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Blue Jays prevail in extras as Marco Estrada's frustrating season continues

Blue Jays prevail in extras as Marco Estrada's frustrating season continues”

Twins centre fielder Byron Buxton - who has feasted on Blue Jays pitching to the tune of a career.453/.531/1.034 slashline - is on the disabled list with a broken left big toe, suffered on a foul tip while rehabbing with the Class-A Fort Myers Miracle, following time off with migraines.

Minnesota has lost 11 of 12 and are 2-12 since being snowed-out at Target Field from April 13-15.

Joe Mauer and Eddie Rosario homered for the Twins.

Kevin Pillar led off the 10th inning with a double against John Curtiss (0-1). Morales was walked intentionally. But Kendrys Morales led off the inning with the first of his two home runs, then Justin Smoak dumped an RBI single to center, scoring Luke Maile to make it 2-2. The Blue Jays stole two bases, took advantage of two wild pitches and scored three times to take the 7-4 victory. An infield single by Aledmys Diaz scored pinch runner Gift Ngoepe, and Maile scored on a wild pitch by Matt Magill to give Toronto a 7-4 lead.

The bullpen finished with five scoreless innings for the Blue Jays, with Tyler Clippard (4-0) taking the ninth for the win and Roberto Osuna working the 10th for his eighth save in nine tries.

Toronto starter Marco Estrada allowed four runs, seven hits and one walk in five-plus innings. From then on Estrada generated five outs with his fastball - three on line drives, one on a flyout and one a swinging strike three - as he put up four straight zeroes. One thing the Twins want to do is score a couple runs early and make things easier for their starting pitchers, and they came through with early run support for righthander Kyle Gibson. Mauer hit his first homer of the season, and Max Kepler walked and scored on Rosario's double. Two batters later, with three Blue Jays still on base, Curtis Grandersen earned a walk to double Toronto's lead.

Morales, who replaced Steve Pearce as DH in a late lineup change, hit his second homer of the season to lead off the fifth.

Morales, who wasn't due to start, singled in the second and started the rally back from a 2-0 deficit in the fifth with a solo shot that cut into a 2-0 deficit.



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