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Booming bats blast the Twins


Booming bats blast the Twins
The red-hot bats took one game off on Tuesday night, but the lumber-wielding Blue Jays bounced back with a Twin City vengeance last night, pounding four homers off Twins starter Scott Baker on the way to a 12-2 victory.

It was the first win of the season for Canadian starter Scott Richmond.

And it was the third game in the still-young season in which the Jays have scored in double figures.

Richmond worked 61/3 innings, allowing two runs on four hits, with three walks and three strikeouts. The 14th Canadian to appear with the Jays , his only other major-league win came on Sept.25, 2008, against the Baltimore Orioles.

The Jays have now pounded out 17 homers in their first 10 games, scoring 68 runs on 115 hits for a 7-3 record.

That's a far cry from the 2008 season, when the offence struggled near the bottom of the league in all three batting categories.

Baker was making his first start of the season. He had remained back at spring training with stiffness in his right shoulder.

In the eighth, lefty Bill Murphy, called up Tuesday because of the injury to starting pitcher Jesse Litsch, made his Jays debut, recording a 1-2-3 inning.

After the Jays tacked on two runs on a Travis Snider double in the top of the inning, Brandon League came on to mop it up in the ninth against a Twins team that was limited to four hits.

With North Vancouver native Richmond on the hill for the Jays in his second start of the season, the Twins opened the scoring in the first inning.

Alexei Casilla drove a hard ground ball past Aaron Hill for an infield single. Justin Morneau, a Team Canada teammate of Richmond's, drove a double down the line into the right-field corner. It was the third time in the series that Morneau has hit a ball off the outfield fence with men on base and not been able to drive in a run.

Jason Kubel drove in Casilla with a grounder to Lyle Overbay at first base. Then, on a swing and a miss by Michael Cuddyer, catcher Michael Barrett pawed at the air as the ball went between his legs for a passed ball, with Morneau racing home.

The Jays quickly tied it in the second, regaining some of the offensive impetus they had lost on Tuesday. After a walk to Adam Lind, third baseman Scott Rolen smoked a line-drive homer into the third row of the left-field seats.

The Jays continued their long-ball assault on Baker in the third.

With one out, Hill scraped the back side of the left-field wall for a two-run homer, scoring Marco Scutaro. An out later, Vernon Wells smashed his second of the season deep into the seats in left.

In the fourth, Barrett went the other way for his first homer as a Jay , high off the bag in right.

The Jays continued to pile it on in the sixth, loading the bases with two out, before a single up the middle by Scutaro scored two runs.

The hit broke an 0-for-13 stretch for the leadoff man. Hill followed with a single to right, scoring another run.

Hill had four hits in the game, equalling his career high, and he drove in three runs.

The scoring continued for the Jays in the seventh. Wells singled and advanced to second on a wild pitch before scoring on a single to left by Overbay.

The Jays and Twins wrap up their four-game series tonight at the Metrodome, with Roy Halladay facing Francisco Liriano.


Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: April 16, 2009

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