ''Morales'' on the back. It was a tribute to his mother Adriana Morales, who died in 2014.

''I talked to my dad a few days back and told him I was going to wear Morales on my back and he got a little mad,'' Colon said through a translator. ''I told him `Hey, don't worry, it's just one game.'''

Since hitting five home runs in Wednesday's 7-6 win at Tampa Bay, Toronto has scored just one run in two games. The Blue Jays stranded 11 in the series opener against Minnesota.

J.A. Happ (6-10) allowed five runs and eight hits in six innings, dropping to 1-4 with a 6.07 ERA in six career games against the Twins.

''I thought his command was off a little bit,'' Gibbons said. ''The big double really hurt us.''

FLIP THE SWITCH

Smoak's 35th homer broke a tie with Jose Cruz Jr. for the most by a switch hitter in Blue Jays history. Smoak's total is the highest by any switch hitter since Mark Teixeira hit 39 for the Yankees in 2011.

SHORTEN UP

Twins right-hander Trevor Hildenberger, who is wearing ''Hildy'' on his Players Weekend jersey, tweeted Friday that he was excited ''to finally have a name on the back that doesn't stretch armpit to armpit.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Twins: INF Miguel Sano (left shin) is making slow progress but is unlikely to be ready when eligible to come off the 10-day DL next Tuesday, Molitor said. Sano has been out since Aug. 19.

MAKING MOVES

Blue Jays right-hander Nick Tepesch was reinstated from the paternity list and optioned to Triple-A Buffalo.

UP NEXT

Twins: RHP Dillon Gee (1-0, 2.84 ERA) allowed one run in six innings to beat the White Sox in his previous start, his first with Minnesota.

Blue Jays: RHP Marco Estrada (5-8, 5.07 ERA) is 1-6 with a 6.78 ERA in 15 starts since June 1.

