Andrew Albers pitches brilliantly, but Twins offense falters in loss
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MINNEAPOLIS -- Esmil Rogers pitched well into the eighth inning and Jose Reyes' late double broke a scoreless tie that led the Toronto Blue Jays past the Minnesota Twins 2-0 Sunday for a three-game sweep.
Rogers (5-7) allowed three hits and a walk while striking out four over 7 2/3 innings to win back-to-back starts for the first time since June 13 and 18. Rogers -- who hasn't allowed a run in his last two starts -- outdueled Twins rookie Andrew Albers, who took a no-decision despite a brilliant outing. Albers scattered four hits over seven innings with no walks and a season-high five strikeouts.
But the Blue Jays quickly got to Twins reliever Jared Burton (2-9), who came out to start the eighth for Albers.
Ryan Goins led off with a single and came around to score on Reyes' double two batters later. Reyes then stole third and scored when Brian Dozier couldn't grab Rajai Davis' pop-fly in shallow left to make it 2-0.
Brett Cecil and Sergio Santos combined to close out the eighth and Casey Jannsen pitched the ninth for his 29th save in 31 chances.
Toronto has won 10 of its last 13 games since a season-high seven-game losing streak from Aug. 18-24.
The Twins had a chance to take the lead after Pedro Florimon's lead-off double in the sixth. Alex Presley followed with a single, but the speedy Florimon was held up at third and then thrown out at home on Chris Herrmann's ensuing grounder. Presley advanced to third on Brian Dozier's long fly, but Oswaldo Arcia grounded out to short and end the threat, drawing loud boos from the home crowd.© The Associated Press