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Blue Jays 11, Twins 5

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TORONTO -- Colby Rasmus, Jose Reyes and Rajai Davis hit home runs and right-hander Todd Redmond pitched five innings as the Toronto Blue Jays defeated the Minnesota Twins 11-5 on Sunday.

Rasmus and Davis each drove in three runs for the Blue Jays, who outhit the Twins 13-5 in winning the rubber match of the three-game series played before a crowd of 43,795 at Rogers Centre.

Redmond (1-1) allowed two runs, three walks and one hit -- a two-run homer in the fifth inning by Aaron Hicks -- in his fourth game and first start of the season for Toronto.

The Twins also had a two-run homer in the eighth by Trevor Plouffe, his ninth home run of the season, against left-hander Brett Cecil, who is going to the All-Star Game.

Redmond was pitching on three days' rest after working three innings in relief on Thursday against Detroit upon his promotion from Triple-A Buffalo.

Twins left-hander Scott Diamond (5-8), who is from nearby Guelph, Ontario, allowed six runs and eight hits, including three home runs, in 4 2/3 innings.

Rasmus put the Blue Jays ahead 2-0 in the fourth when his 16th homer of the season followed a double by Davis.

The Twins tied it in the fifth when Hicks hit his seventh homer of the season after Clete Thomas walked.

Reyes put Toronto back into the lead when he started the four-run bottom of the fifth with his fourth homer of the season. Davis extended the lead to 6-2 with his second homer of the season into the second level. It followed a walk to Edwin Encarnacion and a single by Mark DeRosa.

Diamond walked Rasmus before being replaced by Anthony Swarzak.

The Twins scored a run in the sixth against left-hander Aaron Loup. Ryan Doumit doubled with one out, Justin Morneau was hit by a pitch and Plouffe beat out an infield hit. The run scored when Chris Parmelee forced Plouffe at second on a grounder to first. Parmelee was called safe on the return throw to first, although replays indicated that he was out.

The Blue Jays got the run back in the bottom of the inning. Jose Bautista and Encarnacion walked. Bautista was picked off second, but the rundown allowed Encarnacion to move to second. Adam Lind doubled and Josh Roenicke replaced Swarzak.

The Blue Jays added four runs in the seventh against Roenicke and left-hander Brian Duensing. Rasmus doubled in one run, Maicer Izturis singled in a run and Encarnacion tripled in two runs.

NOTES: Twins OF Oswaldo Arcia (knee) did not start Sunday because of a sore left knee. He also had a bruised right hand after being hit by a pitch on Saturday. ... Blue Jays 3B Brett Lawrie (left ankle sprain) was 2-for-4 Saturday for Double-A New Hampshire in the next phase of his rehabilitation assignment. ... The Blue Jays have Monday off before visiting Cleveland to play three games against the Indians. RHP Josh Johnson (1-3, 4.89 ERA) will face RHP Ubaldo Jimenez (6-4, 4.67 ERA) in Tuesday's opener. ... The Twins open a four-game series on Monday against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field with RHP Samuel Deduno (4-3, 3.47 ERA) facing RHP Roberto Hernandez (4-10, 4.95 ERA).