Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Kelly Johnson hit a two-run homer and Yunel
Escobar and Rajai Davis each drove in a run as the Toronto Blue Jays edged the
Minnesota Twins, 4-3, in the middle test of a three-game set at Rogers Centre.
Chad Jenkins (1-3) earned his first major league win after giving up two runs
on five hits and a walk over five-plus innings.
Casey Janssen stranded a runner in the ninth to earn his 22nd save of the
Denard Span went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer and Alexi Casilla added an RBI
double for the Twins, who have dropped four straight.
Anthony Swarzak (3-6) was saddled with the loss after giving up four runs on
five hits and three walks over five innings.
Toronto took a 1-0 lead in the third when Davis singled to center field to
score Adeiny Hechavarria. Hechavarria opened the inning with a double into
the left-field corner and advanced to third on a Moises Sierra ground out
before coming around on Davis' base hit.
Kelly Johnson ripped a two-run homer in the fourth and Escobar stroked an RBI
base hit in the fifth to extend Toronto's spread to 4-0.
Span's two-run shot in the sixth inning cut the Twins' deficit to 4-2, and
Minnesota added one more in the seventh when Casilla doubled to right field to
score Trevor Plouffe, who opened the frame with a double of his own.
But Darren Oliver worked a scoreless eighth and Janssen worked around a two-
out single in the ninth to close out the game.
Toronto has won six of its last nine, but dropped 14 of its last 21 overall
... Hechavarria has recorded at least one hit in 12 of his last 13 games ...
Minnesota is 25-69 when its opponent scores first.
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