TORONTO (AP) -The
would have been a lot happier if this marathon road trip had ended one city sooner.
threw a four-hit shutout and the
Toronto Blue Jays
completed a three-game sweep with a 9-0 victory over the Twins on Thursday night.
Minnesota wrapped up a season-long 14-game road trip at 5-9 and fell 1 1/2 games behind the idle
Chicago White Sox
in the AL Central. The Twins have lost nine of 12.
''We've got to get home and see if we can right the ship,'' manager
Minnesota started its trip on the West Coast with four against the Angels, three in Seattle and four at Oakland. A day off
in Toronto before facing the
only made the journey feel even longer.
''We were here for four days but it feels like we were here for a week,'' outfielder
said. ''The days did seem longer. I woke up in the morning and it seemed like time just kept going. It seemed like it took
''In my 10 years in the big leagues, that's the longest I've ever been on the road,'' Redmond said. ''Being here, it started
to drag. It really got to be long the last three days, especially the way the games went.''
After suffering three walk-off losses on the trip, the Twins were blown out in the finale, suffering their sixth sweep of
''We're reeling a little bit,'' Redmond said. ''It was a little bit frustrating out there, even for me. That happens when
you want to win and you want something so bad. We couldn't seem to get a break. We couldn't seem to get a ball to go up the
middle. It seems like everybody is making diving play after diving play out there. That gets old.''
Litsch (10-8) walked two and struck out three and is 2-1 with a 0.94 ERA in four starts since being recalled from Triple-A
on Aug. 14.
Redmond said Litsch kept the Twins off balance with an array of cutters and sliders.
''He's all over the zone,'' Redmond said. ''He throws strikes but everything is moving.''
hit his first career home run and went 3-for-4 with two RBIs to help Toronto beat Minnesota for the ninth straight meeting.
He also walked and scored twice while
each drove in a pair as Toronto broke it open with a five-run eighth inning.
also homered for Toronto, which has won five straight.
Snider, 20, had his first career multi hit game in Wednesday's 11-inning win, going 3-for-5 with three singles. He needed
only three at-bats to match that total Thursday, singling in the second, homering to begin the fifth and driving in a run
with an RBI single in the sixth. He walked and scored in the eighth.
''Man, he's something,'' manager
said. ''He's very calm, he doesn't get excited. He handles himself up there well.''
Toronto's first-round draft pick in 2006, Snider began the season with Class-A Dunedin, spending just 17 games there before
being promoted to Double-A. He reached Triple-A in early August and was called up to Toronto on Aug. 28 when
was traded to Philadelphia.
Snider, who said he had to keep himself from sprinting round the bases on his homer, also made an impression on Twins right-hander
''He certainly learns pretty quickly,'' Slowey said. ''You're not going to get him out the same way twice.''
Slowey (11-9) didn't get the chance to retire Snider even once, allowing three runs in 5 2-3 innings and losing for the first
time in six starts. He walked none and struck out three.
Toronto opened the scoring in the first when Inglett was hit by a pitch, went to third on singles by
and Rios and scored on Wells' sacrifice fly.
The Twins put runners at first and third with two outs in the third, but Litsch got
on a comebacker to the mound.
Wells hit a two-out, solo homer in the seventh, his 16th.
Fans chanted ''Replay'' when a
drive hooked in front of the left field foul screen in the sixth. Barajas flied out to deep right on the next pitch.