Arráez has 4 hits, Sánchez HRs as Twins beat Blue Jays 8-6

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TORONTO — Luis Arráez went 4-for-4 with a walk, Gary Sánchez and Trevor Larnach homered and the Minnesota Twins beat the Toronto Blue Jays 8-6 on Sunday.

Arráez leads the baseball with a .358 batting average.

“It’s like he’s on fire the whole time,” Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said. ” It is not normal. It’s hard to throw. He can shoot a ball anywhere, anytime, on any ground.

Six different players drove in a run and the Twins had a season-high 16 hits, taking two of the Blue Jays’ three, cooling a Toronto team that entered the series on an eight-game winning streak. .

“It’s one of the best teams in baseball right now,” Baldelli said of the Blue Jays. “They are very tough.”

Sánchez hit a two-run homer against Jeremy Beasley in the eighth inning, his seventh of the season, and Larnach hit a solo against Adam Cimber in the seventh, his fourth of the year.

The Twins manhandled Blue Jays right-hander Kevin Gausman (5-4). Gausman allowed season-highs of nine hits and five runs, including three earned, in 3 innings 2-3.

“Some of their guys laid off really good splits that I was flabbergasted they didn’t pull off,” Gausman said. “We have to keep competing. »

Baldelli said he “couldn’t have been happier” with his side’s approach against Gausman.

“This split plays against everyone,” Baldelli said. “It plays against right-handers, it plays against left-handers. Finding ways to avoid trying to attack every land that comes out in a certain area is a hard thing to do. There’s a reason he’s so great, and he’s really good. But today, you know, the way we attacked them worked today.

It was the shortest of Gausman’s 11 starts this season, and the first time he failed to complete five innings.

“It was an all-day chore,” said Gausman, who added that he plans to review the video to see if he tilts his pitches.

Twins right-hander Devin Smeltzer allowed two runs and four hits in four innings.

Jharel Cotton (2-1), Griffin Jax, Joe Smith, Jhoan Duran each worked an inning. Tyler Duffey had two outs in the ninth and Jovani Moran pulled out Bo Bichette to block runners in the corners to earn his first career save.

George Springer hit the 50th first homer of his career and Santiago Espinal closed it with a three-run homer against Duffey, but the Blue Jays lost for the fifth time in 18 games.

Alejandro Kirk and Matt Chapman added solo tours for Toronto. Springer’s homer was his 11th, Kirk connected for the fifth time, Chapman hit his seventh and Espinal hit his fourth.

Springer also started a late-inning double play in the sixth, returning to the warning lane in the center to catch Sánchez’s deep drive, then helping to pass Nick Gordon in second place.

Not all of Toronto’s defense has been as good. Minnesota took advantage of an error by Teoscar Hernández to score three in the first. With runners on first and second, Jorge Polanco hit a fly ball right but Hernández couldn’t catch.

Later in the first, the Blue Jays missed a chance on the third out when Vladimir Guerrero Jr. appeared to lose Jose Miranda’s foul in the sun. Miranda ended up hitting an RBI single as the Twins scored three in the first.

“It was cloudy and then the sun came out,” Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo said. “I don’t defend my players, but it’s not the first time people have released flying balls.”

Neither Hernández nor Guerrero wore sunglasses in the first game, but both wore them afterwards.

Jermaine Palacios and Polanco each hit RBI singles in the second to give the Twins a 5-1 lead.

Twins: Shortstop Carlos Correa is back in Minnesota after testing positive for COVID-19 in Detroit last week. Baldelli said Correa will likely need a few days of practice before returning to the lineup. … RHP Joe Ryan (COVID-19) will kick off a second bullpen session on Monday or Tuesday.

Toronto has two four-home run games this season, but has lost both. The Blue Jays hit four but lost 12-6 to Texas on April 10.

Hernández overcame his mistake with a pair of outfield assists. He threw Miranda at third base to finish first, and nailed Gilberto Celestino at second to finish seventh.

Springer has homered seven times this season, breaking Devon White’s Blue Jays record in 1991.

Late Saturday, the Blue Jays traded LHP Ryan Borucki to Seattle for minor league INF Tyler Keenan. Borucki was designated for assignment last Tuesday.

Twins: Minnesota hasn’t announced a starter for Monday’s home game against the Yankees. RHP Jameson Taillon (6-1, 2.30) leaves for New York.

Blue Jays: RHP Ross Striping (1-1, 4.22) makes his first start in place of injured LHP Hyun Jin Ryu (forearm) when Toronto opens a three-game series at Kansas City on Monday. LHP Daniel Lynch (2-4, 4.81) goes for the Royals.

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