Perez pitches 7 scoreless innings, Twins beat Blue Jays 8-0

TORONTO (AP) Make it two scoreless outings in two May starts for Martin Perez.

Perez and a pair of Minnesota relievers combined on a three-hitter, Eddie Rosario hit his AL-leading 12th home run and the Twins blanked the Toronto Blue Jays 8-0 on Monday night.

Perez (5-0) won his fourth straight start and has pitched at least six innings in all five starts he's made since opening the season in the bullpen.

''I believe in what I have right now and I trust my stuff,'' Perez said.

The left-hander allowed two hits, both singles, in seven innings, and struck out a career-high nine. Perez pitched eight shutout innings against Houston on May 1.

Perez is 4-0 with a 1.64 ERA as a starter.

''He's really found his comfort zone out there, mixing different pitches pretty much at will,'' Twins catcher Jason Castro said. ''It was fun to catch.''

Perez walked two.

''He's missed a good amount of bats this year,'' manager Rocco Baldelli said. ''He's missed bats and he's finding new ways to miss bats.''

Ryne Harper worked the eighth and Matt Magill pitched around Randal Grichuk's two-out single in the ninth.

Rosario began the day in a four-way tie for the AL home run lead with Seattle's Jay Bruce, Texas' Joey Gallo and New York's Gary Sanchez. Milwaukee's Christian Yelich leads the majors with 15.

Castro homered and had three RBIs before leaving with a sore right elbow after he was hit by a pitch in the eighth inning. He is day to day.

''I wouldn't expect this to linger very long,'' Baldelli said.

Rosario also drove in three runs and Jorge Polanco had three hits, including a solo homer, as the Twins won for the eighth time in 11 games.

Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo was ejected for the first time in his career in the fifth. Plate umpire Adam Hamari tossed Montoyo for arguing after Toronto's Brandon Drury was called out on a low pitch.

''I thought there were some tough pitches on Drury, so I went up there and let Adam know what I thought,'' Montoyo said. ''I knew I was going to get thrown out.''

Rosario had an RBI groundout in the first and Castro hit a second-deck homer off Marcus Stroman (1-5) in the second. The Twins got two more in the third on Castro's RBI groundout and Byron Buxton's RBI double.

Rosario chased Stroman with a two-out solo drive in the fifth, and Polanco went deep off Daniel Hudson in the seventh.

Rosario drove in his third run with a sacrifice fly in the ninth.

Toronto was shut out for the third time this season. The Blue Jays have lost six of seven.

Stroman allowed five earned runs in 4 2/3 innings. It's the second straight start he's failed to complete the fifth, and the second straight in which he's given up five or more runs.

''He's just not locating,'' Montoyo said. ''A lot of pitches were down the middle.''

Castro's homer was the first allowed by Stroman this season, and the first he'd allowed since Aug. 17, 2018, when he gave up a two-run homer to Neil Walker of the Yankees.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Twins: RHP Addison Reed (left thumb) is expected to begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Rochester on Tuesday. Reed has not pitched for the Twins this season.

OPENING STATEMENT

The Twins are 9-2 in series openers.

SLUMPING

Toronto's Vladimir Guerrero Jr. went 0 for 3, dropping his average to .152. He struck out looking twice and grounded into a double play.

''We've just go to work with him and be patient,'' Montoyo said. ''He was the No. 1 prospect for a reason.''

CATCH IT!

Guerrero Jr. played catch with a young fan before his pregame stretching routine.

SUPPORT SYSTEM

Stroman has received eight runs of support in 45 2-3 innings, the second fewest in the AL. Only teammate Trent Thornton has received fewer runs of support per nine innings.

UP NEXT

Twins: RHP Jose Berrios (5-1, 2.91) will try to set a new career high by winning his fifth straight start.

Blue Jays: RHP Aaron Sanchez (3-2, 3.09) is 3-0 with a 4.32 ERA in four career starts against Minnesota.

