Donaldson Hits Homer, Blue Jays Hold Twins 10-9 Off

TORONTO (AP) — Josh Donaldson had three hits, including a two-run house run, Kendrys Morales added a solo shot along with the Toronto Blue Jays withstood a late rally by Minnesota to overcome the Twins 10-9 Saturday.

Max Kepler hit Eduardo Escobar and a grand slam had a two-run shooter for the Twins, who entered for the next AL wild card using a head over Seattle. Kansas City and the Los Angeles Angels have been 11/2 matches supporting entering play.

Minnesota lost for the 11th time in 13 meetings with the Blue Jays. The Twins snapped a seven-game losing streak in Toronto on Friday using their majors-leading 14th win since Aug. 6.

Donaldson, who had been wearing the nickname “Bringer of Rain” on his jersey throughout Players Weekend, keyed a six-run fifth inning with his 23rd homer since the Blue Jays opened an 8-2 lead.

Donaldson’s RBI double off John Curtiss at the ground half gave a two-run cushion to Toronto after Kepler cut Ryan Tepera at the eighth and it apart. Donaldson later scored to make it 10-7.

The 2015 AL MVP, Donaldson scored two and went 3 for 5 with three RBIs. He possesses a .376 (50 for 133) career batting average in 35 games from Minnesota, with 15 doubles and 14 home runs.

The scoring opened off Dillon Gee at the minute with a leadoff blast.

Kepler’s grand slam was the second of his career. The first came in Texas.

Roberto Osuna pitched around Brian Dozier’s RBI single in the ninth to earn his 34th save in 42 chances. Another run scored on Joe Mauer’s double play grounder by retiring Jorge Polanco before it was finished by Osuna.

Marco Estrada (6-8) allowed three runs in six innings to win for just the second time in 16 starts since May 27.

Gee (1-1) took the loss in his next start with the Twins, allowing four runs and seven hits in four-plus innings.


Twins: C Jason Castro (concussion) will be feeling better and might have the ability to return on program on Aug. 31, manager Paul Molitor said. Castro shot three balls off his head mask at Wednesday night’s loss to the Chicago White Sox.

Blue Jays: 2B Devon Travis (left knee) stayed in Florida following a string at Tampa Bay this week to keep his rehabilitation at Toronto’s spring training facility in nearby Dunedin. Travis, who’s been out since June 4, had battled with soreness, manager John Gibbons said. … RHP Aaron Sanchez (Sanchez) played capture Saturday and will toss off a mound soon, Gibbons explained.


Twins: RHP Kyle Gibson (7-10, 5.76) allowed one run in seven innings to beat the White Sox in his previous outing, snapping a three-start winless streak.

Blue Jays: RHP Joe Biagini is expected to be encouraged to face the Twins. Following three winless starts at Buffalo, Biagini permitted two runs in seven innings to overcome Pawtucket Tuesday.


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