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Donaldson’s 3 homers lead Blue Jays to series sweep

Josh Donaldson briefly turned Rogers Centre into a hockey rink on Sunday.

With the Blue Jays wearing their red uniforms on Canada Baseball Day at Rogers Centre, the Toronto third baseman hit three home runs for a hat trick in a 9-6 victory over the Minnesota Twins. Fans threw hats on the field after Donaldson’s third homer in the eighth inning for the Jays, who completed the three-game sweep.

“It’s one of those things, as a baseball player, you want to happen one day,” said Donaldson of hitting three homers in a single game. “You don’t know it it’s ever going to happen, it’s kind of a rare thing [and] I was happy to do it.”

?Donaldson’s two-run homer (74-56) in the seventh gave Toronto a 6-5 lead and helped extend the Twins’ (49-81) losing streak to 10 games.

“You can start to see it at the beginning of this home stand, he was just missing some pitches, he just skied a couple breaking balls,” said Toronto manager John Gibbons. “He’s capable of that, we have a few guys who are capable of doing something like that, it’s a rare feat.”

The 30-year-old Donaldson followed that by completing the trifecta with a solo shot to dead centre in the eighth, his 33rd. The third baseman’s first career three home run game helped Toronto rally from a 5-2 deficit after coming back from a 5-0 deficit Saturday

The sell-out crowd of 47,444 largely draped in red and white colours, demanded a curtain call from him.

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

Jays starter R.A. Dickey gave up five runs, three earned, over six innings, scattering six hits and three walks.

Minnesota starter Kyle Gibson threw 5 1/3 innings allowing four runs and eight hits.

Jays rally to complete sweep

Bautista led off the first with a double as Twins’ outfielders Robbie Grossman and Danny Santana collided, allowing it to drop in. Edwin Encarnacion later drove in Bautista with a sacrifice fly giving Toronto a 1-0 lead. Santana left the game with a left shoulder sprain as a result of the collision and was replaced by Eddie Rosario in centre field.

In the third, Rosario came around to score on a fielder’s choice RBI by Max Kepler. Rosario hit a hard single into right field and reached second on Donaldson’s throwing error.

Donaldson made up for his ninth error of the season almost immediately, smoking a Gibson offering into the second deck in left in the bottom half. The third baseman’s 31st homer of the year gave the Jays a 2-1 lead.

Dickey ran into trouble in the fifth giving up a one-out single to Rosario, followed by walking Dozier and Joe Mauer to load up the bases for Kepler once again. The 23-year-old rookie tied up the game for the second time on a fielder’s choice RBI. With two outs, Trevor Plouffe and Miguel Sano delivered clutch RBI singles as Minnesota stretched their lead to 5-2.

Tulowitzki responded by leading off the sixth with his 22nd homer of the season, a no-doubter over the centre field wall. Pillar followed with a double and came around to score on a Devon Travis’ RBI single, making it 5-4.

Joe Mauer hit an RBI single in the ninth off Roberto Osuna to make it 9-6.

Light (0-1) took the loss while Scott Feldman (7-4) pitched 2/3 of an inning in relief for the win.

CBC | Sports News

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