TORONTO (AP) -Knocked out of first place by defensive miscues and missed opportunities at the plate, the
aren't cursing their luck, just hoping it changes in a hurry.
singled home the go-ahead run in the 11th inning and the
Toronto Blue Jays
beat Minnesota 5-4 on Wednesday night, posting their eighth straight victory over the Twins.
Minnesota lost for the eighth time in 11 games and dropped to 5-8 with one game remaining on its 14-game road trip. The Twins
fell one game behind the
Chicago White Sox
in the AL Central. Chicago beat Cleveland 4-2.
''This will turn around,'' Twins closer
said. ''We're not aren't as bad as it has gone. As bad as our luck has gone, we're hoping it's going to turn and do just as
good on the other end.''
Minnesota stranded 13 runners and matched a season high with three errors, including two that led to Toronto runs.
''We missed too many plays, bobbled too many balls and kept giving them opportunities,'' manager
Even as the pressure mounts, the Twins remain upbeat. The clubhouse stereo blasted Bob Marley after the game as backup catcher
threw a consoling arm around
, whose ninth-inning error allowed Toronto to tie it.
Gardenhire said his young team isn't worried about the recent slide.
''We're a game out of first place, we're in September and I think a lot of teams would like to be where we're at,'' Gardenhire
said. ''A lot of people think the world is ending but it's not for this clubhouse. We'll be back and ready to play tomorrow.''
(6-1) worked one perfect inning to win for the second time in two days.
had a career-high three hits as the
won their fourth straight.
''We're going to take a good look at this kid and hope that he continues to play like that,'' manager
said. ''He had a great night.''
(3-4) to begin the 11th and went to third when Snider dropped a single in front of
came on to face McDonald, who lofted a single to center over the drawn-in outfield.
It was back and forth in the late innings as Minnesota took a 4-3 lead with a two-out rally in the ninth against Toronto closer
B.J. Ryan. Justin Mourneau doubled and
walked before both runners moved up on a wild pitch.
followed with a slow grounder up the middle, sliding safely into first ahead of the throw from second baseman
Facing Nathan, the
tied it in the bottom half.
led off with a walk and was replaced by pinch-runner
. Two outs later, Snider lined a single to right that Pridie mishandled, allowing Thigpen to score and putting Snider at second.
''I'm not going to say it's just because it's my first day,'' said Pridie, who was making his major league debut. ''I know
I'm a better defender than that.''
The Twins put a runner at third in the 10th against
grounded out, with Rolen making a backhanded stop and throwing to first from his knees.
Nathan worked out of a jam in the 10th as Toronto put the winning run at third with one out, but came up empty.
tripled off the left field wall and
were intentionally walked to load the bases, but Thigpen struck out and
gave Toronto a 2-0 lead with a two-run homer in the third, but the Twins went ahead on
's three-run double in the seventh.
Toronto tied it at 3-all in the bottom half with an unearned run off Twins starter
scored from second when shortstop
couldn't handle Rolen's grounder.
starter A.J. Burnett allowed three runs and six hits in 6 2-3 innings. The right-hander walked four and struck out eight to
give him 201 this season, the second time in his career he has topped 200. He struck out a career-high 203 in 2002.
Blackburn gave up three runs in 6 2-3 innings and has not won in five starts. He walked none and struck out six.
Notes: Twins OF
(ankle) was held out of the starting lineup. He had a pinch-hit double in the seventh. ... Nathan's blown save was his sixth
of the season. ... Toronto passed the 75 million mark in total franchise attendance (1977 to 2008) with a crowd of 21,475.