Blue Jays ride Esmil Rogers’ gem to sweep Twins

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

Minneapolis, MN, United States (4E Sports) – Esmil Rogers pitched 7 2/3 shutout innings while Jose Reyes hit an RBI double in the eighth as the Toronto Blue Jays completed a three-game sweep with a 2-0 blanking of the Minnesota Twins Sunday at Target Field.

Rogers (5-7) allowed three hits with a walk and four strikeouts while Reyes had two hits and scored the insurance run in the eighth as the Blue Jays improved to 67-76 after winning five of their last six games.

Rogers got the first two outs in the eighth before he was relieved by Brett Cecil, who gave up a single to Alex Presley. Sergio Santos then came in and got the final out of the inning by forcing pinch-hitter Josmil Pinto to fly out to left.

Casey Janssen then pitched a scoreless ninth to clinch his 29th save of the season.

Andrew Albers tossed seven shutout frames for the Twins, giving up four hits and striking out five, but his efforts went for naught after Jared Burton (2-9) surrendered two runs on three hits in the eighth as the Twins dropped to 61-80.

The Blue Jays came alive in the eighth after Albers came out for Burton as Ryan Goins hit a leadoff single before advancing to second on a sacrifice by Kevin Pillar.

Then, Reyes doubled to deep right to bring home Goins for the tie-breaking run. The speedy shortstop stole third and scored the game’s second run with Rajai Davis’ single to shallow right.

With his performance, Reyes showed that the severe left ankle injury he suffered early this season was a thing of the past.

Reyes missed two and a half months after he sprained his ankle while attempting to steal second base in a game against the Royals.

He returned in late June, but it wasn’t until recently that Reyes looked pain-free while going through his daily activities.

“I feel like it’s way better,” Reyes said. “The last two weeks, it has come along very good. I feel a lot looser. I still feel it a little bit, but it’s way better than it was before.”

The 30-year-old has a special brace that he’ll wear for the rest of his career and continues to do daily stretches and exercises specifically designed for the ankle in an attempt to avoid future injuries.

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