Diamond Struggles in Twins Loss

Created: 07/07/2013 4:23 PM KSTP.com

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Todd Redmond pitched one-hit ball over five innings for his first major league win and the Toronto Blue Jays hit three home runs Sunday to beat the slumping Minnesota Twins 11-5.

Rajai Davis hit a three-run homer and Jose Reyes and Colby Rasmus also connected for the Blue Jays, who won for the 10th time in 13 meetings with Minnesota.

Redmond (1-1) allowed two runs, with three walks and four strikeouts.

Redmond made his first start of the season for Toronto and just the second of his career. The right-hander was called up from Triple-A Buffalo last week after the Blue Jays designated Chien-Ming Wang for assignment.

The Blue Jays took two out of three and have not lost a series against Minnesota since May 2007. Toronto has won nine straight home series over the Twins dating to May 2005.

Aaron Hicks and Trevor Plouffe homered for the Twins, who have lost seven of eight and 12 of 16 to fall a season-worst 11 games below .500.

Davis got two hits and scored three times. Rasmus also singled and doubled, drove in three runs and scored twice.

Hicks had the only hit off Redmond, a two-run homer in the fifth.

After surrendering a leadoff walk in the first, Redmond retired the next 11 batters in order.

Aaron Loup and Dustin McGowan each worked one inning, Brett Cecil got two outs in the eighth and Neil Wagner got the third before Casey Janssen finished.

All three Blue Jays homers came off Scott Diamond, who lost for the fourth time in six starts. Diamond (5-8) allowed six runs and eight hits in 4 2-3 innings and walked a season-high four.

Toronto opened the scoring in the fourth when Davis hit a two-out double and Rasmus followed with his 16th homer.

The Twins tied it in the fifth when Hicks followed a one-out walk to Clete Thomas with his seventh homer.

The Blue Jays took the lead for good with a four-run fifth. Reyes hit a leadoff homer, his fourth. Four batters later, after Edwin Encarnacion walked and Mark DeRosa singled, Davis hit a second-deck shot to left.

Minnesota cut it to 6-3 on Chris Parmelee's grounder in the sixth. Adam Lind hit an RBI double in the bottom half off Anthony Swarzak.

The Blue Jays scored four more in the seventh off Josh Roenicke and Brian Duensing. Rasmus hit an RBI double and scored on Maicer Izturis' single, and two runs scored on Encarnacion's triple.

Plouffe made it 11-5 with a two-run homer off Cecil in the eighth, his ninth.

NOTES: Diamond was born about 50 miles west of Toronto in Guelph, Ontario. He faced the Blue Jays for the third time. ... Redmond's only other big league start came Aug. 18, 2012, with Cincinnati, a 9-7 loss to the Chicago Cubs. ... Minnesota OF Oswaldo Arcia, who left Saturday's game after he was hit on the right hand by a pitch, was held out of the starting lineup.

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