Toronto 9, Twins 6 (final)

Kevin Pillar got on base in the inning with a double down the third-base line before Upton came to the plate with the Blue Jays trailing 7-6.

"That's a first", Upton Jr. said of his wild circuit.

Stroman appreciates what Upton has brought to the Blue Jays since he was acquired on July 26 in a trade with the San Diego Padres. Toronto Blue Jays' Jose Bautista gets high-fives in the dugout after scoring against the Minnesota Twins on a sacrifice fly by teammate Edwin Encarnacion in the first inning of a baseball game in Toronto, Sun. "That one was particularly hard". By the time the middle of the sixth came around, the Jays still lead, but by a much tighter 6-5 score. Upton followed with a triple past a diving Max Kepler in shallow right.

Kepler slipped and fell trying to retrieve the ball and accidentally kicked it onto the warning track.

He couldn't hear the roaring Rogers Centre crowd, didn't see the 47,485 fans on their feet, cheering him on as he rounded third.

A disappointed Kepler stared into his locker for several minutes before speaking with reporters.

"I've never had a curtain call before so that was nice". "I take the blame".

"He's an unbelievable player, gives that added element of power and speed", Stroman said.

"We're calling on some people to try and get some big outs and there's not a lot of experience there for us", manager Paul Molitor said. We've seen him steal bases; he's one of those guys that can go first to third just about every time.

The Yankees won 13-5 over the Orioles on Saturday.

"That was a huge play", Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. The defending champion Royals mashed the ball to a line of.325/.392/.485 after the sixth inning in 16 total playoff games a year ago.

PIRATES 9, BREWERS 6: Pinch-hitter Gregory Polanco hit a tiebreaking three-run double as visiting Pittsburgh rallied from four runs down.

Plouffe homered for the second straight game. He hadn't connected since July 1 before his first-inning drive Friday night.

Right-hander Ervin Santana acknowledged that the clubhouse was "a little down" following the defeat. Encarnacion followed with an RBI single off the glove of Plouffe at third.

"Things just snowballed", Molitor said. "You've got a team that's certainly capable of scoring runs in a hurry and got a little momentum". The Twins have lost seven straight in Toronto. Groundskeepers and even the Blue Jays mascot helped clear the hats away. The 25-year-old has now pitched 167 innings in 2016, one out more than his combined innings with Triple-A Buffalo and the Jays in 2014. LHP Aaron Loup was designated for assignment.

He has a reasonable shot to set a new career-best mark, now boasting 33 home runs with 32 games remaining on Toronto's schedule. He has now reached base in 23 of his last 24 starts and ranks second in the American League with 85 walks (Mike Trout had 90 prior to Sunday's games).

ROCKIES 9, NATIONALS 4 (11): Charlie Blackmon hit two home runs, including the go-ahead shot in the 11th inning, and visiting Colorado snapped a four-game losing streak.

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