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TwinsMIN66-62
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Blue JaysTOR60-68
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  • W: B. Colon (6-10)L: J. Happ (6-10)
  • HR: TOR - J. Smoak (35)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
B. Dozier 2B41200101.261.348.479.8266.0
J. Mauer 1B52300022.291.375.396.7705.0
B. Buxton CF51320012.243.305.376.6817.5
E. Escobar 3B40010006.253.315.398.7131.0
J. Polanco SS40320111.251.299.384.6838.5
E. Rosario LF50000017.292.333.496.830-0.5
M. Garver DH41100032.200.294.333.6272.5
M. Kepler RF30010012.248.313.432.7450.5
C. Gimenez C41100010.208.322.376.6982.5
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    S. Pearce LF50000010.271.341.476.817-0.5
    J. Donaldson DH50000000.257.381.523.9040.0
    J. Smoak 1B41311100.291.364.576.94010.0
    J. Bautista 3B40000003.208.316.379.6950.0
    M. Montero C30100100.231.318.372.6902.0
    K. Pillar CF40200002.253.301.403.7052.0
    N. Aoki RF40100003.265.312.383.6951.0
    R. Goins SS40300002.224.276.339.6153.0
    D. Barney 2B20000004.223.267.295.5620.0
    a- K. Morales PH10000002.244.305.434.7390.0
    R. Refsnyder 2B10000002.167.257.227.4840.0
    • a-grounded out for Barney in the 6th
    BATTING
    • 2B - J. Mauer (24), J. Polanco (21), C. Gimenez (7)
    • 3B - M. Garver
    • SF - E. Escobar (2), M. Kepler (3)
    • RBI - B. Buxton 2 (32), E. Escobar (44), J. Polanco 2 (52), M. Kepler (55)
    • 2-Out RBI - J. Polanco 2 (20)
    BATTING
    • 2B - J. Smoak (22)
    • HR - J. Smoak (35)
    • RBI - J. Smoak (82)
    • 2-Out RBI - J. Smoak (29)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - B. Dozier (13), B. Buxton (23), J. Polanco (9)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    B. Colon (W, 6-10)6.29111016.351.6317.0
    A. Busenitz0.10000001.690.890.0
    T. Rogers0.21001003.591.28-2.0
    T. Hildenberger (H, 5)0.10000003.041.130.0
    J. Curtiss1.00000100.000.003.5
    PITCHERSIP
    B. Colon (W, 6-10)6.2
    A. Busenitz0.1
    T. Rogers0.2
    T. Hildenberger (H, 5)0.1
    J. Curtiss1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    J. Happ (L, 6-10)6.08551704.101.362.5
    D. Leone1.01000202.591.083.0
    A. Loup1.01000104.151.552.5
    T. House1.03111004.502.00-2.0
    PITCHERSIP
    J. Happ (L, 6-10)6.0
    D. Leone1.0
    A. Loup1.0
    T. House1.0
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - B. Colon 96-65, A. Busenitz 6-3, T. Rogers 11-7, T. Hildenberger 1-1, J. Curtiss 13-9
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Colon 8-12, A. Busenitz 1-0, T. Rogers 1-1
    • Batters Faced - B. Colon 30, A. Busenitz, T. Rogers 4, T. Hildenberger, J. Curtiss 3
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - J. Happ 100-63, D. Leone 17-12, A. Loup 13-10, T. House 32-20
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Happ 4-7, D. Leone 1-0, A. Loup 1-1, T. House 1-2
    • Batters Faced - J. Happ 27, D. Leone 4, A. Loup 4, T. House 7
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    TwinsMIN66-62
    0031100016130
    Blue JaysTOR60-68
    0010000001100
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    B. Dozier 2B41200101.261.348.479.8266.0
    J. Mauer 1B52300022.291.375.396.7705.0
    B. Buxton CF51320012.243.305.376.6817.5
    E. Escobar 3B40010006.253.315.398.7131.0
    J. Polanco SS40320111.251.299.384.6838.5
    E. Rosario LF50000017.292.333.496.830-0.5
    M. Garver DH41100032.200.294.333.6272.5
    M. Kepler RF30010012.248.313.432.7450.5
    C. Gimenez C41100010.208.322.376.6982.5
    Total386136021023-----
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      S. Pearce LF50000010.271.341.476.817-0.5
      J. Donaldson DH50000000.257.381.523.9040.0
      J. Smoak 1B41311100.291.364.576.94010.0
      J. Bautista 3B40000003.208.316.379.6950.0
      M. Montero C30100100.231.318.372.6902.0
      K. Pillar CF40200002.253.301.403.7052.0
      N. Aoki RF40100003.265.312.383.6951.0
      R. Goins SS40300002.224.276.339.6153.0
      D. Barney 2B20000004.223.267.295.5620.0
      a- K. Morales PH10000002.244.305.434.7390.0
      R. Refsnyder 2B10000002.167.257.227.4840.0
      Total37110112118-----
      • a-grounded out for Barney in the 6th
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Mauer (24), J. Polanco (21), C. Gimenez (7)
      • 3B - M. Garver
      • SF - E. Escobar (2), M. Kepler (3)
      • RBI - B. Buxton 2 (32), E. Escobar (44), J. Polanco 2 (52), M. Kepler (55)
      • 2-Out RBI - J. Polanco 2 (20)
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Smoak (22)
      • HR - J. Smoak (35)
      • RBI - J. Smoak (82)
      • 2-Out RBI - J. Smoak (29)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - B. Dozier (13), B. Buxton (23), J. Polanco (9)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      B. Colon (W, 6-10)6.29111016.351.6317.0
      A. Busenitz0.10000001.690.890.0
      T. Rogers0.21001003.591.28-2.0
      T. Hildenberger (H, 5)0.10000003.041.130.0
      J. Curtiss1.00000100.000.003.5
      Total9.01011211---
      PITCHERSIP
      B. Colon (W, 6-10)6.2
      A. Busenitz0.1
      T. Rogers0.2
      T. Hildenberger (H, 5)0.1
      J. Curtiss1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Happ (L, 6-10)6.08551704.101.362.5
      D. Leone1.01000202.591.083.0
      A. Loup1.01000104.151.552.5
      T. House1.03111004.502.00-2.0
      Total9.013662100---
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Happ (L, 6-10)6.0
      D. Leone1.0
      A. Loup1.0
      T. House1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - B. Colon 96-65, A. Busenitz 6-3, T. Rogers 11-7, T. Hildenberger 1-1, J. Curtiss 13-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Colon 8-12, A. Busenitz 1-0, T. Rogers 1-1
      • Batters Faced - B. Colon 30, A. Busenitz, T. Rogers 4, T. Hildenberger, J. Curtiss 3
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Happ 100-63, D. Leone 17-12, A. Loup 13-10, T. House 32-20
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Happ 4-7, D. Leone 1-0, A. Loup 1-1, T. House 1-2
      • Batters Faced - J. Happ 27, D. Leone 4, A. Loup 4, T. House 7
      • 9TH INNING
        Buxton singled to left center, Gimenez scored, Mauer to second61
      • 5TH INNING
        Escobar hit sacrifice fly to center, Mauer scored, Buxton to third51
      • 4TH INNING
        Kepler hit sacrifice fly to left, Garver scored41
      • 3RD INNING
        Smoak homered to center31
        Polanco doubled to deep center, Mauer and Buxton scored30
        Buxton reached on bunt single to pitcher, Dozier scored, Mauer to second10
      • 9TH INNING
        • T.J. House relieved Aaron Loup
        • C. Gimenez: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Gimenez doubled to left
        • B. Dozier: Ball, Strike looking, Dozier popped out to first
        • J. Mauer: Ball, Ball, Foul, Mauer singled to left center, Gimenez to third
        • B. Buxton: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Buxton singled to left center, Gimenez scored, Mauer to second
        • E. Escobar: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Escobar lined out to right
        • J. Polanco: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Polanco walked, Mauer to third, Buxton to second
        • E. Rosario: Ball, Rosario grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 9th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • John Curtiss relieved Trevor Hildenberger
        • S. Pearce: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Pearce struck out swinging
        • J. Donaldson: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Donaldson flied out to left