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  • W: M. Perez (5-0)L: M. Stroman (1-5)
  • HR: MIN - J. Castro (4), E. Rosario (12), J. Polanco (6)
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J. Polanco SS42311100.317.388.610.99811.0
N. Cruz DH50300003.304.393.588.9813.0
E. Rosario LF41131013.224.269.552.8217.5
C. Cron 1B50000024.206.272.412.684-1.0
M. Gonzalez 3B21000110.200.273.280.5531.5
a- E. Adrianza PH-3B10000000.143.245.214.4590.0
J. Schoop 2B42200000.290.339.523.8626.0
J. Castro C31231001.244.380.585.96510.0
M. Garver C00000000.333.387.7191.1060.0
B. Buxton CF40110002.263.318.485.8033.0
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  • a-grounded out for M. Gonzalez in the 8th
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E. Sogard 2B-SS40000021.350.443.6501.093-1.0
F. Galvis SS30100010.279.302.451.7520.5
S. Brito RF10000000.083.175.139.3140.0
R. Grichuk CF40100011.256.313.436.7490.5
J. Smoak 1B30000111.245.373.427.8000.5
V. Guerrero 3B30000022.152.243.182.425-1.0
R. Tellez DH30100000.260.318.480.7981.0
B. Drury RF-2B30000011.210.248.403.651-0.5
T. Hernandez LF30000021.200.270.300.570-1.0
D. Jansen C20000101.183.261.232.4931.0
M. Stroman P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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    BATTING
    • 2B - J. Polanco (10), J. Schoop 2 (10), B. Buxton (15)
    • HR - J. Polanco (6), E. Rosario (12), J. Castro (4)
    • SF - E. Rosario
    • RBI - J. Polanco (12), E. Rosario 3 (28), J. Castro 3 (11), B. Buxton (12)
    • 2-Out RBI - E. Rosario (3)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - C. Cron 4 (4), B. Buxton 2 (2)
    BATTING
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - E. Sogard, J. Smoak, D. Jansen
    BASERUNNING
    • Picked Off - B. Buxton
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Gonzalez-Cron)
    FIELDING
    • DP - 2 (Smoak-Galvis; Guerrero-Sogard-Smoak)
    • E - F. Galvis (2), V. Guerrero (2)
    • PB - D. Jansen (2)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    M. Perez (W, 5-0)7.02002902.831.2631.5
    R. Harper1.00000101.980.883.5
    M. Magill1.01000003.861.502.0
    PITCHERSIP
    M. Perez (W, 5-0)7.0
    R. Harper1.0
    M. Magill1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    M. Stroman (L, 1-5)4.28652222.961.29-7.0
    D. Hudson1.23110113.861.35-0.5
    S. Gaviglio1.20000101.130.543.5
    J. Biagini0.11111003.451.02-3.0
    T. Pannone0.20000107.781.470.5
    PITCHERSIP
    M. Stroman (L, 1-5)4.2
    D. Hudson1.2
    S. Gaviglio1.2
    J. Biagini0.1
    T. Pannone0.2
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - M. Perez 102-66, R. Harper 8-5, M. Magill 15-9
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Perez 4-7, R. Harper 2-0, M. Magill 2-1
    • Batters Faced - M. Perez 24, R. Harper 3, M. Magill 4
    PITCHING
    • HBP - S. Gaviglio (2)
    • Pitches-Strikes - M. Stroman 71-45, D. Hudson 31-22, S. Gaviglio 22-14, J. Biagini 20-10, T. Pannone 10-7
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Stroman 8-2, D. Hudson 1-3, S. Gaviglio 3-1
    • Batters Faced - M. Stroman 22, D. Hudson 8, S. Gaviglio 6, J. Biagini 3, T. Pannone 2
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    M. Kepler RF40000012.241.315.482.797-0.5
    J. Cave RF01000100.206.308.235.5432.0
    J. Polanco SS42311100.317.388.610.99811.0
    N. Cruz DH50300003.304.393.588.9813.0
    E. Rosario LF41131013.224.269.552.8217.5
    C. Cron 1B50000024.206.272.412.684-1.0
    M. Gonzalez 3B21000110.200.273.280.5531.5
    a- E. Adrianza PH-3B10000000.143.245.214.4590.0
    J. Schoop 2B42200000.290.339.523.8626.0
    J. Castro C31231001.244.380.585.96510.0
    M. Garver C00000000.333.387.7191.1060.0
    B. Buxton CF40110002.263.318.485.8033.0
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    M. Magill P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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    • a-grounded out for M. Gonzalez in the 8th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    E. Sogard 2B-SS40000021.350.443.6501.093-1.0
    F. Galvis SS30100010.279.302.451.7520.5
    S. Brito RF10000000.083.175.139.3140.0
    R. Grichuk CF40100011.256.313.436.7490.5
    J. Smoak 1B30000111.245.373.427.8000.5
    V. Guerrero 3B30000022.152.243.182.425-1.0
    R. Tellez DH30100000.260.318.480.7981.0
    B. Drury RF-2B30000011.210.248.403.651-0.5
    T. Hernandez LF30000021.200.270.300.570-1.0
    D. Jansen C20000101.183.261.232.4931.0
    M. Stroman P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    D. Hudson P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    S. Gaviglio P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    J. Biagini P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    T. Pannone P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    Total2903002108-----
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Polanco (10), J. Schoop 2 (10), B. Buxton (15)
      • HR - J. Polanco (6), E. Rosario (12), J. Castro (4)
      • SF - E. Rosario
      • RBI - J. Polanco (12), E. Rosario 3 (28), J. Castro 3 (11), B. Buxton (12)
      • 2-Out RBI - E. Rosario (3)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - C. Cron 4 (4), B. Buxton 2 (2)
      BATTING
