Jose Bautista’s sixth-inning blast helps Jays top Twins
Minneapolis, MN, United States (AHN Sports) – Jose Bautista seemed to be comfortable hitting at Target Field as he crushed a tiebreaking home run in the sixth in the Toronto Blue Jays’ 2-1 victory over the Minnesota Twins Saturday night, in the third test of a four-game set.
It was the third home run in two nights for Bautista, who ripped a two-out blast to left field off Twins starter P.J. Walters (0-1).
That go-ahead solo blast, which gave Toronto a 2-1 edge after six, was the eighth homer of the year for Bautista.
The Blue Jays’ 31-year-old outfielder has now hit 10 home runs in 10 tilts at Target Field, a ballpark which is widely known for not yielding many home runs.
Bautista hit two home runs in Friday’s 7-6 loss.
His huge blast benefitted Toronto starter Drew Hutchison (2-1), who was coming off his first career loss against the Angels. The rookie right-hander allowed three hits with four walks and four strikeouts over six solid innings for the Blue Jays Saturday.
Adam Limb added an RBI single, while Casey Janssen collected the save.
Former Blue Jay Walters, called up from Triple-A Thursday after going 3-1 with a 2.70 ERA in six starts for Rochester to take over Francisco Liriano’s spot in the rotation, tossed four scoreless frames before giving up his first run in the fifth, Lind’s RBI single.
Walters allowed two runs on six hits over six innings in his debut with the Twins, who have dropped six of their last eight.
Toronto has won three of its last four.