TORONTO (AP) – Vladimir Guerrero Jr. logged in for his 46th homeroom lead in the major leagues, but Jorge Polanco, Josh Donaldson and Miguel Sanó hit back-to-back homers as the Minnesota Twins beat the Toronto Blue Jays 7-3 on Friday night.
The Blue Jays slipped to third in the AL wild card race, one game behind Boston and half a game behind the Yankees. Toronto fell to 13-3 in September.
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Guerrero hit a solo homerun in the third, which brought Toronto down to 5-3. He was tied with Salvador Perez of Kansas City for the home run ahead of the game.
Michael Pineda (7-8) pitched 5 2-3 innings to win his third straight start, allowing three runs and three hits. The right-hander is 3-0 with a 2.63 ERA in September after going 0-3 with a 5.88 ERA in August.
Jorge Alcala worked 1 1-3 innings, Tyler Duffey pulled the side out in the eighth and Alex Colomé finished in the ninth as Minnesota won for the second time in six games.
After allowing seven runs in 2 1-3 innings against the modest Baltimore in his previous outing, Blue Jays left-hander Hyun Jin Ryu (13-9) couldn’t get past third, starting after allowing four hits. consecutive.
The latest of those hits were home runs for Polanco, his 31st, and Donaldson, his 23rd. Ryu is 2-4 with an 8.10 ERA in his last eight starts.
Ross Stripling relieved and sold the Sanó home run on his fourth pitch. The circuit was Sanó’s 29th.
Restored from the pre-game paternity list, Minnesota’s Brent Rooker netted an RBI brace against Ryu in the second and knocked out Julian Merryweather in the sixth.
Twins shortstop Andrelton Simmons did not travel to Canada with the team due to a visa issue and was placed on the shortlist. Director Rocco Baldelli said Simmons is in the process of applying for permanent residence in the United States, which means he cannot cross the border. He will join the team in Chicago next week for a series against the Cubs.
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Polanco started off shortstop and made two pitching errors in the second, leading to a pair of unearned runs, but redeemed himself with his two-run homer in the third.
Blue Jays: RHP José Berríos will start the series final on Sunday against his former team, manager Charlie Montoyo said. Berríos stung pain in his left side for several innings on Tuesday against the Rays, but reported no lingering effects. … RHP Alek Manoah will have six days off before his next start on Tuesday in Tampa Bay. The rookie pitched 93 innings this year. His single-season high at all levels is 108 1-3 innings as a varsity junior in West Virginia.
Twins: Baldelli said RHP Joe Ryan should not be on the injured list after being hit in the wrist by a batted bullet on Tuesday. Baldelli said Ryan could get an extra day off before his next departure. … C Mitch Garver (lower back crunch) went 0 for 2 with a walk in a five innings rehab appearance with Triple-A St. Paul.
The Twins picked RHP Nick Vincent from Triple-A and proposed LHP Andrew Albers to their top farm team.
LHP Blue Jays Steven Matz (12-7, 3.87) starts Saturday afternoon against RHP Bailey Ober Twins (2-2, 4.12). Matz is 3-0 with a 2.65 ERA in his last six starts.
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