MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -
couldn't help but slowly jog toward first base, watching where his second hit of the night was going.
Snider hit two home runs, including a go-ahead two-run shot in the eighth inning, and the
Toronto Blue Jays
rallied to beat the
8-6 Monday night.
''There's a certain level for the game that you try to have, but sometimes in those situations you kind of want to stand there
and watch it,'' he said. ''You just try and do what you can to put the bat down and run around the bases the right way. It's
one of those where it's hard not to watch sometimes.''
added a two-run home run for Toronto, which has beaten Minnesota 10 straight times since June 28, 2007.
each had three hits in a 19-hit attack for Toronto.
led off the eighth inning with a double to right-center off
(1-1). One pitch after a visit from pitching coach
, Ayala left a pitch over the plate and Snider hit it into the upper deck in right field for his first career multihomer game.
Trailing 6-3 after five innings, Overbay hit a 2-run home run in the sixth, and Rolen had an RBI single in the seventh to
tie the game.
had hoped to give his beleaguered bullpen a rest.
' relievers combined to allow 10 earned runs in 10 1-3 innings during the weekend's three-game series in Cleveland.
allowed two runs in five innings after starter
left with stiffness in his right elbow. With a runner on third and nobody out, Downs struck out
to end the eighth inning.
B.J. Ryan allowed two hits in pitching a scoreless ninth for his first save.
It was the best statistical outing for Ryan, who had 32 saves last year, but blew a save last Tuesday and allowed three earned
runs in two-thirds of an inning Saturday, leading Gaston at least think about other potential closers.
''You just continue to work hard and put you in a place to succeed and good things will happen,'' Ryan said.
After scoring a combined one run on 11 hits in two straight losses in Chicago, Minnesota had 11 hits, including an RBI triple
. Eight of nine starters had at least one hit.
''That game wasn't about our offense. We hit the ball pretty good. That game was about pitching. When we score six we normally
have a good chance to win,'' said Minnesota manager
struggled for the second straight start, allowing five runs and a career-high 13 hits in 5 1-3 innings. He allowed five runs
on nine hits - including two home runs - in six innings of a win over Seattle on Wednesday. He had a 2.13 in 25 spring innings.
''I'm sure I'll go back these next couple of days and go back to look at what I was doing then. But there's nothing that I
can think of now where I can say I was doing this in spring and I'm not doing it now,'' he said.
Slowey allowed five hits in the first two innings, but he was helped by a pair of double plays. The latter came when
fielded a grounder, stepped on first and threw across the diamond to beat a diving
back to third base.
But Litsch gave up five hits, including a home run to
and a two-run single to Punto, in the bottom of the inning.
Before leaving, Litsch allowed seven hits and four runs in three innings. He allowed five runs and seven hits - including
a career-high three homer - in six innings of a loss to Detroit last Wednesday. Gaston said an MRI would be performed Tuesday,
adding Litsch was ''a little sore'' in his last start.
Overbay had an RBI single in the fourth and a two-run home run in the sixth off Slowey. Snider hit a solo home run in the
''From an offensive standpoint we're swinging the bat really well right now,'' Snider said. ''Eight games into it you don't
want to get too excited, but it's a good sign for us.''
Notes: Buscher got his first start of the year at third base for Minnesota. Crede, whose acquisition sent Buscher to the bench,
started the first seven games. ... Toronto, which walked 10 batters in Sunday's loss at Cleveland, allowed two free passes.
... The game was the first of Minnesota's Market Monday promotion where the price of Home Run Porch seats - usually $21 -
is based on the close of the Dow Jones Industrial Average the previous Friday. Priced at $8 this week, the area was approximately
40 percent full.