José Berríos pitched into the seventh inning to beat his former staff, Bo Bichette homered in a five-run first inning and the Toronto Blue Jays elevated their lead all through the playoff race by beating the Minnesota Twins 5-3 Sunday.

Toronto now leads the New York Yankees by 1 1/2 video video video games for the second AL wild-card spot. The Blue Jays are one recreation behind Boston for the easiest slot.

The Blue Jays have 13 video video video games remaining. The Yankees have 12 and Boston has 11.

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. had three hits and an RBI on account of the Blue Jays improved to 15-3 in September. Toronto (84-65) is a season-best 19 video video video games above .500.

Traded to Toronto on July 30 after six seasons with the Twins, Berríos (12-9) confronted his ex-teammates for the primary time. He allowed three runs and 4 hits to win for the fourth time in 5 begins.

“I felt like I was playing back in Puerto Rico in my backyard with a lot of friends I know from a long time ago,” Berrios talked about. “I enjoyed this a lot today.

Berríos improved to 5-3 with a 3.39 ERA in 10 starts with the Blue Jays.

“Since Jose bought correct proper right here, he’s been serving to us heaps,” Guerrero said through a translator.

Berríos left to a standing ovation after giving up Ben Rortvedt’s solo home run in the seventh.

“This was a begin we’ve seen earlier than from José Berríos, furthermore normally he’s strolling into our dugout,” Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said.

“We had been capable of get a couple of licks in there, we merely weren’t capable of get sufficient,” he said.

Trevor Richards struck out three of the four batters he faced and Jordan Romano finished for his 19th save in 20 chances.

Minnesota lost for the sixth time in eight games.

With an off day Monday, Baldelli decided to empty his bullpen for the series finale. Minnesota opened with right-hander Luke Farrell, who hadn’t allowed a run in three September appearances.

Farrell (1-1) struck out George Springer to begin the game, but the Blue Jays followed with seven straight hits. Marcus Semien doubled and scored on Guerrero’s single, and Bichette followed with his 26th home run. Toronto’s 237 homers are the most in the majors.

Four more singles followed, including RBI hits by Lourdes Gurriel Jr. and Breyvic Valera, before Danny Jansen grounded into a fielder’s choice and Farrell retired Springer for a second time to end the inning.

Farrell is the son of former Blue Jays manager John Farrell. His brother, Shane, is Toronto’s scouting director.

Minnesota’s Nick Gordon hit a two-run double off Berríos in the fourth.


Following the game, Guerrero and Donaldson met behind home plate to exchange jerseys and share an embrace amid cheers from the crowd of 14,601. Guerrero said he asked Donaldson for a jersey during Saturday’s game and the Twins slugger said he wanted one of Guerrero’s, so they hatched a plan for Sunday’s swap.

“He instructed me, ‘Stay focused and keep working hard to the end,’” talked about Guerrero, who was a 3rd baseman in Toronto’s minor league system when Donaldson was starring at third for the Blue Jays.


Toronto is 21-9 at Rogers Centre since returning north of the border July 30.


Berríos has now confronted all 30 huge league groups.


Blue Jays: Toronto put LHP Hyun Jin Ryu (neck soreness) on the 10-day injured itemizing and recalled LHP Tayler Saucedo from Triple-A Buffalo. Ryu has an 8.10 ERA over his earlier eight begins.

Twins: RHP Joe Ryan is scheduled to start out Wednesday in course of the Cubs. Ryan left closing Tuesday’s begin in course of Cleveland after being struck on the wrist by a batted ball. … Donaldson was hit on the correct elbow by a pitch from Berríos all through the fourth nonetheless completed the sport.


Blue Jays: LHP Robbie Ray (12-5, 2.64) begins Monday all through the opener of a three-game sequence at Tampa Bay. Ray is 2-1 with a 1.85 ERA in 5 begins in course of Tampa Bay this season. The Rays haven’t named a starter.

Twins: RHP Griffin Jax (3-4, 6.65) begins Tuesday as Minnesota visits Chicago for a two-game interleague sequence in course of the Cubs. RHP Alec Mills (6-6, 4.50) begins for Chicago.