- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 10, 2014

TORONTO (AP) - The high-powered offense that helped carry the Blue Jays to the top of the AL East standings has hit one heck of a lull.

Brian Dozier hit a two-run home run, Kevin Correia won for the first time in four starts and the Minnesota Twins beat Toronto 4-0 on Tuesday night, handing the Blue Jays their third shutout defeat in four games.

The Blue Jays had only been blanked once all season before losing back-to-back shutouts to St. Louis on Saturday and Sunday.

“You never see that coming,” manager John Gibbons said. “Naturally, as hot as we were, you figure you’re going to cool off a little bit. We hit some balls on the money tonight right at somebody.”

Toronto hasn’t been shut out three times in four games since 1990, when they suffered three straight shutouts.

Blue Jays left-hander J.A. Happ (5-3) lost for the second time in three starts, allowing four runs, three earned, and six hits in 3 2-3 innings. He walked three and struck out three.

“He was getting ahead but he just couldn’t put anybody away,” Gibbons said. “He had to work way too hard tonight.”

Happ threw 89 pitches but didn’t complete the fourth inning.

“They’re a good hitting team,” Happ said. “They’re patient and they battled a lot. They fouled off a lot of balls.”

Correia (3-7) allowed six hits, walked one and struck out one in six innings. It was his first scoreless outing since Aug. 27, 2013, with seven innings against Kansas City.

Correia came in 1-4 in his past six starts, and 1-3 with a 7.04 ERA in four career starts against Toronto, but settled down after allowing four hits in the first two innings. The right-hander got Melky Cabrera to ground out to end the second, leaving the bases loaded, starting a stretch of 12 consecutive outs.

Correia preserved a 2-0 Twins lead with a no-look, backhanded stop on a bases-loaded grounder by Jose Reyes in the second.

“That was huge,” Correia said. “That would probably have been two runs if I don’t make that play.”

Newly signed slugger Kendrys Morales had two hits and scored a run as the Twins avoided falling a season-worst five games below .500.

For the second straight game, the Twins took a 2-0 lead before making an out. Danny Santana drew a leadoff walk and Dozier followed with his team-leading 14th home run.

“They make a mistake and he jumps on it and it’s been going a long ways for him,” Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said.

Santana and Dozier hit back-to-back homers in the first inning Monday.

The Twins doubled their lead and chased Happ in the fourth. Morales singled, Oswaldo Arcia walked and Eduardo Nunez singled, but Happ struck out Kurt Suzuki and Eduardo Escobar. Santana followed with an infield single to third, and a second run scored on Juan Francisco’s errant throw to first.

Chad Jenkins came on and got Dozier to ground out.

Cabrera and Jose Bautista hit back-to-back singles in the first, but Correia got Edwin Encarnacion to fly out, then got Adam Lind to ground out.

Toronto used two singles and a walk to load the bases with one out in the second, but Correia snared Reyes’ grounder, throwing home for the second out, before retiring Cabrera to keep the Blue Jays scoreless.

Correia left after Dioner Navarro’s leadoff single in the seventh. After Brian Duensing got two outs, Reyes singled to put runners at first and second, but Duensing escaped when Cabrera lined out to third.

Jared Burton pitched the eighth and Glen Perkins finished.

NOTES: Minnesota RH Mike Pelfrey underwent surgery Tuesday to relieve a nerve problem in his surgically repaired elbow and will miss at least two months. Pelfrey, who had ligament replace surgery in 2012, has been on the DL since May 2 with a strained left groin. … Blue Jays RH Sergio Santos (elbow) allowed three runs in one inning in his first rehab appearance at Double-A New Hampshire. … Twins RH Phil Hughes (6-2) faces Blue Jays RH Marcus Stroman (2-0) in Wednesday’s series finale, a 12:37 ET start.

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