Eric Hinske homered as part of a six-run first inning, and Toronto completed a three-game sweep of Boston with an 8-1 win Thursday night.
Russ Adams had a career-high four RBIs for the Blue Jays, who swept the Red Sox in a three-game series for the first time since May 30-June 1, 2003. Toronto has won six of eight against Boston this season.
“Everybody is happy we swept the Red Sox,” Toronto’s Eric Hinske said. “It’s fun to come to the field when you are winning.”
The Blue Jays, who have won the season series with the Twins just twice in the last six years, are now six games better than they were at this point last season (20-27).
Minnesota is coming off a split of its four-game series with AL Central rival Cleveland—including three-straight extra-inning contests. The Twins won the finale, 5-4 on Thursday as Shannon Stewart homered with two outs in the 11th inning.
“Three straight extra-inning games?” said Twins center fielder Torii Hunter. “I’ve never had that before, not even in the minor leagues. It’s amazing. Everyone got their money’s worth—fans, players and owners.”
The Twins hadn’t played three consecutive extra-inning games since 1977.
“Pretty crazy, pretty nuts,” Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. “In the dugout, you’re scratching your head trying to figure out how to get through the game. It was mentally and physically draining. We’re happy to get the split and happy to get out of town.”
Minnesota’s bullpen, which came in with a 2.59 ERA, shut out Cleveland over the final five innings on four hits.