MINNEAPOLIS — Nick Gordon hit a three-run homer in the 10th inning for Minnesota after two turnovers from Toronto catcher Danny Jensen to put the Twins 6-5 on Friday night Victory over the Blue Jays.
Gordon, who had three hits in the game, was the automatic runner in the bottom of the 10th inning. Jordan Romano (3-3) hits Jack Cave on a low slider and he goes past Jensen, who threw wildly to first, allowing Cave to reach and move Gordon to third .
Tim Beckham batted to third baseman Matt Chapman, who pitched home for Gordon to try to score. Jensen could be out, but didn’t catch the ball cleanly.
“I was actually sliding the ball and looking at the catcher, so I literally saw the ball come down and I kind of yelled at the referee,” Gordon said. “I was like, ‘Safe, safe. ‘ So, I want him to hear me.”
Toronto rebounded from a 5-0 deficit before losing for the fourth time in its past 16 games.
“I think everything lined up the way we wanted, but we ended up not executing,” said interim manager John Schneider. “I like the way we play, I think it’s a game in a vacuum. You try to flatten it and move on.”
Michael Fulmer (4-4) was 10th in bases in his second appearance for Minnesota after getting it from Detroit.
The Twins have lost six of nine games, extending their lead in the AFC Central to two games against Cleveland and the Chicago White Sox.
“Sometimes you just have to fight a little bit,” Minnesota manager Rocco Baldley said. “Put the ball into the game. Let the other teams make a difference. Once someone’s on second base, once someone’s on third base, if you give yourself a chance, anything can really happen in this game.”
The Blue Jays moved closer to Jorge Lopez in the ninth inning against the new Twins, another trade-deadline acquisition, who was an All-Star for Baltimore. Bo Bichette and Danny Jansen singled before Raimel Tapia put a two-out single into shallow midfield.
Taylor Mahler made his Minnesota debut, becoming the first Twins starter to complete six innings since Sunny Gray’s July 24 game against Detroit.
Mahler allowed one hit in the first four innings before giving up home runs to Matt Chapman, Santiago Espinal and Vladimir Guerrero Jr., who extended his streak to 16. The game, in the sixth inning, bombarded the center with two points.
With three prospects from the Cincinnati Reds at the deadline, Mahler allowed four runs and five hits. He didn’t allow three home runs in a game this season.
“I’m excited to have a meaningful game,” Mahler said. “It hasn’t really been done this year. So glad my family got to see it.”
Gordon’s fifth homer of the season came in four quarters against former Twins starter Jose Berrios, who gave up with six hits in 3 2/3 innings five points.
i don’t like to say goodbye
Minnesota designated right-hander Tyler Duffy for release or assignment, likely ending Duffy’s eight-year tenure with the team. Duffy is 2-4 on the season with a 4.91 ERA. He dropped a 3-pointer in 1 2/3 innings in Thursday’s 9-3 loss to Toronto.
The 31-year-old Duffy was a starter in his early years with Minnesota and has since become an important backup player. From 2019 to 2020, he played more than 80 times with a 2.31 ERA.
“Some decisions have to be made. That’s one of them, it’s really hard,” Baldley said. “It took us some time and some thought before we got there. But we thought it was something we had to do, so if we thought it was the right thing to do, we had to do it.”
Right-hander Cole Sands was recalled from Triple-A St. Paul to fill a long-term backup role.
Blue Jays: George Springer is out of the lineup while dealing with a lingering elbow injury. It’s Springer’s maintenance day, Schneider said.
Twins: Byron Buxton has the day off as he deals with his lingering knee injury.
RHP Mitch White will make his Toronto debut Saturday night after being acquired in a Deadline trade with Los Angeles. White is 1-2 with a 3.70 ERA in 15 games with the Dodgers, including 10 starts. Minnesota will start RHP Dylan Bundy (6-5, 5.04 ERA), who has allowed 15 runs in his past 19 1/3 innings.
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