Hernandez leads Blue Jays to 6-5 win over Twins

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Teoscar Hernandez delivered a go-ahead hit for the Toronto Blue Jays for the second straight game.

But it was a defensive play by Hernandez that had his manager beaming after Toronto's 6-5 win over the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday.

Hernandez was part of a relay that helped nab Minnesota's C.J. Cron at the plate to end the game. Hernandez fielded a double by Byron Buxton in left field and fired the ball to shortstop Freddy Galvis, who relayed to catcher Danny Jansen.

Cron's attempt to score from first was thwarted, thanks in large part to Hernandez.

''That was the perfect relay,'' Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo said. ''Of course, everybody's thinking of Galvis making that throw, but to me the big one was Teoscar getting to that ball quick and making a perfect throw to Galvis.''

The game-ending relay came two innings after Hernandez's big hit. Hernandez singled off Twins reliever Trevor Hildenberger in the top of the seventh to give Toronto a 6-4 lead. Hernandez had capitalized against Minnesota's bullpen a day earlier, too, hitting a three-run home run in the eighth inning that gave the Blue Jays a 5-3 win Monday.

''When you get a hit with the bases loaded to give your team the lead, it gives you more confidence going into defense,'' Hernandez said.

Toronto has shown a knack for scoring runs late in games. The Blue Jays scored two runs in the seventh inning Tuesday, and have scored 38 runs in the seventh through ninth innings this season, compared to scoring 29 runs in the first six innings.

Minnesota tied the game in the sixth inning on Eddie Rosario's three-run homer. But the lead was short-lived after Hernandez bested Hildenberger in the seventh.

Aaron Sanchez (2-1) allowed four runs in six innings to earn the win for Toronto. Reliever Trevor May (1-1) was charged with the loss for Minnesota.

Cron was waved around by third base coach Tony Diaz on Buxton's two-out double. A video review confirmed that Cron was indeed out to end the game.

''I was trying to just run as fast as I could,'' Cron said. ''At the end of the day, it was just a good relay and I was out by a little bit. That's just how baseball is.''

Toronto closer Ken Giles allowed a solo homer to Marwin Gonzalez in the ninth, but held on for his fifth save of the season.

Eric Sogard made his debut as Toronto's leadoff hitter one day after being called up from Triple-A Buffalo. Sogard had three hits and scored twice.

Twins starter Kyle Gibson stumbled in the sixth inning after allowing just one hit through five. The right-hander gave up four runs in the sixth, including a two-run single by Justin Smoak.

''He's a guy that can get through those innings,'' Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said of Gibson. ''It's not a situation where we're going out there hoping.''

Rosario's three-run shot in the sixth reached the second deck in right-center and tied the game at 4-4. Jorge Polanco also homered for Minnesota.

Tuesday's game drew 13,365 fans, the second-fewest in Target Field history. Monday's game against Toronto had a smaller crowd, with an announced attendance of 11,727.

TWINS RECALL DUFFEY

The Twins recalled right-handed Tyler Duffey prior to Tuesday's game and optioned left-hander Andrew Vasquez to Triple-A Rochester. Duffey appeared in 19 games for Minnesota during the 2018 season, including one start, and posted a 7.20 ERA.

Duffey pitched two scoreless innings in relief in his season debut Tuesday.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Blue Jays: RHP Ryan Tepera (elbow) was going to throw prior to Tuesday's game to see how he felt, manager Charlie Montoyo said. Tepera is currently on the injured list and last pitched for Triple-A Buffalo in a rehab outing on Sunday.

UP NEXT

Blue Jays: RHP Trent Thornton is scheduled to start Wednesday against Minnesota. Thornton is looking for his first win of the season in his fourth start. He went just three innings and allowed five runs against Tampa Bay in his most recent outing.

Twins: RHP Jake Odorizzi will look to get into the win column after going 0-2 with a 6.35 ERA through three starts. Odorizzi lasted five innings just once in three starts.

