Dunedin, FL, United States (4E Sports) – Kenny Wilson hit a walk-off RBI triple in the ninth inning to carry the Toronto Blue Jays to a 4-3 triumph over the Minnesota Twins in Saturday’s Grapefruit League game at Auto Exchange Stadium.
Erik Kratz singled on a ground ball before he was brought home by Wilson via a fly ball to center field for the game-winning run as the Blue Jays improved to 5-5 in Spring Training.
Jose Bautista delivered his third homer of spring, Adam Lind went 2-for-2 while John Stilson (1-0) pitched a scoreless ninth for the win.
Right-hander Drew Hutchison gave up two hits, including a two-run shot to Byron Buxton, and one walk while striking out five batters in three innings.
“I threw a lot of really good pitches today — one not-so-good one — but with the exception of that, I felt like I pitched real well today,” Hutchison said. “I was just trying to pound the zone just like every other start.”
Trevor May absorbed the loss after giving up the game-winning run, right-hander Phil Hughes tossed three scoreless innings while top prospect Byron Buxton swatted his first home run of spring for the Twins (5-4).
The 20-year-old Buxton homered in the third inning to give the Twins a 2-0 lead before the Blue Jays got on the board in the fourth behind Bautista’s long homer to left field off Minnesota lefty Glen Perkins.
Toronto first baseman Adam Lind tied it up later that inning, lining an RBI double to center field.
Toronto broke up the 2-2 tie in the sixth, when Melky Cabrera poked a line-drive single to right field off lefty Logan Darnell to score Lind.
The Twins tied the game at 3-3 in the ninth on Jermaine Mitchell’s RBI single off Stilson before Wilson delivered the game-winning hit in the bottom part of the last frame.