Don­ald­son’s 1st 3-HR game lifts Jays

Baltimore Sun - - BASEBALL -

TORONTO — Josh Don­ald­son had his first ca­reer three-homer game, Troy Tu­low­itzki also went deep and the Blue Jays beat the Twins 9-6 on Sun­day to com­plete a three-game sweep.

“It’s one of those things, as a base­ball player, you want to hap­pen one day,” Don­ald­son said. “You don’t know if it’s ever go­ing to hap­pen. It’s kind of a rare thing. I was happy to do it.”

Dozens of fans tossed hats onto the field to cel­e­brate the home run hat trick af­ter the reign­ing Amer­i­can League MVP hit a solo shot off Alex Wim­mers in the eighth. Don­ald­son also home­red off Kyle Gibson in the sec­ond and de­liv­ered a go-ahead two-run shot off Pat Light in the sev­enth.

“I’ve never had a cur­tain call be­fore, so that was nice,” Don­ald­son said. “I tried to en­joy it for a sec­ond.”

Don­ald­son’s fourth mul­ti­ple­homer game this sea­son and 10th of his ca­reer was the 17th three­homer game in the majors this sea­son.

“It doesn’t get any bet­ter than that,” man­ager John Gib­bons said. “He’s heat­ing up.”

Jose Bautista had his first three-hit game of the sea­son for the AL East-lead­ing Blue Jays, who have the sec­ond-best record in the league be­hind the Rangers.

The Twins, who lost their sea­son-worst 10th in a row, have al­lowed eight or more runs in a fran­chise- high six straight games.

Twins out­field­ers Rob­bie Grossman and Danny San­tana col­lided while chas­ing a high fly by Bautista in the first. The ball dropped in for a dou­ble.

San­tana fin­ished the in­ning but was re­placed by Eddie Rosario in the sec­ond. Man­ager Paul Moli­tor said San­tana would be placed on the dis­abled list with a sprained left shoul­der.

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