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MIN8-6
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  • W: A. Sanchez (2-1)L: T. May (1-1)S: K. Giles (5)
  • HR: MIN - M. Gonzalez (1), E. Rosario (4), J. Polanco (3)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
E. Sogard 3B52300000.600.600.8001.4008.0
F. Galvis SS50100014.328.357.612.9690.5
R. Grichuk RF22000300.222.319.460.7805.0
J. Smoak 1B31120202.261.443.435.8776.0
T. Hernandez LF30120103.250.338.375.7134.0
R. Tellez DH40110021.205.311.436.7471.0
A. Hanson 2B40110001.179.226.179.4042.0
S. Brito CF40000032.000.087.000.087-1.5
D. Jansen C41100020.152.235.174.4091.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    M. Kepler RF21000202.259.333.463.7963.0
    J. Polanco SS32111101.415.467.7551.2218.0
    E. Rosario DH41131010.264.328.547.8757.5
    W. Astudillo 1B40000000.258.294.452.7460.0
    M. Gonzalez 3B41211010.184.244.289.5336.5
    J. Cave LF30100000.294.429.353.7821.0
    b- N. Cruz PH00000100.276.447.448.8961.0
    J. Schoop PR00000000.233.313.419.7310.0
    E. Adrianza 2B30000012.105.182.105.287-0.5
    c- C. Cron PH10000001.220.256.415.6700.0
    J. Castro C20000022.143.294.143.437-1.0
    d- M. Garver PH-C10000111.407.448.8521.3000.5
    B. Buxton CF30100101.293.356.512.8683.0
    • b-walked for Cave in the 9th
    • c-hit into fielder's choice for Adrianza in the 9th
    • d-struck out for Castro in the 7th
    BATTING
    • 2B - E. Sogard
    • RBI - J. Smoak 2 (10), T. Hernandez 2 (11), R. Tellez (7), A. Hanson (3)
    • 2-Out RBI - T. Hernandez 2 (4), R. Tellez (3), A. Hanson
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Smoak (3), A. Hanson (3), S. Brito
    BATTING
    • 2B - B. Buxton (7)
    • HR - J. Polanco (3), E. Rosario (4), M. Gonzalez
    • RBI - J. Polanco (5), E. Rosario 3 (14), M. Gonzalez (3)
    • 2-Out RBI - J. Polanco (3)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Castro 2 (3)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - E. Sogard
    FIELDING
    • Outfield Assist - T. Hernandez 2 (3)
    FIELDING
    • Outfield Assist - J. Cave
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    A. Sanchez (W, 2-1)6.04444522.861.3615.5
    D. Hudson (H, 4)0.20001005.631.13-1.0
    T. Pannone (H, 1)0.10000003.650.970.0
    J. Biagini (H, 5)1.00000003.001.003.0
    K. Giles (S, 5)1.02111113.381.636.5
    PITCHERSIP
    A. Sanchez (W, 2-1)6.0
    D. Hudson (H, 4)0.2
    T. Pannone (H, 1)0.1
    J. Biagini (H, 5)1.0
    K. Giles (S, 5)1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    K. Gibson5.14443407.361.776.0
    R. Harper0.22000000.001.20-2.0
    T. May (L, 1-1)0.21222105.141.57-9.5
    T. Hildenberger0.11000000.001.06-1.0
    T. Duffey2.01001300.001.005.5
    PITCHERSIP
    K. Gibson5.1
    R. Harper0.2
    T. May (L, 1-1)0.2
    T. Hildenberger0.1
    T. Duffey2.0
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - A. Sanchez 89-52, D. Hudson 10-4, T. Pannone 2-2, J. Biagini 13-6, K. Giles 20-10
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Sanchez 9-3, D. Hudson 1-0, T. Pannone 0-1, J. Biagini 2-0, K. Giles 1-1
    • Batters Faced - A. Sanchez 24, D. Hudson 3, T. Pannone, J. Biagini 3, K. Giles 5
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - K. Gibson 94-53, R. Harper 7-6, T. May 24-14, T. Hildenberger 1-1, T. Duffey 33-20
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Gibson 9-4, R. Harper 0-2, T. May 2-0, T. Duffey 2-1
    • Batters Faced - K. Gibson 22, R. Harper 4, T. May 5, T. Hildenberger, T. Duffey 8
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    E. Sogard 3B52300000.600.600.8001.4008.0
    F. Galvis SS50100014.328.357.612.9690.5
    R. Grichuk RF22000300.222.319.460.7805.0
    J. Smoak 1B31120202.261.443.435.8776.0
    T. Hernandez LF30120103.250.338.375.7134.0
    R. Tellez DH40110021.205.311.436.7471.0
    A. Hanson 2B40110001.179.226.179.4042.0
    S. Brito CF40000032.000.087.000.087-1.5
    D. Jansen C41100020.152.235.174.4091.0
    Total3469606813-----
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      M. Kepler RF21000202.259.333.463.7963.0
      J. Polanco SS32111101.415.467.7551.2218.0
      E. Rosario DH41131010.264.328.547.8757.5
      W. Astudillo 1B40000000.258.294.452.7460.0
      M. Gonzalez 3B41211010.184.244.289.5336.5
      J. Cave LF30100000.294.429.353.7821.0
      b- N. Cruz PH00000100.276.447.448.8961.0
      J. Schoop PR00000000.233.313.419.7310.0
      E. Adrianza 2B30000012.105.182.105.287-0.5
      c- C. Cron PH10000001.220.256.415.6700.0
      J. Castro C20000022.143.294.143.437-1.0
      d- M. Garver PH-C10000111.407.448.8521.3000.5
      B. Buxton CF30100101.293.356.512.8683.0
      Total3056536610-----
      • b-walked for Cave in the 9th
      • c-hit into fielder's choice for Adrianza in the 9th
      • d-struck out for Castro in the 7th
      BATTING
      • 2B - E. Sogard
      • RBI - J. Smoak 2 (10), T. Hernandez 2 (11), R. Tellez (7), A. Hanson (3)
      • 2-Out RBI - T. Hernandez 2 (4), R. Tellez (3), A. Hanson
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Smoak (3), A. Hanson (3), S. Brito
      BATTING
      • 2B - B. Buxton (7)
      • HR - J. Polanco (3), E. Rosario (4), M. Gonzalez
      • RBI - J. Polanco (5), E. Rosario 3 (14), M. Gonzalez (3)
      • 2-Out RBI - J. Polanco (3)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Castro 2 (3)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - E. Sogard
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - T. Hernandez 2 (3)
