MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -Danny Jansen hit a start, three-run homer, George Springer also went deep, and the Blue Jays beat the Minnesota Twins 5-2 Sunday to maintain pressure in the AL wild-card race before heading to Toronto for their final homeland.
Toronto enters last week a fight back for the second AL wild card. The New York Yankees and Boston were just off the wild-card lead heading into their game Sunday night.
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Toronto won the last two games in the series by four games. The Blue Jays host three-game series against New York and Baltimore.
“We just have to win,” said Toronto manager Charlie Montoyo. “I am so proud of this team to be where we are right now. They deserve all the credit. ”
Alek Manoah (8-2) won his third start in a row and gave up two runs and six hits in 5 2/3 innings with eight strikeouts and two turns. The rookie has 25 strikeouts in his last three outings.
Manoah and three relief plants combined to knock out 15.
“You want to show up and you want to give the team a chance, because right now everything is a little stick,” Manoah said. “You have to go out there and compete and just understand what’s at stake.”
The Blue Jays take home the Rogers Center in Toronto, which was recently allowed to double its capacity for games. That means 30,000 fans will be there when the Blue Jays take on the Yankees in a crucial series.
“I think everyone is excited about it,” Jensen said. “We will play the big dogs, and we will play them at home in front of 30,000 fans. It’s a huge thing to have these fans. ”
Griffin Jax (3-5) gave up four runs and six hits on five innings as the Twins lost their second in a row after a four-game winning streak.
“On all counts, we really felt like we were definitely in the fight,” said twin manager Rocco Baldelli.
Jansen homered in the second after a couple of one-out bloop singles by Corey Dickerson on the left and Santiago Espinal in the center.
Jake Cave hit an RBI single in the bottom half.
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Springer homered in the fifth, a drive that, like Jansens, went into the bullpen in the left-center field. Both players took Toronto’s home run jacket on the Blue Jays has hit a high league height of 248.
Springer’s homer was his second in as many days after being homeless in 12 straight games.
Teoscar Hernández hit an RBI double in eighth and leads the major leagues with 112 RBIs, including a high league high 64 since the All-Star break.
Byron Buxton homed in the fifth, his career-best 16th in just 55 games this season.
“He’s basically been the best player in baseball in the time he’s had on the field,” Baldelli said of Buxton. “Buck is a great player. We see it every day when he’s out here. ”
Blue Jays: LF Lourdes Gurriel Jr., who injured his right hand on Tuesday, remains day-to-day. Montoyo said Gurriel has a large incision in his hand where he grabs the bat. “We’ll see how he does by Tuesday,” Montoyo said.
Twins: RHP Joe Ryan, who was placed on the death list on Saturday, is scheduled to return to the tournament on Thursday when he starts against the Detroit Tigers.
“We do not want him to come back and rush him back at the start of just playing catch while he is away,” manager Rocco Baldelli said. “We want to make sure he is able to settle down, throw a bullpen at some point when he returns and is ready to go.”
Blue Jays: RHP Hyun Jin Ryu (13-9) looks to start against the Yankees and RHP Jameson Taillon (8-6, 4.41).
Gemini: Minnesota opens a series Tuesday against Detroit.
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