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - E. Sogard, J. Smoak, D. Jansen
      BASERUNNING
      • Picked Off - B. Buxton
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Gonzalez-Cron)
      FIELDING
      • DP - 2 (Smoak-Galvis; Guerrero-Sogard-Smoak)
      • E - F. Galvis (2), V. Guerrero (2)
      • PB - D. Jansen (2)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Perez (W, 5-0)7.02002902.831.2631.5
      R. Harper1.00000101.980.883.5
      M. Magill1.01000003.861.502.0
      Total9.03002100---
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Perez (W, 5-0)7.0
      R. Harper1.0
      M. Magill1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Stroman (L, 1-5)4.28652222.961.29-7.0
      D. Hudson1.23110113.861.35-0.5
      S. Gaviglio1.20000101.130.543.5
      J. Biagini0.11111003.451.02-3.0
      T. Pannone0.20000107.781.470.5
      Total9.01287353---
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Stroman (L, 1-5)4.2
      D. Hudson1.2
      S. Gaviglio1.2
      J. Biagini0.1
      T. Pannone0.2
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Perez 102-66, R. Harper 8-5, M. Magill 15-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Perez 4-7, R. Harper 2-0, M. Magill 2-1
      • Batters Faced - M. Perez 24, R. Harper 3, M. Magill 4
      PITCHING
      • HBP - S. Gaviglio (2)
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Stroman 71-45, D. Hudson 31-22, S. Gaviglio 22-14, J. Biagini 20-10, T. Pannone 10-7
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Stroman 8-2, D. Hudson 1-3, S. Gaviglio 3-1
      • Batters Faced - M. Stroman 22, D. Hudson 8, S. Gaviglio 6, J. Biagini 3, T. Pannone 2
      • 9TH INNING
        Rosario hit sacrifice fly to right, Cave scored80
      • 7TH INNING
        Polanco homered to center70
      • 5TH INNING
        Rosario homered to center60
      • 4TH INNING
        Buxton doubled to deep right, Schoop scored50
        Castro grounded out to second, Gonzalez scored, Schoop to third40
      • 2ND INNING
        Castro homered to right, Schoop scored30
      • 1ST INNING
        Rosario grounded out to second, Polanco scored, Cruz to third10
      • 9TH INNING
        • Joe Biagini relieved Sam Gaviglio
        • J. Cave: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Cave walked
        • J. Polanco: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Polanco doubled to deep left, Cave to third
        • N. Cruz: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Cruz fouled out to first
        • Thomas Pannone relieved Joe Biagini
        • E. Rosario: Rosario hit sacrifice fly to right, Cave scored
        • C. Cron: Ball, Foul, Ball, Polanco to third on passed ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Cron struck out looking
        • Middle of the 9th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Matt Magill relieved Ryne Harper
        • Mitch Garver catching
        • E. Sogard: Strike looking, Foul, Sogard grounded out to pitcher
        • S. Brito: Ball, Ball, Foul, Brito grounded out to third
        • R. Grichuk: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Grichuk singled to deep left
        • J. Smoak: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Smoak lined out to right
        • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Socrates Brito in right field
        • Ehire Adrianza hit for Marwin Gonzalez
        • E. Adrianza: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Adrianza grounded out to first
        • J. Schoop: Schoop grounded out to second
        • J. Castro: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Castro hit by pitch
        • B. Buxton: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Buxton flied out to left
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Jake Cave in right field
        • Ryne Harper relieved Martin Perez
        • B. Drury: Drury grounded out to second
        • T. Hernandez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Hernandez struck out swinging
        • D. Jansen: Ball, Ball, Jansen grounded out to third
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • D. Hudson Pitching:
        • M. Kepler: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Kepler struck out swinging
        • J. Polanco: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Polanco homered to center
        • N. Cruz: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Cruz reached on an infield single to shortstop
        • Sam Gaviglio relieved Daniel Hudson
        • E. Rosario: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Rosario struck out on foul tip
        • C. Cron: Ball, Strike looking, Cron grounded out to catcher
        • Middle of the 7th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Perez Pitching:
        • J. Smoak: Strike looking, Ball, Smoak flied out to deep left
        • V. Guerrero: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Guerrero struck out looking
        • R. Tellez: Ball, Strike looking, Tellez lined out to center
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • D. Hudson Pitching:
        • M. Gonzalez: Foul, Gonzalez popped out to shortstop
        • J. Schoop: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Schoop grounded out to shortstop