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - J. Cave
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      A. Sanchez (W, 2-1)6.04444522.861.3615.5
      D. Hudson (H, 4)0.20001005.631.13-1.0
      T. Pannone (H, 1)0.10000003.650.970.0
      J. Biagini (H, 5)1.00000003.001.003.0
      K. Giles (S, 5)1.02111113.381.636.5
      Total9.0655663---
      PITCHERSIP
      A. Sanchez (W, 2-1)6.0
      D. Hudson (H, 4)0.2
      T. Pannone (H, 1)0.1
      J. Biagini (H, 5)1.0
      K. Giles (S, 5)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      K. Gibson5.14443407.361.776.0
      R. Harper0.22000000.001.20-2.0
      T. May (L, 1-1)0.21222105.141.57-9.5
      T. Hildenberger0.11000000.001.06-1.0
      T. Duffey2.01001300.001.005.5
      Total9.0966680---
      PITCHERSIP
      K. Gibson5.1
      R. Harper0.2
      T. May (L, 1-1)0.2
      T. Hildenberger0.1
      T. Duffey2.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - A. Sanchez 89-52, D. Hudson 10-4, T. Pannone 2-2, J. Biagini 13-6, K. Giles 20-10
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Sanchez 9-3, D. Hudson 1-0, T. Pannone 0-1, J. Biagini 2-0, K. Giles 1-1
      • Batters Faced - A. Sanchez 24, D. Hudson 3, T. Pannone, J. Biagini 3, K. Giles 5
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - K. Gibson 94-53, R. Harper 7-6, T. May 24-14, T. Hildenberger 1-1, T. Duffey 33-20
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Gibson 9-4, R. Harper 0-2, T. May 2-0, T. Duffey 2-1
      • Batters Faced - K. Gibson 22, R. Harper 4, T. May 5, T. Hildenberger, T. Duffey 8
      • 9TH INNING
        Gonzalez homered to center65
      • 7TH INNING
        Hernandez singled to left, Sogard and Grichuk scored, Smoak out at third64
      • 6TH INNING
        Rosario homered to right center, Kepler and Polanco scored44
        Hanson singled to left center, Smoak scored, Tellez to second41
        Tellez singled to right, Grichuk scored, Smoak to third31
        Smoak singled to center, Jansen and Sogard scored, Grichuk to second21
      • 3RD INNING
        Polanco homered to right01
      • 9TH INNING
        • T. Duffey Pitching:
        • D. Jansen: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Jansen struck out swinging
        • E. Sogard: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Sogard grounded out to first
        • F. Galvis: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Galvis singled to right center
        • R. Grichuk: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Grichuk walked, Galvis to second
        • J. Smoak: Strike swinging, Ball, Smoak flied out to center
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Ken Giles relieved Joe Biagini
        • M. Gonzalez: Ball, Ball, Gonzalez homered to center
        • Nelson Cruz hit for Jake Cave
        • N. Cruz: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Cruz walked
        • Jonathan Schoop ran for Nelson Cruz
        • C.J. Cron hit for Ehire Adrianza
        • C. Cron: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Cron reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Schoop out at second
        • M. Garver: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Garver struck out swinging
        • B. Buxton: Strike looking, Buxton doubled to deep left, Cron out at home
        • End of the 9th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Tyler Duffey relieved Trevor Hildenberger
        • R. Tellez: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Tellez struck out looking
        • A. Hanson: Foul, Hanson grounded bunt out to catcher
        • S. Brito: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Brito struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Joe Biagini relieved Thomas Pannone
        • J. Polanco: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Polanco lined out to center
        • E. Rosario: Ball, Ball, Rosario grounded out to second
        • W. Astudillo: Ball, Ball, Astudillo grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • Trevor May relieved Ryne Harper
        • D. Jansen: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Jansen struck out swinging
        • E. Sogard: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Sogard singled to right
        • F. Galvis: Pickoff attempt, Galvis grounded out to shortstop, Sogard to second
        • R. Grichuk: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Grichuk walked
        • J. Smoak: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Sogard stole third, Foul, Foul, Ball, Smoak walked, Grichuk to second
        • Trevor Hildenberger relieved Trevor May
        • T. Hernandez: Hernandez singled to left, Sogard and Grichuk scored, Smoak out at third
        • Middle of the 7th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Daniel Hudson relieved Aaron Sanchez
        • E. Adrianza: Ball, Strike swinging, Adrianza grounded out to pitcher
        • Mitch Garver hit for Jason Castro
        • M. Garver: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Garver walked
        • B. Buxton: Ball, Buxton lined out to right
        • Thomas Pannone relieved Daniel Hudson
        • M. Kepler: Strike looking, Kepler flied out to left
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • K. Gibson Pitching:
        • D. Jansen: Strike looking, Ball, Jansen singled to left
        • E. Sogard: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Sogard doubled to deep right, Jansen to third
