Hernandez's 3-run homer lifts Blue Jays past Twins 5-3

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Teoscar Hernandez had quite the blooper for Toronto on the basepath, a lapse in focus that could have proved costly.

Two innings later, he more than made up for the mistake.

Hernandez hit the go-ahead three-run homer in the eighth, giving the Blue Jays a badly needed offensive boost with three hits in a 5-3 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Monday night.

''You forget about things like that when you do things good for the team,'' Hernandez said.

After his one-out single in the sixth inning with the Blue Jays trailing 3-1 against Martin Perez, Brandon Drury dropped his shin guard and began jogging to first base after drawing what he believed was a walk.

But it was only ball three. Hernandez left for second, prompted by Drury's advancement, and Perez alertly threw to C.J. Cron at first base to complete the unconventional caught stealing before Hernandez could retreat.

''I think I was a little distracted. I know that can't happen,'' Hernandez said. ''I know the situation, the count and everything. It was a bad moment.''

The 26-year-old left fielder, who had a breakout 2018 season with 22 home runs in his first crack at being an everyday player in the major leagues, sent an 0-2 slider from Adalberto Mejia (0-1) into the second deck for a 5-3 lead .

''The last couple of games, I've been hitting the ball harder,'' Hernandez said. ''That's a good sign. I've been seeing a lot of pitches.''

After Perez finished six innings in his first start for the Twins with only one run allowed and Ryne Harper struck out two batters in a perfect seventh, left-hander Adalberto Mejia was summoned for the eighth with all righties due up for the Blue Jays. Freddy Galvis greeted Mejia with a single, Randal Grichuk doubled for his third hit of the game, and Justin Smoak hit an RBI single to bring up Hernandez. Mejia went to two strikes three of those four batters.

''It's not like he did anything but just not put the hitters away, and that's something that we're going to have to do,'' Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said.

After Hernandez saved starter Matt Shoemaker from his first loss with his new team, Joe Biagini pitched a perfect ninth for his first save. The Blue Jays, who won for only the fourth time in the last 14 games and entered the evening in the bottom five in most American League batting categories, had a season-high 11 hits.

Sam Gaviglio (1-0) picked up the victory with a scoreless seventh.

Shoemaker was one of only five pitchers in franchise history to win his first three starts with the Blue Jays, whom he signed with after five-plus years with the Los Angeles Angels and major forearm trouble over the last two seasons. The right-hander gave up four hits and four walks while striking out four.

Jorge Polanco had three hits and raised his batting average to .420 for the Twins, who took a 3-1 lead in the fourth inning on Cron's three-run homer off Shoemaker but fell to 4-2 at home this season.

Perez worked out of the bullpen to start the season because the Twins wound up with six days off in the first 16 days of their schedule, including one weather postponement. He gave up seven hits and two walks while striking out five.

BALDELLI TOSSED

Baldelli took his first career ejection in the eighth inning, when Cron struck out swinging at a pitch that hit both his fingers and the bat. Baldelli calmly argued for a foul ball, but home plate umpire Mike Eastbrook eventually gave him the heave-ho. The play was not reviewable.

''That's just the kind of guy Rocco is,'' Cron said. ''He's going to have our backs.''

GURRIEL GOES DOWN

The Blue Jays will let second baseman Lourdes Gurriel Jr. decide when he's mentally ready for action on defense, planning to initially use him as a designated hitter with Triple-A Buffalo. Gurriel was sent down on Sunday, after a second throwing error in as many games.

''I felt like his dad talking to him. That's tough, what he went through. We're here for him,'' Montoyo said, adding: ''Whenever you say you're ready to play in the infield, we'll play you again, but it's all about you. Take your time. No rush.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Blue Jays: LHP Ryan Borucki (elbow inflammation) moved to the 60-day injured list, pushing his eligible-to-return date back to May 27 to make room for Eric Sogard. ... Biagini subbed in the closer role for RHP Ken Giles (illness).

Twins: Willians Astudillo played 3B for Marwin Gonzalez, who was given a break amid a 5-for-34 start to his first season with the team.

UP NEXT

RHP Aaron Sanchez (1-1, 1.69 ERA) pitches for the Blue Jays on Tuesday night, with RHP Kyle Gibson (0-0, 7.71) taking the mound for the Twins.