        • J. Castro: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Castro singled to left
        • B. Buxton: Foul, Ball, Ball, Buxton flied out to deep left
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • M. Perez Pitching:
        • E. Sogard: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Sogard struck out swinging
        • F. Galvis: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Galvis struck out swinging
        • R. Grichuk: Ball, Grichuk grounded out to second
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • M. Stroman Pitching:
        • J. Polanco: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Polanco walked
        • N. Cruz: Foul, Ball, Cruz grounded into double play third to second to first, Polanco out at second
        • E. Rosario: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Rosario homered to center
        • Daniel Hudson relieved Marcus Stroman
        • C. Cron: Strike looking, Ball, Cron flied out to right
        • Middle of the 5th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • M. Perez Pitching:
        • R. Tellez: Tellez singled to center
        • B. Drury: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Drury struck out swinging
        • T. Hernandez: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Hernandez flied out to deep center
        • D. Jansen: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Jansen fouled out to first
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • M. Stroman Pitching:
        • M. Gonzalez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Gonzalez walked
        • J. Schoop: Schoop doubled to deep left, Gonzalez to third
        • J. Castro: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Castro grounded out to second, Gonzalez scored, Schoop to third
        • B. Buxton: Buxton doubled to deep right, Schoop scored
        • M. Kepler: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Kepler lined into double play first to shortstop, Buxton out at second
        • Middle of the 4th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Perez Pitching:
        • F. Galvis: Ball, Strike looking, Galvis singled to left center
        • R. Grichuk: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Grichuk struck out swinging
        • J. Smoak: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Smoak walked, Galvis to second
        • V. Guerrero: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Guerrero grounded into double play third to first, Galvis out at third
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • M. Stroman Pitching:
        • J. Polanco: Polanco grounded bunt out to pitcher
        • N. Cruz: Strike looking, Ball, Cruz singled to left center
        • E. Rosario: Rosario flied out to deep left
        • C. Cron: Cron reached on fielder's choice to third, Cruz out at second
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • M. Perez Pitching:
        • B. Drury: Drury grounded out to third
        • T. Hernandez: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Hernandez struck out swinging
        • D. Jansen: Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Jansen walked
        • E. Sogard: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Sogard struck out swinging
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • M. Stroman Pitching:
        • M. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Gonzalez struck out swinging
        • J. Schoop: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Schoop doubled to left center
        • J. Castro: Castro homered to right, Schoop scored
        • B. Buxton: Ball, Buxton safe at first on 3rd baseman Guerrero fielding error
        • M. Kepler: Pickoff attempt, Kepler grounded out to first, Buxton to second
        • J. Polanco: Ball, Buxton picked off at second, pitcher to shortstop
        • Middle of the 2nd (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
        • M. Perez Pitching:
        • J. Smoak: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Smoak struck out swinging
        • V. Guerrero: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Guerrero struck out looking
        • R. Tellez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Tellez flied out to deep center
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • M. Stroman Pitching:
        • M. Kepler: Kepler grounded out to first
        • J. Polanco: Strike looking, Polanco singled to right
        • N. Cruz: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Pickoff attempt, Cruz singled to right center, Polanco to second
        • E. Rosario: Polanco to third, Cruz to second on shortstop Galvis fielding error, Foul, Ball, Rosario grounded out to second, Polanco scored, Cruz to third
        • C. Cron: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Cron struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
        • M. Perez Pitching:
        • E. Sogard: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Sogard flied out to center
        • F. Galvis: Galvis lined out to right
        • R. Grichuk: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Grichuk grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)