Vladimir Guerrero Jr. linked for his foremost league-leading 46th homer, but Jorge Polanco, Josh Donaldson, and Miguel Sanó hit consecutive homers on account of the Minnesota Twins beat the Toronto Blue Jays 7-3 Friday night time.

“When we score, we tend to score in bunches, and we were able to do that again tonight,” Donaldson acknowledged after denting his former workforce’s postseason hopes.

The Blue Jays slipped into the third spot in the AL wild-card race, one sport behind Boston and a half-game behind the Yankees — Toronto has carried out 147 video video video games, the Yankees have carried out 148, and the Red Sox 149.

Toronto fell to 13-3 in September.

Guerrero hit a solo homer in the third that in the reduction of the deficit to 6-3. He was tied with Kansas City’s Salvador Perez for the homer lead going into the sport.

Guerrero matched Joe DiMaggio (1937) for the second-most house runs in a season by a participant aged 22 or youthful. Eddie Mathews hit 47 in 1953.

Twins right-hander Michael Pineda (7-8) pitched 5 2-3 innings to win his third straight begin, permitting three runs and three hits. Pineda is 3-0 with a 2.63 ERA in September after going 0-3 with a 5.88 ERA in August.

“He’s a pitcher through and through,” Twins supervisor Rocco Baldelli acknowledged. “It’s in his blood. He knows how to get through major league lineups, period.”

Jorge Alcala labored 1 1-3 innings, Tyler Duffey struck out the aspect in the eighth and Alex Colomé completed in the ninth as Minnesota acquired for the second time in six video video video games.

After giving up seven runs in 2 1-3 innings in opposition to lowly Baltimore in his earlier outing, Blue Jays left-hander Hyun Jin Ryu (13-9) couldn’t make it earlier the third as quickly as further, leaving after permitting 4 straight hits.

The remaining of these hits have been the homers by Polanco, his thirty first, and Donaldson, his twenty third. Ryu is 2-4 with an 8.10 ERA in his earlier eight begins. It was the shortest begin of his Toronto profession.

“When it comes to Ryu, it’s all about his command,” Blue Jays supervisor Charlie Montoyo acknowledged. “When he’s really good, he commands all his pitches. Right now, he’s having a struggle with his command, so he’s leaving a lot of pitches over the heart of the plate.”

Ross Stripling relieved and gave up Sanó’s homer on his fourth pitch. The homer was Sanó’s twenty ninth.

Reinstated from the paternity itemizing prior to the sport, Minnesota’s Brent Rooker hit an RBI double off Ryu in the second and homered off Julian Merryweather in the sixth.

“Our offense came out banging,” Baldelli acknowledged

Twins shortstop Andrelton Simmons didn’t journey to Canada with the workforce as a consequence of a visa matter and was positioned on the restricted itemizing. Manager Rocco Baldelli acknowledged Simmons is in the midst of setting up use of for everlasting residency in the United States, which means he’s unable to cross the border. He’ll rejoin the workforce in Chicago subsequent week for a set in opposition to the Cubs.

Polanco began at shortstop and made two throwing errors in the second, ensuing in a pair of unearned runs, but redeemed himself collectively collectively along with his two-run homer in the third.


Minnesota hit three straight homers for the tenth time in franchise historic earlier. They remaining did it April 26, 2019, in opposition to Baltimore when Nelson Cruz, Eddie Rosario and C.J. Cron went deep.


Donaldson acquired a standing ovation prior to his first-inning at bat. He tipped his batting helmet to the gang and acknowledged applause from the Toronto dugout.

“I can’t lie,” Donaldson acknowledged. “It’s nice to get back here and play in front of these fans and in this stadium where I have so many good memories.”

Donaldson acquired the AL MVP award with the Blue Jays in 2015 and helped Toronto attain the ALCS that season and the next yr. Traded to Cleveland in 2018, he returned to Rogers Centre with Atlanta in 2019.


The Twins have acquired 9 of their earlier 12 conferences with the Blue Jays, together with eight straight in Toronto.


Blue Jays: RHP José Berríos will begin Sunday’s assortment finale in opposition to his former workforce, Montoyo acknowledged. Berríos pitched by way of soreness in his left aspect for quite a few innings Tuesday in opposition to the Rays, but reported no lingering outcomes. … RHP Alek Manoah will get six days of leisure prior to his subsequent begin, Tuesday at Tampa Bay. The rookie has pitched 93 innings this yr. His single-season excessive at any stage is 108 1-3 innings as a school junior at West Virginia.

Twins: Baldelli acknowledged RHP Joe Ryan merely will not be anticipated to go on the injured itemizing after being struck on the wrist by a batted ball Tuesday. Baldelli acknowledged Ryan could get an extra day of leisure prior to his subsequent begin. … C Mitch Garver (decrease as soon as extra tightness) went 0 for two with a stroll in a five-inning rehab look with Triple-A St. Paul.


The Twins chosen RHP Nick Vincent from Triple-A and optioned LHP Andrew Albers to their top farm workforce.


Blue Jays LHP Steven Matz (12-7, 3.87) begins Saturday afternoon in opposition to Twins RHP Bailey Ober (2-2, 4.12). Matz is 3-0 with a 2.65 ERA in his earlier six begins.