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  • W: S. Gaviglio (1-0)L: A. Mejia (0-1)S: J. Biagini (1)
  • HR: TOR - T. Hernandez (1), MIN - C. Cron (2)
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T. Hernandez LF41331002.245.328.377.7059.0
B. Drury 3B30100112.140.183.211.3942.5
A. Hanson 2B30010012.167.222.167.3890.5
D. Jansen DH40100021.143.234.167.4010.0
L. Maile C40000023.250.318.450.768-1.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    M. Garver C40000021.423.444.8851.329-1.0
    J. Polanco SS31300100.420.464.7201.1845.0
    N. Cruz DH40000014.276.432.448.881-0.5
    E. Rosario LF31000111.265.333.510.8441.5
    C. Cron 1B41131010.225.262.425.6877.5
    W. Astudillo 3B40000000.296.333.519.8520.0
    J. Cave RF20100210.286.444.357.8023.5
    J. Schoop 2B40000013.233.313.419.731-0.5
    B. Buxton CF40000013.289.341.500.841-0.5
      BATTING
      • 2B - R. Grichuk 2 (6), J. Smoak (2), B. Drury (2)
      • HR - T. Hernandez
      • SF - A. Hanson
      • RBI - J. Smoak (8), T. Hernandez 3 (9), A. Hanson (2)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - T. Hernandez (8), L. Maile 2 (5)
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Cave
      • HR - C. Cron (2)
      • RBI - C. Cron 3 (7)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - E. Rosario (10), J. Schoop (5), B. Buxton (3)
      BASERUNNING
      • CS - T. Hernandez
      FIELDING
      • E - B. Drury
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - B. Buxton (2)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Shoemaker6.04334411.750.8612.0
      S. Gaviglio (W, 1-0)1.01000101.640.829.5
      T. Mayza (H, 4)0.10000107.711.710.5
      D. Hudson (H, 3)0.20000106.141.090.5
      J. Biagini (S, 1)1.00000103.381.1310.5
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Shoemaker6.0
      S. Gaviglio (W, 1-0)1.0
      T. Mayza (H, 4)0.1
      D. Hudson (H, 3)0.2
      J. Biagini (S, 1)1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Perez6.07112505.022.0213.5
      R. Harper (H, 1)1.00000200.000.924.0
      A. Mejia (L, 0-1) (BS, 1)2.04440219.391.70-6.0
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Perez6.0
      R. Harper (H, 1)1.0
      A. Mejia (L, 0-1) (BS, 1)2.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Shoemaker 100-58, S. Gaviglio 10-8, T. Mayza 6-3, D. Hudson 10-6, J. Biagini 8-6
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Shoemaker 7-5, S. Gaviglio 2-0, D. Hudson 1-0, J. Biagini 1-0
      • Batters Faced - M. Shoemaker 26, S. Gaviglio 4, T. Mayza, D. Hudson 2, J. Biagini 3
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Perez 86-57, R. Harper 15-11, A. Mejia 43-33
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Perez 8-3, R. Harper 0-1, A. Mejia 1-4
      • Batters Faced - M. Perez 25, R. Harper 3, A. Mejia 10
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      B. McKinney RF-1B50000030.196.281.333.614-1.5
      F. Galvis SS51100000.339.369.6451.0142.0
      R. Grichuk CF41300000.230.299.475.7746.0
      J. Smoak 1B31210100.256.429.442.8706.0
      S. Brito PR-RF01000000.000.105.000.1051.0
      T. Hernandez LF41331002.245.328.377.7059.0
      B. Drury 3B30100112.140.183.211.3942.5
      A. Hanson 2B30010012.167.222.167.3890.5
      D. Jansen DH40100021.143.234.167.4010.0
      L. Maile C40000023.250.318.450.768-1.0
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        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        M. Garver C40000021.423.444.8851.329-1.0
        J. Polanco SS31300100.420.464.7201.1845.0
        N. Cruz DH40000014.276.432.448.881-0.5
        E. Rosario LF31000111.265.333.510.8441.5
        C. Cron 1B41131010.225.262.425.6877.5
        W. Astudillo 3B40000000.296.333.519.8520.0
        J. Cave RF20100210.286.444.357.8023.5
        J. Schoop 2B40000013.233.313.419.731-0.5
        B. Buxton CF40000013.289.341.500.841-0.5
        Total3235314812-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - R. Grichuk 2 (6), J. Smoak (2), B. Drury (2)
          • HR - T. Hernandez
          • SF - A. Hanson
          • RBI - J. Smoak (8), T. Hernandez 3 (9), A. Hanson (2)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - T. Hernandez (8), L. Maile 2 (5)
          BATTING
          • 2B - J. Cave
          • HR - C. Cron (2)
          • RBI - C. Cron 3 (7)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - E. Rosario (10), J. Schoop (5), B. Buxton (3)
          BASERUNNING
          • CS - T. Hernandez
          FIELDING
          • E - B. Drury
          FIELDING
          • Outfield Assist - B. Buxton (2)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          M. Shoemaker6.04334411.750.8612.0
          S. Gaviglio (W, 1-0)1.01000101.640.829.5
          T. Mayza (H, 4)0.10000107.711.710.5
          D. Hudson (H, 3)0.20000106.141.090.5
          J. Biagini (S, 1)1.00000103.381.1310.5
          Total9.0533481---
          PITCHERSIP
          M. Shoemaker6.0
          S. Gaviglio (W, 1-0)1.0
          T. Mayza (H, 4)0.1