        • J. Smoak: Ball, Smoak flied out to left
        • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Aaron Loup relieved Dominic Leone
        • J. Polanco: Polanco reached on bunt single to pitcher
        • E. Rosario: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Rosario lined out to second
        • M. Garver: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Garver struck out swinging
        • M. Kepler: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Kepler grounded out to first
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Taylor Rogers relieved Alan Busenitz
        • M. Montero: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Montero walked
        • K. Pillar: Pillar flied out to deep right
        • N. Aoki: Strike looking, Aoki reached on fielder's choice to second, Montero out at second
        • R. Goins: Strike looking, Goins singled to left, Aoki to second
        • Trevor Hildenberger relieved Taylor Rogers
        • R. Refsnyder: Refsnyder lined out to center
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • Dominic Leone relieved J.A. Happ
        • Rob Refsnyder at second
        • B. Dozier: Strike looking, Dozier singled to left
        • J. Mauer: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Mauer struck out swinging
        • B. Buxton: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Dozier stole second
        • E. Escobar: Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Escobar grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • B. Colon Pitching:
        • S. Pearce: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Pearce grounded out to first
        • J. Donaldson: Ball, Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Donaldson fouled out to third
        • J. Smoak: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Smoak singled to right
        • Alan Busenitz relieved Bartolo Colon
        • J. Bautista: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Bautista grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • J. Happ Pitching:
        • M. Garver: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul tip, Garver struck out on foul tip
        • M. Kepler: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Kepler struck out swinging
        • C. Gimenez: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Gimenez flied out to center
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • B. Colon Pitching:
        • M. Montero: Montero singled to center
        • K. Pillar: Pillar lined out to center
        • N. Aoki: Strike looking, Ball, Aoki popped out to shortstop
        • R. Goins: Goins singled to center, Montero to second
        • Kendrys Morales hit for Darwin Barney
        • K. Morales: Strike looking, Morales grounded out to second
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • J. Happ Pitching:
        • J. Mauer: Ball, Ball, Mauer doubled to left center
        • B. Buxton: Buxton reached on bunt single to pitcher, Mauer to third
        • E. Escobar: Ball, Pickoff attempt to first, Foul, Foul, Ball, Buxton stole second, Escobar hit sacrifice fly to center, Mauer scored, Buxton to third
        • J. Polanco: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Polanco struck out swinging
        • E. Rosario: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Rosario fouled out to third
        • Middle of the 5th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • B. Colon Pitching:
        • S. Pearce: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Pearce grounded out to pitcher
        • J. Donaldson: Donaldson grounded out to shortstop
        • J. Smoak: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Smoak walked
        • J. Bautista: Foul, Bautista reached on fielder's choice to second, Smoak out at second
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • J. Happ Pitching:
        • M. Garver: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Garver tripled to deep right center
        • M. Kepler: Kepler hit sacrifice fly to left, Garver scored
        • C. Gimenez: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Gimenez struck out swinging
        • B. Dozier: Strike looking, Dozier lined out to center
        • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • B. Colon Pitching:
        • M. Montero: Ball, Montero flied out to center
        • K. Pillar: Ball, Pillar singled to center
        • N. Aoki: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Aoki singled to left center, Pillar to third, Aoki to second
        • R. Goins: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Goins flied out to center
        • D. Barney: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Barney lined out to center
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • J. Happ Pitching:
        • C. Gimenez: Strike looking, Gimenez flied out to center
        • B. Dozier: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Dozier walked
        • J. Mauer: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Mauer singled to right, Dozier to third
        • B. Buxton: Buxton reached on bunt single to pitcher, Dozier scored, Mauer to second
        • E. Escobar: Ball, Strike looking, Escobar lined out to right
        • J. Polanco: Ball, Polanco doubled to deep center, Mauer and Buxton scored
        • E. Rosario: Ball, Strike swinging, Rosario grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 3rd (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • B. Colon Pitching:
        • S. Pearce: Pearce popped out to first
        • J. Donaldson: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Donaldson grounded out to third
        • J. Smoak: Ball, Ball, Smoak homered to center
        • J. Bautista: Bautista flied out to deep center
        • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • J. Happ Pitching:
        • J. Polanco: Strike looking, Polanco singled to left
        • E. Rosario: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Strike looking, Rosario struck out looking
        • M. Garver: Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Garver struck out swinging
        • M. Kepler: Ball, Polanco stole second, Kepler grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • B. Colon Pitching:
        • M. Montero: Montero flied out to deep center
        • K. Pillar: Strike looking, Foul, Pillar reached on an infield single to second
        • N. Aoki: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Aoki flied out to deep left
        • R. Goins: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Goins singled to right, Pillar to second
        • D. Barney: Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt to second, Barney lined out to left
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • J. Happ Pitching:
        • B. Dozier: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Dozier singled to deep right center
        • J. Mauer: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Mauer struck out looking
        • B. Buxton: Buxton grounded out to pitcher, Dozier to second
        • E. Escobar: Ball, Ball, Escobar grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • B. Colon Pitching:
        • S. Pearce: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Pearce grounded out to second
        • J. Donaldson: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Donaldson grounded out to second
        • J. Smoak: Smoak doubled to deep center
        • J. Bautista: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Bautista flied out to right
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)