Published May 13, 2011
MINNEAPOLIS – Jose Bautista hit a two-run homer in the 11th inning and the Toronto Blue Jays won their fourth straight game by beating Minnesota 9-3 Saturday.
Bautista's two-run shot off reliever Jim Hoey broke a 3-all tie. Hoey walked the next two batters and J.P. Arencibia followed with a double off Jose Mijares to help send the Twins to their seventh straight loss.
Bautista's homer was his 13th of the season and came after Glen Perkins (0-1) gave up a leadoff to Corey Patterson.
Arencibia also homered and drove in three runs.
Former Twins closer Jon Rauch (2-2) pitched two scoreless innings.
Minnesota starter Nick Blackburn struck out a career-high eight through 7 2-3 innings.
He looked well on his way to his third win before a two-out infield single by Yunel Escobar in the eighth. Patterson followed with a triple that made it 3-all, and Blackburn was done after intentionally walking Bautista.
Minnesota had a chance to win in the ninth after Justin Morneau doubled to center, but Delmon Young struck out for the third time and Michael Cuddyer, who homered earlier, popped out to second to send the game to extra innings.
Arencibia hit his sixth homer of the season, a towering solo shot to left in the second inning to make it 2-2.
Toronto starter Jo Jo Reyes allowed a season-high 10 hits and extended his winless streak to 26 consecutive starts.
Notes: A moment of silence was held for New York Rangers defenseman Derek Boogaard before the game. Boogaard, a popular member of the Minnesota Wild for five seasons, was found dead in his Minneapolis apartment Friday. ... Blue Jays 1B Adam Lind (back) missed his sixth straight game a day after being scratched from the lineup. The team is hopeful Lind can be available Monday. "I don't really have another way to categorize the time frame other than 'not right now,'" manager John Farrell said. ... Twins slugger Jim Thome continues to make progress in his recovery from a left oblique strain. Manager Ron Gardenhire said Thome — currently on a rehab assignment at the team's minor league facilities in Fort Myers, Fla. — could potentially rejoin the Twins during their interleague series at Arizona next weekend. ... Asked about the wrap on his foot before the game, Gardenhire said: "My Achilles' is a little sore, too many trips to the mound."