          D. Hudson (H, 3)0.2
          J. Biagini (S, 1)1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          M. Perez6.07112505.022.0213.5
          R. Harper (H, 1)1.00000200.000.924.0
          A. Mejia (L, 0-1) (BS, 1)2.04440219.391.70-6.0
          Total9.01155291---
          PITCHERSIP
          M. Perez6.0
          R. Harper (H, 1)1.0
          A. Mejia (L, 0-1) (BS, 1)2.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - M. Shoemaker 100-58, S. Gaviglio 10-8, T. Mayza 6-3, D. Hudson 10-6, J. Biagini 8-6
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Shoemaker 7-5, S. Gaviglio 2-0, D. Hudson 1-0, J. Biagini 1-0
          • Batters Faced - M. Shoemaker 26, S. Gaviglio 4, T. Mayza, D. Hudson 2, J. Biagini 3
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - M. Perez 86-57, R. Harper 15-11, A. Mejia 43-33
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Perez 8-3, R. Harper 0-1, A. Mejia 1-4
          • Batters Faced - M. Perez 25, R. Harper 3, A. Mejia 10
          • 8TH INNING
            Hernandez homered to left, Grichuk and Brito scored53
            Smoak singled to shallow left, Galvis scored, Grichuk to third23
          • 4TH INNING
            Cron homered to left, Polanco and Rosario scored13
            Hanson hit sacrifice fly to right, Smoak scored10
          • 9TH INNING
            • A. Mejia Pitching:
            • L. Maile: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Maile flied out to deep center
            • B. McKinney: Ball, Foul, McKinney popped out to first
            • F. Galvis: Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Galvis flied out to deep center
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Joe Biagini relieved Daniel Hudson
            • J. Cave: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Cave struck out swinging
            • J. Schoop: Ball, Schoop grounded out to pitcher
            • B. Buxton: Strike looking, Buxton lined out to center
            • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Adalberto Mejia relieved Ryne Harper
            • F. Galvis: Strike looking, Foul, Galvis singled to shallow left center
            • R. Grichuk: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Grichuk doubled to deep right, Galvis to third
            • J. Smoak: Strike swinging, Smoak singled to shallow left, Galvis scored, Grichuk to third
            • Socrates Brito ran for Justin Smoak
            • T. Hernandez: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Hernandez homered to left, Grichuk and Brito scored
            • B. Drury: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Drury grounded out to shortstop
            • A. Hanson: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Hanson struck out swinging
            • D. Jansen: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Jansen struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 8th (4 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Tim Mayza relieved Sam Gaviglio
            • E. Rosario: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Rosario struck out swinging
            • Daniel Hudson relieved Tim Mayza
            • C. Cron: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Strike swinging, Cron struck out swinging
            • W. Astudillo: Ball, Foul, Ball, Astudillo grounded out to second
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • Ryne Harper relieved Martin Perez
            • D. Jansen: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Jansen struck out swinging
            • L. Maile: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Maile flied out to left
            • B. McKinney: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, McKinney struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Sam Gaviglio relieved Matt Shoemaker
            • B. Buxton: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Buxton grounded out to shortstop
            • M. Garver: Garver grounded out to catcher
            • J. Polanco: Ball, Polanco singled to shallow right
            • N. Cruz: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Cruz struck out looking
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • M. Perez Pitching:
            • J. Smoak: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Smoak grounded out to pitcher
            • T. Hernandez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Hernandez singled to left
            • B. Drury: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Hernandez picked off at second, pitcher to first, Ball, Drury walked
            • A. Hanson: Hanson flied out to left
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • M. Shoemaker Pitching:
            • C. Cron: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Cron grounded out to shortstop
            • W. Astudillo: Ball, Astudillo lined out to left
            • J. Cave: Ball, Ball, Cave doubled to shallow right
            • J. Schoop: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Schoop struck out swinging
