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Blue Jays rally late to top Twins

Minnesota Twins outfielder Jake Cave steals second against Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Freddy Galvis in the sixth inning at Target Field. Brad Rempel / USA TODAY Sports1 / 2
Minnesota Twins third baseman Willians Astudillo (right) congratulates first baseman C.J. Cron (left) after his home run in the fourth inning against Toronto Blue Jays at Target Field. Brad Rempel / USA TODAY Sports2 / 2

MINNEAPOLIS -- Teoscar Hernandez hit a three-run homer to highlight a four-run eighth inning as the Toronto Blue Jays rallied for a 5-3 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Monday night, April 15, in Minneapolis.

Hernandez finished with three hits, Randal Grichuk went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles, and Justin Smoak went 2-for-3 with a double, an RBI and a run scored for Toronto, which won just the third time in its last 10 games. Sam Gaviglio (1-0) picked up the win with a scoreless inning of relief and Joe Biagini pitched a 1-2-3 ninth to earn his first save.

C.J. Cron hit a three-run homer and Jorge Polanco went 3-for-3 with a walk and scored a run for Minnesota. Adalberto Mejia (0-1) took the loss after giving up four runs on four hits in two innings of relief.

Toronto took a 1-0 lead in the four inning on a sacrifice fly by Alen Hanson, driving in Smoak who opened the inning with a double and then went to third on a single by Hernandez.

Minnesota came right back in the bottom half of the inning to take a 3-1 lead. Polanco opened the inning with a grounder up the middle that hit the second base bag and caromed over the head of shortstop Freddy Galvis into center field for a single. One out later, Eddie Rosario walked and Cron then followed with his second homer in two days, a 418-foot drive that landed midway into the second deck in left field.

The Blue Jays scored four runs in the eighth off Mejia to take a 5-3 lead. Galvis opened the inning with a single, went to third on a double by Grichuk and then scored on a single to left by Smoak. Hernandez then followed with a towering three-run home run to left, his first of the season.

Martin Perez, making his first start with the Twins after signing a one-year free agent contract in January, allowed one run on seven hits and two walks over six innings. He threw struck out five and threw first-pitch strikes to 17 of the 25 batters he faced.

Toronto starter Matt Shoemaker gave up three runs on four hits with four walks and four strikeouts in six innings.

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