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Associated Press, Published July 07 2013

Redmond earns 1st MLB win, Blue Jays beat Twins

TORONTO – Called on to make a spot start for the Toronto Blue Jays, Todd Redmond pitched well enough to earn another outing, and then some.

Redmond threw one-hit ball over five innings for his first major league win and the Blue Jays hit three home runs Sunday to beat the slumping Minnesota Twins 11-5.

“He couldn’t have done a better job,” Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said.

Rajai Davis hit a three-run homer and Jose Reyes and Colby Rasmus also connected for the Blue Jays, who won for the 10th time in 13 meetings with Minnesota.

“We broke loose today,” Gibbons said.

Redmond (1-1) allowed two runs, with three walks and four strikeouts, an effort Davis called “phenomenal.”

“He did a great job to help us win,” Davis said.

Redmond called it “a dream come true.”

“I couldn’t be happier,” he said. “I have to give all the credit to all of the hitters today.”

It was Redmond’s first start of the season for Toronto and just the second of his career. The right-hander was called up from Triple-A Buffalo last week after the Blue Jays designated Chien-Ming Wang for assignment.

“He knows the situation,” Gibbons said. “He’s here filling in and has an opportunity to start.”

It was just the second time in six games that a Blue Jays starter has allowed two runs or fewer.

Twins catcher Joe Mauer said Redmond kept the Twins off-balance with deceptive velocity.

“He has a ball that kind of got on you a little bit,” Mauer said. “The ball was jumping out of his hand. It was a tough day for us offensively.”

The Blue Jays took two out of three and have not lost a series against Minnesota since May 2007. Toronto has won nine straight home series over the Twins dating to May 2005.

Aaron Hicks and Trevor Plouffe homered for the Twins, who have lost seven of eight and 12 of 16 to fall a season-worst 11 games below .500.

Davis got two hits and scored three times. Rasmus also singled and doubled, drove in three runs and scored twice.

“They were whacking it pretty good,” Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. “They beat the ball around pretty good on us today.”

Hicks had the only hit off Redmond, a two-run homer in the fifth.

All three Blue Jays homers came off Scott Diamond, who lost for the fourth time in six starts. Diamond (5-8) allowed six runs and eight hits in 4 Xc innings and matched a career-high with four walks.

Diamond has allowed eight homers in his past four outings.

“It’s frustrating the way it all worked out again,” Diamond said. “I’m really struggling keeping guys in the park.”

Minnesota Toronto

ab r h bi ab r h bi

Dozier 2b 4 0 0 0 Reyes ss 5 2 1 1

Mauer 1b 5 0 1 0 Bautist rf 3 1 1 0

Doumit c 5 1 1 0 Bonifac lf 0 0 0 0

Mornea dh 1 0 0 0 Encrnc 1b 2 2 1 2

Escr ph-dh 0 1 0 0 Kwsk pr-2b 0 0 0 0

Plouffe 3b 4 1 2 2 Lind dh 5 0 1 1

Parmel rf 4 0 0 1 DRsa 3b-1b 5 1 2 0

Thoms lf 2 1 0 0 RDavis lf-rf 4 3 2 3

Hicks cf 4 1 1 2 ClRsms cf 4 2 3 3

Flormn ss 4 0 0 0 Arencii c 3 0 1 0

Iztrs 2b-3b 4 0 1 1

Totals 33 5 5 5 Totals 35 11 13 11

Minnesota 000 021 020— 5

Toronto 000 241 40x— 11

E—Encarnacion (6), Arencibia (4). DP—Minnesota 1. LOB—Minnesota 7, Toronto 8. 2B—Mauer (26), Doumit (16), Bautista (17), Lind (16), R.Davis (7), Col.Rasmus (15). 3B—Encarnacion (1). HR—Plouffe (9), Hicks (7), Reyes (4), R.Davis (2), Col.Rasmus (16). SB—Dozier (8), R.Davis (22). CS—Bautista (1).

IP H R ER BB SO

Minnesota

Diamond L,5-8 4Xc 8 6 6 4 1

Swarzak 1 2 1 1 2 0

Roenicke Xc 1 2 2 1 0

Duensing Xc 2 2 2 1 0

Fien 1 0 0 0 0 1

Toronto

Redmond W,1-1 5 1 2 2 3 4

Loup 1 2 1 1 0 0

McGowan 1 0 0 0 0 2

Cecil Xc 1 2 2 2 2

Wagner Zc 0 0 0 0 1

Janssen 1 1 0 0 0 0

HBP—by Loup (Morneau).

T—3:12. A—43,795 (49,282).