        • F. Galvis: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Galvis struck out swinging
        • R. Grichuk: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Grichuk walked
        • J. Smoak: Ball, Smoak singled to center, Jansen and Sogard scored, Grichuk to second
        • Ryne Harper relieved Kyle Gibson
        • T. Hernandez: Strike looking, Hernandez flied out to center
        • R. Tellez: Tellez singled to right, Grichuk scored, Smoak to third
        • A. Hanson: Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt to first, Hanson singled to left center, Smoak scored, Tellez to second
        • S. Brito: Brito flied out to center
        • Middle of the 6th (4 Runs, 5 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • A. Sanchez Pitching:
        • M. Kepler: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Kepler walked
        • J. Polanco: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Polanco walked, Kepler to second
        • E. Rosario: Ball, Rosario homered to right center, Kepler and Polanco scored
        • W. Astudillo: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Astudillo grounded out to pitcher
        • M. Gonzalez: Gonzalez grounded out to second
        • J. Cave: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Cave grounded out to pitcher
        • End of the 6th (3 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • K. Gibson Pitching:
        • R. Tellez: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Tellez struck out swinging
        • A. Hanson: Hanson grounded bunt out to third
        • S. Brito: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Brito struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • A. Sanchez Pitching:
        • E. Adrianza: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Adrianza struck out swinging
        • J. Castro: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Castro struck out swinging
        • B. Buxton: Buxton grounded out to third
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • K. Gibson Pitching:
        • F. Galvis: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Galvis grounded out to second
        • R. Grichuk: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Grichuk grounded out to second
        • J. Smoak: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Smoak walked
        • T. Hernandez: Ball, Hernandez grounded into fielder's choice to third, Smoak out at second
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • A. Sanchez Pitching:
        • W. Astudillo: Strike looking, Astudillo lined out to left
        • M. Gonzalez: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul tip, Gonzalez struck out on foul tip
        • J. Cave: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Cave grounded out to second
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • K. Gibson Pitching:
        • S. Brito: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Brito struck out swinging
        • D. Jansen: Ball, Jansen grounded out to third
        • E. Sogard: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Sogard flied out to deep center
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • A. Sanchez Pitching:
        • B. Buxton: Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ball, Buxton walked
        • M. Kepler: Kepler grounded out to shortstop, Buxton out at second
        • J. Polanco: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Polanco homered to right
        • E. Rosario: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Rosario struck out swinging
        • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • K. Gibson Pitching:
        • J. Smoak: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Smoak flied out to deep center
        • T. Hernandez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Hernandez walked
        • R. Tellez: Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Tellez flied out to deep left, Hernandez to second
        • A. Hanson: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Hanson grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • A. Sanchez Pitching:
        • W. Astudillo: Astudillo grounded out to shortstop
        • M. Gonzalez: Ball, Strike looking, Gonzalez singled to left
        • J. Cave: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Cave singled to right, Gonzalez to second
        • E. Adrianza: Pickoff attempt to second, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Adrianza grounded out to first, Gonzalez to third, Cave to second
        • J. Castro: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Castro struck out looking
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • K. Gibson Pitching:
        • E. Sogard: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Sogard singled to center
        • F. Galvis: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Galvis grounded out to shortstop, Sogard out at second
        • R. Grichuk: Strike looking, Ball, Grichuk flied out to deep right
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • A. Sanchez Pitching:
        • M. Kepler: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Kepler walked
        • J. Polanco: Foul, Polanco flied out to deep left, Kepler out at second
        • E. Rosario: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Rosario grounded out to second
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)