MINNEAPOLIS -- The Toronto Blue Jays needed just one inning to take care of the Minnesota Twins on Friday night at Target Field. A five-hit, five-run third led to a 6-5 victory in the opener of the three-game series.
Blue Jays knuckleballer R.A. Dickey, a former Twin, kept Minnesota hitters off balance for much of the game. He threw 101 pitches in 6 1/3 innings and picked up his 12th win, allowing three runs, seven hits and one walk with four strikeouts.
Twins starter Mike Pelfrey actually pitched better than his line indicated. He threw 102 pitches in six innings, giving up six hits and two walks with seven strikeouts. But in the third, he gave up five hits alone, resulting in five earned runs.
The Twins managed to mount a comeback. In the seventh, Dickey gave up a leadoff double to Oswaldo Arcia followed by a home run to Chris Colabello.
In the eighth, Brian Dozier singled to right and reached third on a misplay by Moises Sierra. Dozier then scored on Trevor Plouffe's single to pull the Twins to 6-4.
In the ninth, Minnesota's Josmil Pinto hit his first career home run to make it 6-5. But the game ended with a strikeout-caught stealing double play.
Casey Janssen picked up his 28th save for the Blue Jays.
Toronto took a 1-0 in the first inning. Jose Reyes hit the first pitch of the game to short and was able to reach on an error. He advanced to second on a wild pitch and to third on a groundout before scoring on Edwin Encarnacion's sacrifice fly to left.
The Twins came back in the second to tie the score on a double by Plouffe and singles by Arcia and Colabello.
The Jays regained the lead in the third with three straight hits. Anthony Gose doubled and scored on Reyes' single to left. Toronto boosted its lead when Pelfrey walked Encarnacion before Brett Lawrie knocked in two runs with a single to center. Sierra drove in two more with a double for a 6-1 lead.
NOTES: Through four games in September, the Twins are hitting .320, the third-best average in baseball. ... The Blue Jays had won five of their last seven games and seven of their last 10 after a season-high seven-game losing streak. ... Toronto had won five of the last six games against Minnesota and 17 of the last 22 games between the teams (since 2012). ... Since being acquired for Justin Morneau on Aug. 31, Alex Presley is 7-for-18 (.389) with a double, homer and five RBI in four games for the Twins.