Twins build Blue Jays wall with five home runs in series opener

Twins build Blue Jays wall with five home runs in series opener

TORONTO – Minutes after the Twins were out in their second straight game on Wednesday night, Kyle Garlick expressed confidence that things would soon change. Killing comes and goes in waves, he said, and at the time, Garlick said the twins were under it.

Two nights later, on Friday, Garlic was definitely on top of those waves. So, too, was teammate Jose Miranda. The duo scored two home runs each, and Byron Buxton added his first since May 15 in the Twins’ 9-3 win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday night at Rodgers Center.

To mash up a lefty at the heart of the Garlic, Twins lineup — in this case Blue Jays starter Uci Kikuchi — did just that. The outfielder hit a two-run home run to shock the Twins in the first innings.

After Twins starter Chi Chi Gonzalez, called in to fill in for Sonny Grey, who is on the injured list with a pectoral strain, gave that lead back to the bottom half of the first, rookie Jose Miranda hit a left field wall. Took a ball beyond, giving the Twins back the lead for good.

An innings later, Garlick hit his second home run, and in the sixth, Miranda hit his second as well. Byron Buxton, who recorded his first multi-hit game since May 2, also contributed a two-run home run. Buxton completed a triple shy of the cycle.

While most of the Twins’ offense came via longball, their seventh run couldn’t have come in a more different fashion – Nick Gordon hit a pitch, advanced on a balk, stole third and came on Luis Arez to score The infield hit took off pitcher Andrew Vasquez’s glove.

Those nine runs, coupled with a stellar collective effort off the bullpen, were more than enough to break the Blue Jays’ eight-game winning streak. With three members of the bullpen – Emilio Pagan, Caleb Thielbar and Trevor Megill – on the banned list, unable to attend the twins in Canada due to their vaccination status, a collection of rescuers proceeded, in a game. The six scoreless innings gave close to the final score indicated for most methods.

Jovanni Moran chased Gonzalez in the game he faced with three first batsmen. When he had trouble walking the first two batsmen of the fifth, Jharrel Cotton came in and dismissed the next three batsmen down the order.

Cotton, who was included in the roster on Friday, played two innings without a score. Tyler Duffy, Joe Smith and Griffin Jacques threw a scoreless frame each in the win.

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