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Taylor leads Twins past Toronto in 10 innings

Taylor leads Twins past Toronto in 10 innings

Michael A. Taylor hit a two-run homer in the fifth inning and had a sacrifice fly in the 10th as the Minnesota Twins beat the Toronto Blue Jays 3-2 on Friday, breaking a season-high five. losing streak.

Taylor generated all of the scoring for the Twins, who had seven runs in their previous six games.

“He’s been very valuable to us,” manager Rocco Baldelli said. “There’s no way to avoid it”.

Royce Lewis hit an infield single off Adam Cimber (0-1) to start the 10th, advancing autorunner Ryan Jeffers to third. One out later, Taylor flied out to left field and Jeffers slid to home plate before a throw by Whit Merrifield.

“That was a much-needed win for us,” Twins starter Sonny Gray said.

Toronto loaded the bases against Jhoan Duran (2-2) in the ninth but couldn’t break through. After the Twins intentionally walked Vladimir Guerrero Jr. with first base open, Brandon Belt lined to second base on a 3-2 pitch to send him into extra innings.

“Brandon squares a line drive against a very, very good closer,” Blue Jays manager John Schneider said. “It was a game of inches tonight.”

Baldelli said he elected to walk Guerrero after Alejandro Kirk grounded out and Bo Bichette struck out.

“He’s still one of the best hitters in the game and we didn’t want to let him decide the game,” Baldelli said of Guerrero.

Duran drew a walk with one out in the 10th, earning a strikeout and fly out to finish it off.

“Everybody feels amazing,” Duran said. “We had a bad series in Tampa. Winning here in the first game, that’s good.”

Taylor made it 2-0 when he hit lefty Yusei Kukuchi for his ninth home run of the season and second in two games.

Bichette cut the lead in half with an RBI single off Gray in the bottom of the fifth, and the Blue Jays tied it with a two-out rally in the sixth.

George Springer pinch hit for Cavan Biggio after Santiago Espinal’s two-out single, and the Twins responded by replacing lefty Jovani Moran with righty Brock Stewart. Springer hit Stewart’s first pitch off the wall for an RBI double, taking third on the throw to home.

Stewart struck out pinch hitter Kirk to keep it tied.

Kikuchi allowed two runs and four hits in five innings. He walked one and struck out four.

Gray allowed one run and five hits in five innings, walking two and striking out five.

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