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TORONTO -- Mike Pelfrey shut down the Toronto Blue Jays over six scoreless innings and Brian Dozier put the game out of reach with a three-run home run in the seventh inning to power the Minnesota Twins to a 6-0 victory on Saturday at Rogers Centre.

Dozier's three-run homer was his eighth of the season and he finished with a career-high four runs batted in as the Twins broke a six-game losing streak.

Jamey Carroll hit an RBI double and Joe Mauer hit a single that cashed in one as part of a three-run third inning that put the Twins ahead early.

The Twins (37-47) sent seven men to the plate in the third and Blue Jays starter R.A. Dickey needed 32 pitches to escape the inning.

Pelfrey (3-7) won for the first time in nine starts and didn't allow a run for the first time this season. The right-hander, making his first start since coming off the disabled list (back strain), held the Blue Jays (42-45) to three hits while walking three and striking out two.

Dickey (8-9) had a season-high three-game winning streak snapped and was charged with six runs on seven hits over seven innings. It marked the seventh time this season Dickey has surrendered at least six runs in a game. The knuckleballer walked two and struck out three batters.

Toronto has lost four of its last five games at home and nine of 13 overall after winning 11 consecutive games, which matched a franchise record.

Minnesota snapped a six-game losing streak in front of a crowd of 37,034 and won for the second time in its last 10 games at Toronto. The shutout was the Twins' third of the season, and first since June 4 at Kansas City.

Blue Jays third baseman Maicer Izturis matched a season high with three hits. Shortstop Jose Reyes had an eight-game hitting streak snapped by going at 0-for-4.

Caleb Thielbar, Jared Burton and Glen Perkins each threw a scoreless inning of relief for the Twins.

NOTES: Twins left fielder Oswaldo Arica exited the game in the eighth inning with a right hand contusion. He was hit by a pitch in the sixth inning. ... The Blue Jays reinstated right-hander Kyle Drabek from the 60-day disabled list and optioned him to Class A Dunedin. Drabek had been on the disabled list recovering from his second Tommy John surgery. ... The six-game losing streak the Twins carried into Saturday's game was their second longest of the season. ... Twins LHP Scott Diamond will oppose Blue Jays RHP Todd Redmond on Sunday in the series finale.
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