MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Cavan Biggio hit a victim fly in the 10th inning, and Whit Merrifield took a reverse call to lead the Blue Jays to a 3-2 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Sunday.
Merrifield was initially called at plate, but the call was reversed after twins catcher Gary Sanchez was deemed to have interfered with Merrifield, whose right foot struck Sanchez’s left leg as he slipped to home plate. He could have finished the kick-off.
Minnesota manager Rocco Baldelli was ejected for arguing the call, the eighth time in his career and third this season.
Toronto is two games ahead of Tampa Bay for the best wildcard in the American League. Minnesota’s lead at the AL Central was reduced to one game after Cleveland’s win.
After two early runs, the Blue Jays choked out the late Twins’ comeback. Jose Miranda drove in Minnesota’s first race as an RBI single in the eighth round for his fourth consecutive game with at least one RBI. Luis Arraez tied the match in ninth place with his RBI single.
Blue Jays starter Kevin Gausman had six goalless hits, allowed six hits and had five hits. It was a salvation for Gausman, who was knocked out after 3 2/3 innings in his last start against the Twins in June, when he gave up three wins and nine innings and five runs. He had 14 goalless kicks in his last two starts.
Jordan Romano (4-3), who missed his chance to save in the ninth half, closed the Twins with a 1-2-3 shot in the 10th minute.
Starting in Minnesota, Chris Archer had five innings and allowed four innings while allowing two innings. Archer has had five hits in a start for only the fourth time this season.
Back-to-back hits in the second and third innings produced early runs for Toronto. Teoscar Hernandez opened the second inning single and scored a double by Bo Bichette. Biggio doubled down to start the third inning, and Lourdes Gurriel Jr. drove it with an RBI single.
Caleb Thielbar (2-1) scored 10th for the Gemini and Biggio gave up the sheet fly.
Vladamir Guerrero Jr. went 4 to 1 to extend his career-high winning streak to 18 games. The longest active batting streak in Major League Baseball.
Blue Jays: LHP Tim Mayza has been placed on the 15-day injured list with a dislocated right shoulder. Mayza was ejected from Saturday’s game after suffering an injury while trying to slip into a home game and after awkwardly falling on her shoulder. RHP Trent Thornton was recalled from Triple-A to replace Mayza.
Gemini: RHP Emilio Pagán day after day with what the team calls a right lat cramp. Pagán left Sunday’s game with a sixth-round injury… Baldelli said he was “hopeful” for Minnesota’s RHP Kenta Maeda to return in September. Maeda had Tommy John surgery in September 2021.
Blue Jays: LHP Yusei Kikuchi (4-5, 4.86 ERA) takes the bump in the first game of a three-game series against the Orioles on Monday in Baltimore. Kikuchi allowed two runs in four innings against the Tampa Bay Rays in his most recent start.
Gemini: Minnesota took a day off Monday before kicking off a two-game interleague series against the Dodgers on Tuesday in Los Angeles.
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