Despite Hudson’s best efforts, Twins lose to Blue Jays 6-5
— Vernon Wells made his first hit in July a meaningful one.
Wells drove in the go-ahead run with a
seventh-inning double, Jose Bautista hit an inside-the-park homer, his
major league-leading 22nd, and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Minnesota
Twins 6-5 Wednesday night.
Wells snapped a
season-high 0-for-21 slump with a two-out double off Matt Guerrier
(1-5), giving the Blue Jays just their second win in 10 games.
“I’ve been able to forget about anything that’s
happened, good or bad,” Wells said. “You move on from every at bat, you
try to just have a good at-bat each and every time you get up, no matter
what the outcome was your last time. That’s the only thing I’ve tried
to concentrate on this year.”
does that mean you can’t remember your last hit, a June 29 single at
“I remember, but it was a long
time ago,” Wells said.
Alex Gonzalez hit
his 16th homer for the Blue Jays, who lead the majors with 125.
Scott Downs (3-5) worked 1 1-3 innings for the
win and Kevin Gregg wrapped it up in the ninth for his 19th save.
Minnesota’s Orlando Hudson went 3 for 4 with
three RBIs against his former team, including a two-run homer, and
Delmon Young also went deep, but it wasn’t enough.
Twins manager Ron Gardenhire struggled to
contain his irritation.
game, a game we thought we should have won,” Gardenhire said. “You just
don’t win baseball games like that. You have to go out and shut somebody
down and we didn’t do enough of that today.”
Gardenhire said he would “let everything cool
down” before getting to the bottom of what went wrong.
“It’s never good to talk to people when you’re
frustrated and mad,” he said.
slugger Justin Morneau was accidentally kneed in the head by second
baseman John McDonald as he tried to break up a double play in the
eighth. He walked off the field without assistance but did not return.
“He was a little dizzy out there,” Gardenhire
said. “We got him out of the ball game. He said he had to come out.
We’ll see how he is tomorrow.”
opened the scoring with a one-out homer in the first, but the Twins
answered in the fourth when Hudson hit a two-run shot to left, his
fourth. Toronto tied it in the bottom half on a two-out single by Edwin
Young made it 3-2 when he
drilled a solo homer to left in the top of the fifth, his 10th, but
Toronto reclaimed the lead in the bottom half. With McDonald at first
base, Bautista lined a two-out pitch into the alley in left-center. The
ball fell between Young and Denard Span, with Span’s leg crashing into
Young’s gloved left hand as he leapt over his sliding teammate.
“Delmon and Span made a great effort trying to
catch the ball but one of them has got to stop the ball and the other
one goes for the catch,” Gardenhire said. “We had two guys down and they
almost killed each other.”
down as the ball rolled to the wall and Bautista sped around the bases,
crossing the plate standing up and well ahead of the relay throw.
“When I saw them on the ground after I rounded
second base, I thought it was going to be a chance,” Bautista said.
Pitcher Ricky Romero fanned a smiling Bautista
with a towel when he returned to the bench, and the crowd of 14,886
kept cheering until Bautista came out for a curtain call.
Young strained his wrist on the play but stayed
in the game. He was wearing an ice pack afterward, but said the injury
was not serious.
“I’m fine,” he said.
It was Toronto’s first inside-the-park homer
since Greg Myers did it against Baltimore on Sept. 13, 2003. The Twins
have now surrendered two inside-the-park homers this season, with Kansas
City’s David DeJesus doing it in an April 23 game at Target Field.
Toronto’s advantage was short-lived. The Twins
tied it on Jason Kubel’s sacrifice fly in the sixth, then went ahead on
a two-out hit by Hudson in the seventh.
The Blue Jays took the lead for good in the bottom half. Fred Lewis
chased Kevin Slowey with a triple to right-center and scored when
Gonzalez followed with a sacrifice fly off Guerrier.
Bautista walked and Wells, who said he
struggles to see the ball against Guerrier, followed with an RBI double.
Slowey allowed five runs and nine hits in 6
1-3 innings. He walked one and struck out four.
Making his first start of the season, Blue Jays
left-hander Marc Rzepczynski allowed four runs and eight hits in 5 2-3
innings. He walked one and struck out seven.
NOTES: McDonald started at 2B in place
of Aaron Hill, who missed his second straight start because of flulike
symptoms. … The roof at Rogers Centre was forced to stay closed
because of “mechanical difficulty.” … Toronto Raptors head coach Jay
Triano threw out the first pitch and attended the game with several
players, including DeMar DeRozan and Amir Johnson.
Updated July 7, 2010