MINNEAPOLIS — Teoscar Hernandez hit the go-ahead three-run homer in the eighth inning, giving the Toronto Blue Jays a badly needed offensive boost with three hits in a 5-3 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Monday.

After Hernandez saved starter Matt Shoemaker from his first loss with his new team, Joe Biagini pitched a perfect ninth for his first save. The Blue Jays, who won for only the fourth time in their last 14 games and entered the evening in the bottom five in almost every batting category in the American League, had a season-high 11 hits.

Jorge Polanco had three hits and raised his batting average to .420 for the Twins, who took a 3-1 lead in the fourth inning on C.J. Cron’s three-run homer off Shoemaker but fell to 4-2 at home this season.

Hernandez was guilty of a baserunning gaffe in the sixth, after his one-out single with the Blue Jays trailing against Martin Perez. Brandon Drury began jogging to first base after drawing what he believed was a walk, but it was only ball three. After Hernandez left for second, apparently prompted by Drury’s advancement, Perez alertly threw to first baseman C.J. Cron to complete the unconventional caught stealing before Hernandez could retreat.

The 26-year-old left fielder, who had a breakout 2018 season with 22 home runs in his first crack at being an everyday player in the major leagues, made up for the mistake in his next at-bat.

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Source:: Sportsnet.ca


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