Blue Jays trump Twins in 10th place on a reverse call

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Cavan Biggio hit a sacrifice fly in the 10th inning and Whit Merrifield scored on a reverse call to lead the Blue Jays to a 3-2 win over the Minnesota Twins on Sunday.

Merrifield was originally called out on plate, but the call was reversed after it was believed Twins catcher Gary Sanchez had interfered with Merrifield, whose right foot collided with Sanchez’s left leg as he slid onto home plate. The out would have ended the inning.

Minnesota manager Rocco Baldelli was ejected for arguing the call, the eighth time he has been sacked in his career and the third this season.

Toronto stayed two games ahead of Tampa Bay for the best wild card in the American League. Minnesota’s lead in the AL Central shrank to a game after a Cleveland win.

After scoring two early runs, the Blue Jays stifled a late comeback from the Twins. Jose Miranda drove in Minnesota’s first run, an RBI single in the eighth inning, for his fourth straight game with at least one RBI. Luis Arraez tied the game in ninth with an RBI single.

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Blue Jays starter Kevin Gausman pitched six scoreless innings, allowing six hits and knocking out five. It was redemption for Gausman, who was knocked out after 3 2/3 innings in his last start against the Twins in June, giving up nine hits and five runs, three of them earned. He has now pitched 14 scoreless innings in his last two starts.

After throwing away the save in the ninth inning, Jordan Romano (4-3) closed out the Twins with a 1-2-3 inning in the tenth.

Minnesota starter Chris Archer fielded five innings and allowed two runs with four hits while hitting four. It was only the fourth time this season that Archer went five innings in a start.

Back-to-back hits in the second and third innings gave Toronto early runs. Teoscar Hernandez opened the second inning with a single and hit with a double from Bo Bichette. Biggio doubled early in the third inning and Lourdes Gurriel Jr. drove him in with an RBI single.

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Caleb Thielbar (2-1) threw the 10th for the Twins, giving up the Biggio sac.

Vladamir Guerrero Jr. went 1-4 to extend his career hitting streak to 18 games. It’s the longest active hitting streak in Major League Baseball.


Blue Jays: LHP Tim Mayza was put on the 15-day injured list with a dislocated right shoulder. Mayza was removed from Saturday’s game with the injury after trying to make a tag on a play-at-home plate and awkwardly landing on his shoulder. RHP Trent Thornton was recalled by Triple-A to replace Mayza.

Gemini: RHP Emilio Pagán suffers from what the team calls a right lat cramp every day. Pagán left Sunday’s game in the sixth inning with the injury… Minnesota is “hopeful” for a September return from RHP Kenta Maeda, Baldelli said. Maeda was operated on by Tommy John in September 2021.


Blue Jays: LHP Yusei Kikuchi (4-5, 4.86 ERA) wins against the Orioles in the first game of a three-game streak in Baltimore on Monday. Kikuchi allowed two runs over four innings in his last start against the Tampa Bay Rays.

Gemini: Minnesota has Monday off before starting a two-game interleague series against the Dodgers on Tuesday in Los Angeles.

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