Estrada, Donaldson lead Blue Jays over Twins
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.