Estrada, Don­ald­son lead Blue Jays over Twins

Lethbridge Herald - - HEADLINE SPORTS | WEATHER -

Marco Estrada is get­ting hot just as his con­tract with the Toronto Blue Jays is near­ing an end.

Not that he’s talk­ing free agency just yet. Satur­day night was all about play­ing spoiler to the con­tend­ing Min­nesota Twins.

Estrada worked eight ef­fi­cient in­nings, Josh Don­ald­son home­red twice among his four hits and the Blue Jays beat the Twins 7-2.

Min­nesota’s loss clinched the AL Cen­tral for the Cleve­land In­di­ans and gave teams a chance to gain on the Twins for the fi­nal AL wild card. Min­nesota en­tered the day two games ahead of the Los An­ge­les An­gels.

“We can still stop other teams from go­ing, I guess,” Estrada said.

A free agent at the end of this sea­son, Estrada (98) con­tin­ues to re­bound from a tough nine-game stretch ear­lier this year where he went 0-5 with a 9.52 ERA. Since then, he’s 5-1 and ex­tended his string of al­low­ing three earned runs or fewer to nine of his last 11 out­ings.

“I’d like to fin­ish strong, open up some eyes maybe and hope­fully get the chance to come back here,” Estrada said. “You want to keep win­ning. It’s a lit­tle late now, but we’re still out there bust­ing our butts.”

He sure looked like a play­off pitcher Satur­day, al­low­ing two homers but not much else. Aside from solo shots by Ed­die Rosario and Ed­uardo Es­co­bar, the Twins didn’t get a run­ner in scor­ing po­si­tion un­til Joe Mauer’s lead­off dou­ble in the ninth, when the game was al­ready well out of reach.

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