Twins 6, Blue Jays 0
With an afternoon start looming the next day, Mike Pelfrey had
already gone back to the hotel when Twins manager Ron Gardenhire
held a postgame meeting Friday night, urging his slumping team to
Pelfrey might have missed the meeting, but he couldn’t miss the
Brian Dozier hit a three-run home run, Pelfrey and three
relievers combined for a four-hitter and the Minnesota Twins beat
the Toronto Blue Jays 6-0 on Saturday.
”It must have been a good meeting,” Pelfrey joked. ”We scored
Dozier had two hits and four RBIs, connecting off knuckleballer
R.A. Dickey for his eighth homer as the Twins snapped a six-game
skid and won for just the fourth time in 14 games.
”Today we went out and everybody was running around, the dugout
was hooting and hollering and it was a little bit better
atmosphere,” Gardenhire said.
Minnesota came in having lost 17 of 23 to Toronto, including
eight of nine at Rogers Centre.
Pitching for the first time since June 18 after landing on the
disabled list with a strained back, Pelfrey (4-6) snapped an
eight-start winless streak to earn his first victory since May 5 at
Cleveland. He allowed three hits in six innings, walked three and
struck out two.
Caleb Thielbar worked the seventh, Jared Burton pitched the
eighth and Glen Perkins finished.
”It was a great pitching effort,” Twins catcher Joe Mauer
said. ”To shut that team out is pretty good.”
Maicer Izturis had three of Toronto’s four hits as the Blue Jays
lost for the seventh time in 10 games. Slugger Jose Bautista, who
hit his 20th homer Friday, flied out to the warning track
Pelfrey loaded the bases with three straight two-out walks in
the first but Rajai Davis grounded out to end the threat.
”We couldn’t get anything going, that’s the bottom line,” Blue
Jays manager John Gibbons said. ”We had that opportunity, it was
really our only opportunity, in the first, and came up empty.”
Pelfrey said he tweaked his left groin in the shaky first, but
was able to keep pitching.
”He said he just made an adjustment in his windup and
everything went good from there,” Gardenhire said. ”It’s fine, he
pitched through it no problems and he’ll be fine for his next
Chris Parmalee doubled to begin the second and moved to third on
Aaron Hicks’ single but was caught in a rundown after Dickey snared
Eduardo Escobar’s comebacker, leaving men at first and second.
After the runners moved up on a passed ball, Brian Dozier hit an
RBI grounder, Jamey Carroll hit an RBI double and Joe Mauer
followed with a run-scoring single.
Parmalee doubled off Dickey again to open the seventh and Hicks
walked but Parmalee was forced at third on Escobar’s bunt. Dozier
followed with his first home run since June 21.
”A three-run home run is tough to overcome when you’ve already
given up three,” Dickey said.
Dickey (8-9) had won three of his previous four starts,
including a two-hit shutout of Tampa Bay on June 26 and seven solid
innings in an 8-3 win over Detroit on Monday. But he wasn’t as
effective in this one, giving up six runs and seven hits in seven
innings. He walked two and struck out three.
”He pretty much held them in check until that big three-run
home run late,” Gibbons said.
Dickey has allowed six runs or more in seven of his 19 starts
this season. He’s also given up 19 total homers.
Twins outfielder Oswaldo Garcia suffered a bruised right hand
when he was hit by a pitch from Dickey in the sixth. He stayed in
the game but was replaced by Clete Thomas in the bottom of the
seventh. X-rays were negative and Arcia is day-to-day.
NOTES: After two rehab games with Class-A Lansing, Toronto 3B
Brett Lawrie (left ankle) has moved up to Double-A New Hampshire,
where he’ll play Saturday night. Lawrie has been out since May 28.
… The Blue Jays activated RHP Kyle Drabek (shoulder surgery) off
the disabled list and assigned him to Class-A Dunedin to continue
his rehab. Drabek takes the 40-man roster spot of RHP Chien-Ming
Wang, who is at Triple-A Buffalo. … The Blue Jays signed RHP
Clinton Hollon, their second round pick in last month’s draft.