Colon pitches Twins past Blue Jays
TORONTO — Bartolo Colon pitched 6 2/3 innings for his second straight win, Byron Buxton had three hits and two RBIs and the Minnesota Twins beat the Toronto Blue Jays 6-1 on Friday night.
Joe Mauer had three hits and scored twice as Minnesota snapped a seven-game losing streak north of the border. The Twins, who began the day a half-game ahead of Kansas City and Los Angeles for the second AL wild card, had not won in Toronto since June 11, 2014.
Justin Smoak hit his 35th homer for Toronto, but the Blue Jays lost for the sixth time in seven games.
Buxton opened the scoring with an RBI bunt single in the third, and Jorge Polanco followed with a two-out, two-run double.
Smoak connected in the bottom half but Minnesota answered in the fourth when Mitch Garver hit a leadoff triple and scored on Max Kepler’s sacrifice fly. Eduardo Escobar made it 5-1 with a sacrifice fly in the fifth.
Buxton made the defensive play of the game in the eighth. His diving catch on the warning track retired Rob Refsnyder and stranded runners at first and second. The speedy outfielder capped his night with an RBI single off T.J. House in the ninth.
Colon (6-10) allowed nine hits and walked one while improving to 4-1 in August.
On the first day of Players Weekend, the 44-year-old Colon pitched in a jersey with the name “Morales” on the back. It was a tribute to his mother Adriana Morales, who died in 2014.
The Blue Jays stranded 11 in the series opener against Minnesota. J.A. Happ (6-10) allowed five runs and eight hits in six innings, dropping to 1-4 with a 6.07 ERA in six career games against the Twins.
Twins: INF Miguel Sano (left shin) is making slow progress but is unlikely to be ready when eligible to come off the 10-day DL next Tuesday, manager Paul Molitor said. Sano has been out since Aug. 19.
Twins: RHP Dillon Gee (1-0, 2.84 ERA) allowed one run in six innings to beat the White Sox in his previous start, his first with Minnesota.
Blue Jays: RHP Marco Estrada (5-8, 5.07 ERA) is 1-6 with a 6.78 ERA in 15 starts since June 1.