Twins stymied by Estrada in loss to Toronto


MINNEAPOLIS — Josh Donaldson clubbed a pair of homers to back a gem by Marco Estrada, as the Blue Jays pushed past the Twins, 7-2, on Saturday night at Target Field. Minnesota has now lost back-to-back games to Toronto and dropped its lead for the second American League Wild Card spot to 1 1/2 games, pending the result of the Angels-Rangers game.

Estrada allowed two runs over a season-high eight innings, in which Estrada gave up three hits with four strikeouts and one walk. Eddie Rosario recorded the first hit off Estrada with a leadoff home run in the fifth, while Eduardo Escobar crushed a solo shot in the eighth. Minnesota has now hit a home run in 15 straight games, which is one shy of matching the club’s longest streak.

Donaldson, who tallied four hits, supported Estrada’s efforts on the mound with a first-inning homer off Minnesota left-hander Adalberto Mejia, who was handed the loss. In his first start since returning from the disabled list, Mejia gave up three runs on five hits across three-plus frames. Donaldson notched the 14th multi-homer game of his career and fourth this season with a solo homer in the ninth.

Toronto’s Justin Smoak delivered an RBI double in the fourth and Kendrys Morales plated two runs with a pair of singles. Jose Bautista snapped an 0-for-17 skid with a trio of hits and drove in a run, as well.

Shane Jackson is a reporter for based in Minneapolis.

Tyler Mason is a contributor to based in Minneapolis and covered the Blue Jays on Saturday.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.


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