Despite Hudson’s best efforts, Twins lose to Blue Jays 6-5

TORONTO (AP)

— 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.”

So, Vernon,

does that mean you can’t remember your last hit, a June 29 single at

Cleveland?

“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.

“A frustrating

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.

Minnesota

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.”

Gonzalez

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

Encarnacion.

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.”

Young stayed

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