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Blue Jays use big first inning to take down Twins

Field Level Media
20 Sep 2021, 06:40 GMT+10

Right-hander Jose Berrios held his former team to three runs, Bo Bichette hit a two-run home run and the Toronto Blue Jays defeated the visiting Minnesota Twins 5-3 Sunday afternoon.

Berrios (12-8), making his first start against the Twins after they traded him to the Blue Jays on July 30, allowed four hits and one walk while striking out six in 6 2/3 innings. He also hit a batter.

He is 5-3 in 10 starts with the Blue Jays.

Jordan Romano pitched around a hit batsman in the ninth inning to earn his 19th save of the season.

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. had three hits and an RBI for the Blue Jays (84-65), who took the rubber match of the three-game series.

The Blue Jays are 15-3 in September and have moved into an American League wild card spot.

Ben Rortvedt hit a solo home run for the Twins (65-85).

The Blue Jays had seven straight one-out hits against right-hander Luke Farrell (1-1) in the five-run first inning. Guerrero had an RBI single, Bichette hit his 26th home run, and Lourdes Gurriel Jr. and Breyvic Valera added RBI singles.

Nick Gordon hit a two-run double in the fourth. It scored Josh Donaldson, who had been hit by a pitch, and Miguel Sano, who had doubled.

Four Twins relievers combined to finish the game without allowing another Toronto run. Nick Vincent and Juan Minaya each pitched two-inning stints, with Minaya ringing up five strikeouts. Caleb Thiebar offered one runless inning and Danny Coulombe added two innings as Minnesota put together a bullpen game.

Rortvedt hit his third home run of the season with two out in the seventh inning and Berrios was replaced by Trevor Richards.

After ending the seventh with a popup, Richards struck out the side in the eighth.

The Blue Jays put left-hander Hyun Jin Ryu (neck tightness) on the injured list Sunday and recalled left-hander Tayler Saucedo from Triple-A Buffalo.

Twins outfielder Rob Refsnyder (right elbow impingement) was put on the IL and infielder Drew Maggi was promoted.

--Field Level Media

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