Marcus Semien grew to develop into the fifth second baseman to hit 40 residence runs in a season, and the Toronto Blue Jays moved back into a playoff place by beating the Minnesota Twins 6-2 Saturday.

Teoscar Hernández hit a three-run homer, and Bo Bichette had three hits and two RBIs on account of the Blue Jays rebounded from a 7-3 loss and improved to an infinite league-best 14-3 in September.

Toronto (83-65) moved a half-game forward of the New York Yankees (83-66) for the second AL wild-card berth, one recreation behind Boston (85-65). The Blue Jays haven’t misplaced back-to-back video video video games since defeats to the White Sox on Aug. 26 and Detroit the next day.

“It’s the confidence we have right now,” Hernández talked about. “We trust in each other.”

Steven Matz (13-7) gained his fourth straight choice, permitting two runs and three hits in 5 2/3 innings.

“Today I had the curveball going, so I just used it a lot,” Matz talked about. “They weren’t doing any damage on it.”

Matz is 4-0 with a 2.72 ERA in his earlier seven begins.

“He’s been one of our best starters,” Blue Jays supervisor Charlie Montoyo talked about. “That’s saying a lot, because the other guys are doing really well, too.”

Toronto had misplaced its eight earlier residence video video video games within the route of the Twins since Aug. 26, 2017.

Bailey Ober (2-3) retired his first eight batters and 9 of 10 ahead of Semien’s leadoff homer all through the fourth. Semien joined ​​Rogers Hornsby, Davey Johnson, Ryne Sandberg, and Brian Dozier as a result of the one second basemen to hit 40 residence runs in a season.

Montoyo talked about he requested to place the blue blazer the Blue Jays use to have pleasing residence runs on Semien’s shoulders when the All-Star infielder returned to the dugout after his milestone drive.

“I told him ‘Congratulations,’ because to be a second baseman and have the season that he’s had already, 40 home runs, that’s not easy to do,” Montoyo talked about. “I’m proud of him, man. He’s been great to us.”

Four of Semien’s homers have will be discovered his 21 appearances at shortstop.

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. adopted with a stroll, Bichette singled and Hernández hit his twenty eighth homer, a drive into the left-field bullpen.

Despite lacking three weeks in April on account of COVID-19, Hernández leads the Blue Jays with 106 RBIs.

“That tells you everything about Teoscar,” Montoyo talked about.

Ober allowed 4 runs and 4 hits in 4 innings, snapping a 10-start streak whereby he allowed not more than three earned runs per outing.

Minnesota’s Josh Donaldson homered within the route of his former workforce for the second straight recreation, hitting a two-run shot off Matz all through the primary. Donaldson’s homer was his twenty fourth.

Trevor Richards retired Brent Rooker to strand runners on the corners all through the sixth. Tim Mayza labored 1 1/3 innings, Adam Cimber obtained two outs all through the eighth and Jordan Romano achieved.

ROSTER MOVES

Blue Jays: Toronto positioned RHP Joakim Soria on the household medical emergency itemizing and recalled RHP Anthony Castro from Triple-A Buffalo.

Twins: Minnesota positioned OF Rob Refsnyder (right elbow) on the 10-day injured itemizing and chosen INF Drew Maggi from Triple-A St. Paul. To make room on the 40-man roster, the Twins transferred LHP Taylor Rogers to the 60-day IL.

FINALLY!

After 11 seasons and 1,044 minor league video video video games, the 32-year-old Maggi reached the massive leagues for the primary time. He was teammates with Jason Kipnis and Mike Leake at Arizona State,

“It means everything to me,” Maggi talked about. “I thought my career was over 20 times.”

40-40

Semien and Guerrero (46 homers) are the fourth pair of Toronto teammates to hit 40 residence runs in a season. The remaining to do it have been Donaldson and Jose Bautista in 2015.

MULTI-TALENTED

Bichette leads the majors with 52 multi-hit video video video games this season.

UP NEXT

Blue Jays RHP José Berríos (11-8, 3.43) begins within the route of his former workforce for the primary time in Sunday’s assortment finale. Drafted by Minnesota in 2012, Berríos went 55-43 over six seasons with the Twins ahead of being traded to Toronto in June.