Pinto’s bases-loaded double that brought home two highlighted
a five-run fifth inning while Chris Colabello tallied two hits
and an RBI for the Twins. Joe Mauer added two hits and scored
twice while Gibson (3-0) allowed only four hits and one walk
while striking out four.
Colby Rasmus and Josh Thole each collected a pair of hits for
the Blue Jays, but Melky Cabrera went 0-for-4 to end his 14-game
hitting streak. Toronto starter R.A. Dickey (1-3) was charged
with five runs on seven hits and five walks over 4 1/3 innings
while throwing 112 pitches.
The Twins left the bases loaded in the fourth, but broke the
game open in the next inning as Brian Dozier’s infield hit and
Mauer’s single set the table. Plouffe and Jason Kubel delivered
RBI singles before Pinto drilled his two-run double off the
center-field wall and Kurt Suzuki lifted a sacrifice fly for a
Minnesota padded its lead in the sixth courtesy of a sacrifice
fly by Plouffe and a run-scoring double by Colabello to center
field. Gibson threw 105 pitches and got help from two double
plays before Anthony Swarzak worked a perfect ninth to give the
Twins their first shutout of the season.
GAME NOTEBOOK: The temperature at the start of the game was 31
degrees. … Toronto 1B Adam Lind missed the game due to a sore
back. … Mauer was named Major League Baseball’s 2014 All-Star
Ambassador on Thursday for the game which is slated to be played
at Target Field in Minneapolis on July 15.
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