- The Washington Times - Monday, April 13, 2009

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Travis Snider hit two home runs, including a go-ahead two-run shot in the eighth inning, and the Toronto Blue Jays rallied to beat the Minnesota Twins 8-6 Monday night.

Lyle Overbay added a two-run home run for Toronto, which has beaten Minnesota 10 straight times since June 28, 2007. Adam Lind, Alex Rios and Scott Rolen each had three hits in a 19-hit attack for Toronto.

Rod Barajas led off the eighth inning with a double to right-center off Luis Ayala (1-1). One pitch after a visit from pitching coach Rick Anderson, Ayala left a pitch over the plate and Snider hit it into the upper deck in right field for his first career multihomer game.

Trailing 6-3 after five innings, Overbay hit a 2-run home run in the sixth, and Rolen had an RBI single in the seventh to tie the game.

Toronto manager Cito Gaston had hoped to give his beleaguered bullpen a rest. Blue Jays’ relievers combined to allow 10 earned runs in 10 1-3 innings during the weekend’s three-game series in Cleveland.

Instead, Brian Tallet, Jason Frasor (1-0) and Scott Downs allowed two runs in five innings after starter Jesse Litsch left with right forearm tightness. With a runner on third and nobody out, Downs struck out Delmon Young, Joe Crede and Nick Punto to end the eighth inning.

B.J. Ryan pitched a scoreless ninth for his first save.

After scoring a combined one run on 11 hits in two straight losses in Chicago, Minnesota had 11 hits, including an RBI triple by Brian Buscher. Eight of nine starters had at least one hit.

Twins starter Kevin Slowey struggled for the second straight start, allowing five runs and a career-high 13 hits in 5 1-3 innings. He allowed five runs on nine hits _ including two home runs _ in six innings of a win over Seattle on Wednesday.

Slowey allowed five hits in the first two innings, but he was helped by a pair of double plays. The latter came when Justin Morneau fielded a grounder, stepped on first and threw across the diamond to beat a diving Lind back to third base.

But Litsch gave up five hits, including a home run to Jason Kubel and a two-run single to Punto, in the bottom of the inning.

Before leaving with right forearm tightness, Litsch allowed seven hits and four runs in three innings. He allowed five runs and seven hits _ including a career-high three homer _ in six innings of a loss to Detroit last Wednesday.

Overbay had an RBI single in the fourth and a two-run home run in the sixth off Slowey. Snider hit a solo home run in the fifth inning.

Notes:@ Lind entered the night tied for second in the American League with 12 hits. … Buscher got his first start of the year at third base for Minnesota. Crede, whose acquisition sent Buscher to the bench, started the first seven games. … Toronto, which walked 10 batters in Sunday’s loss at Cleveland, allowed two free passes. … The game was the first of Minnesota’s Market Monday promotion where the price of $21 Home Run Porch seats is based on the close of the Dow Jones Industrial Average the previous Friday. Priced at $8 this week, the area was approximately 40 percent full.

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