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • M. Perez Pitching:
            • B. McKinney: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, McKinney struck out swinging
            • F. Galvis: Foul, Galvis grounded out to second
            • R. Grichuk: Ball, Ball, Grichuk grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Shoemaker Pitching:
            • M. Garver: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Garver struck out swinging
            • J. Polanco: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Polanco walked
            • N. Cruz: Cruz grounded out to pitcher, Polanco to second
            • E. Rosario: Foul, Foul, Ball, Rosario flied out to right
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • M. Perez Pitching:
            • J. Smoak: Foul, Strike looking, Smoak doubled to deep right
            • T. Hernandez: Hernandez reached on an infield single to shortstop, Smoak to third
            • B. Drury: Ball, Pickoff attempt to first, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Drury struck out looking
            • A. Hanson: Ball, Hanson hit sacrifice fly to right, Smoak scored
            • D. Jansen: Pickoff attempt, Jansen reached on an infield single to shortstop, Hernandez to second
            • L. Maile: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Maile struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Shoemaker Pitching:
            • J. Polanco: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Polanco reached on an infield single to shortstop
            • N. Cruz: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Cruz lined out to left
            • E. Rosario: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Strike swinging, Polanco to second on wild pitch, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Rosario walked
            • C. Cron: Foul, Ball, Cron homered to left, Polanco and Rosario scored
            • W. Astudillo: Astudillo flied out to left
            • J. Cave: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Cave walked
            • J. Schoop: Schoop reached on fielder's choice to third, Cave to second on 3rd baseman Drury fielding error
            • B. Buxton: Buxton fouled out to catcher
            • End of the 4th (3 Runs, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
          • 3RD INNING
            • M. Perez Pitching:
            • B. McKinney: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, McKinney struck out looking
            • F. Galvis: Strike looking, Ball, Galvis grounded out to shortstop
            • R. Grichuk: Grichuk doubled to left center, Grichuk out at third
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • M. Shoemaker Pitching:
            • J. Cave: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Cave walked
            • J. Schoop: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Schoop reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Cave out at second
            • B. Buxton: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Buxton struck out looking
            • M. Garver: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Garver popped out to second
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • M. Perez Pitching:
            • B. Drury: Drury doubled to deep left
            • A. Hanson: Hanson popped bunt out to pitcher
            • D. Jansen: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Jansen grounded out to second, Drury to third
            • L. Maile: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Maile struck out looking
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • M. Shoemaker Pitching:
            • E. Rosario: Ball, Ball, Rosario flied out to shallow left
            • C. Cron: Ball, Strike swinging, Cron flied out to deep center
            • W. Astudillo: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Astudillo lined out to right
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • M. Perez Pitching:
            • B. McKinney: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, McKinney flied out to deep center
            • F. Galvis: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Galvis grounded out to third
            • R. Grichuk: Strike looking, Grichuk singled to shallow center
            • J. Smoak: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Smoak walked, Grichuk to second
            • T. Hernandez: Strike swinging, Hernandez flied out to deep center
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • M. Shoemaker Pitching:
            • M. Garver: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Garver struck out swinging
            • J. Polanco: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Polanco reached on an infield single to shortstop
            • N. Cruz: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Cruz grounded out to second, Polanco out at second
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)