Twins outlast Blue Jays 7-6Span's RBI single decides HR-filled game
TORONTO (AP)—Denard Span drove in the go-ahead run with a single in the eighth inning, and the Minnesota Twins beat the Toronto Blue Jays 7-6 on Tuesday night.
Joe Mauer, Justin Morneau and Jason Kubel each homered for the Twins, before Delmon Young led off the eighth with a single off Jason Frasor (3-2). After Nick Punto sacrificed Young to second, Scott Downs came on to face Span and allowed his RBI single to center.
Young went 3 for 3 with an RBI and an intentional walk and is batting .363 since June 3.
Jose Mijares (1-0) retired two batters for the win, Jesse Crain worked the eighth and Jon Rauch finished in the ninth for his 19th save.
Edwin Encarnacion, Lyle Overbay and Dewayne Wise homered for the Blue Jays, who lead the major leagues with 123, but Toronto still lost for the 12th time in 15 games. The Blue Jays came in having won 15 of 19 against the Twins.
Minnesota opened the scoring with two runs in the second. Jim Thome drove in the first with a grounder and Young followed with an RBI single.
Toronto’s Fred Lewis cut the deficit to 2-1 with a two-out double in the third.
The Blue Jays made it 5-2 with a four-run fifth. Overbay led off with a homer, Lewis hit an RBI single and Wise drilled a two-run blast to right.
The Twins tied it 5-all with a three-run, bat-around sixth inning, chasing Blue Jays right-hander Jesse Litsch. Morneau and Kubel got the rally started with back-to-back homers, the third time this season the Twins have hit consecutive drives.
Litsch left after Michael Cuddyer singled and Thome doubled, and reliever Brian Tallet loaded the bases with an intentional walk to Young. One out later, Span drove in a run when he walked on a 3-2 pitch.
Mauer led off the seventh with a drive to center, but Encarnacion tied it with a first-pitch homer to left in the bottom half.
Twins right-hander Carl Pavano gave up six runs and eight hits in 6 1-3 innings and has not lost in six starts. He walked none and struck out two.
Litsch allowed five runs and seven hits in 5 1-3 innings, walked two and struck out none. He is winless in five starts since coming off the disabled list June 9.
Notes: OF Vernon Wells and 2B Aaron Hill did not start for Toronto, suffering from flu-like symptoms, but Wells pinch hit in the ninth. Wise started in center and made two fine running catches, while Nick Green played second. … Twins SS J.J. Hardy was held out of the starting lineup but came on to play defense in the ninth.