MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Adam Lind hit a pair of three-run homers and J.A. Happ snapped a three-game losing streak, leading the Toronto Blue Jays over the Minnesota Twins 11-2 on Saturday night.
Lind’s first home run highlighted a five-run first inning a night after Toronto posted five runs in the third frame in a victory over Minnesota. Lind went deep again in the eighth for his second multi-homer game this season and 10th of his career.
Happ (4-5), who entered the game with a 7.71 ERA in his last three outings, allowed an unearned run on five hits while striking out four. The left-hander, who suffered a fractured skull and sprained knee on May 7 when he was hit in the head by line drive, hadn’t pitched past the fifth inning in back-to-back starts.
But Happ faced just two over the minimum through the first three innings before Brett Lawrie’s throwing error in the fourth led to the unearned run. He walked two of the four batters he faced in the sixth before giving way to Neil Wagner, who struck out Chris Colabello to end the threat.
Happ’s 5 2-3 innings pitched were his most since he worked seven against Oakland on August 7. He’s only made it through six innings in three of his 14 starts this season.
But it was enough for the Blue Jays, who jumped on Twins starter Kevin Correia (9-11) early.
After Jose Reyes flew out to the warning track to start the game, Toronto connected on six consecutive hits and Ryan Pressly began warming in Minnesota’s bullpen. But Correia settled down from there, allowing just two hits in the next five innings.
Correia was 1-0 with a 0.64 ERA in his previous two starts, but entered 1-2 with a 6.88 ERA in three career starts against the Blue Jays — including a 4-0 Twins loss to Toronto July 5.
Lind’s six RBIs were his most since driving in a career-high eight at Texas August 31, 2009.
Lawrie followed Lind’s first-inning home run with a solo shot of his own and finished with three hits for Toronto. He’s hitting .307 with six homers and 27 RBI since the All Star break. Munenori Kawasaki was 2-for-4 with two RBIs and a run scored.
Oswaldo Arcia and Josmil Pinto drove in Minnesota’s only runs. The Twins started the eighth inning with three singles and a walk, but Steve Delabar relieved Kyle Drabek and retired the next three batters to keep Minnesota from getting any closer.
The Twins have lost nine straight home games for the first time since April 27-May 23, 2011.
The Blue Jays have won nine of their last 12 overall and 34 of their previous 44 against Minnesota.
Notes: Twins C Joe Mauer took group batting practice Saturday for the first time as he continues to make progress from a concussion he suffered August 19. There still is no timetable for his return. … Toronto OF Moises Sierra left the game with lower back tightness after striking out to end the third inning. Rajai Davis replaced him in right field. … Esmil Rogers (4-7, 4.76 ERA) will try to win back-to-back starts for the first time since June 13 and 18 as he takes the mound for Toronto on Sunday. … The Twins will counter with rookie Matt Albers (2-2, 3.96), who has allowed five earned runs in three of his last four starts after starting his career with 8 1-3 shutout innings and a complete-game shutout.