Justin Smoak, Russell Martin Homer as Toronto Blue Jays Hold on to Beat Minnesota Twins 7-5
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Even with Josh Donaldson missing 16 games on the disabled list, Jose Bautista gone and Kendrys Morales off to a slow start, the Toronto Blue Jays are powering up again and supplying the offense they've become used to north of the border.
Justin Smoak and Russell Martin homered, Yangervis Solarte had three hits and Toronto edged the Minnesota Twins for a 7-5 win on Monday night.
Smoak hit a towering, two-run shot to cap a three-run fourth inning to stake the Blue Jays to a 5-0 lead. Martin added a solo homer to the second deck in left field an inning later as Toronto won its second game in a row.
Minnesota has lost 10 of its past 11 games after a rally against closer Roberto Osuna fell short in the ninth.
The Twins stranded runners on second and third as Osuna secured his seventh save in eight chances.
Toronto slipped to last in the American League in scoring last season and was seventh in home runs in the AL. After hitting three home runs in Sunday's win, the Blue Jays entered the night tied for second in the majors in homers this season and were fifth in runs scored.
Aaron Sanchez (2-2) was the beneficiary of the run support. He pitched six innings and allowed four runs and six hits and three walks.
Minnesota's Lance Lynn (0-3) struggled with his command again and couldn't get past the fifth inning for the fourth time in five starts this season. Lynn gave up six runs in five innings. He allowed seven hits and walked five batters. He has an 8.37 ERA for the season.
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