Kevin Gausman pitches poorly as Jays lose to Twins

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It started poorly and ended just as bad for the Blue Jays on Sunday.

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Looking to extend their consecutive series’ won streak to three against a Twins team they split the first two with, the Jays and Mother Nature gifted a couple of first-inning runs in a three-run Twins first and basically never recovered on their way to an 8-6 loss.

It was just the Jays second loss in the past 11 games and it wasted a three-homer afternoon, all of them solo shots, by the home side.

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Jays’ starter Kevin Gausman suffered his shortest outing as a Blue Jay and his least effective and fell ot 5-4.

Gausman was also unlucky right out of the gate as first Teoscar Hernandez lost a routine, though sky-high pop fly in a low cloudy sky off the bat of Jorge Polanco for a two-base error that cashed in the first run of the game.

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In the same inning Jose Miranda popped one down the same first base line but in foul territory just behind first.

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. never found it allowing it to drop and the second run to score.

Given a second chance, Miranda banged out a single scoring Polanco with the second run of the game.

The Twins would get one more in the inning before Hernandez would gun down Miranda trying to go first to third on Gilberto Celestino’s single.

The 3-0 hole kept the Jays chasing the remainder of the afternoon.

George Springer hit his seventh franchise lead-off homer to get the Jays back within two but by the time the other homers played out for the Jays, the Twins had already sufficiently padded their lead to withstand the comeback.

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Solo homers by red-hot Alejandro Kirk in the fourth – his fourth of the homestand and another by Matt Chapman in the seventh barely put a dent in the Twins lead which by then was still 6-3.

The Jays would make things very interesting in the ninth when Santiago Espinal would follow a Kirk walk and a Chapman single with his fourth homer of the year to the get the Jays within two at 8-6.

Lourdes Gurriel Jr. would single after that to bring the tying run to the plate with just one out.

A force at second and a wild throw trying to get Danny Jansen at first to end the game with a double play moved Jansen to second, now with two out.

A pitching change brought Jovani Moran into the game and he promptly gave up a bloop single to Springer to bring the potential winning run to the plate in the form of Bo Bichette.

Moran got Bichette to ground out to third to end the game.

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