Blue Jays 3, Twins 1

Frustrations mount for slumping Twins

Third baseman Josh Donaldson and shortstop Troy Tulowitzki homered, right-hander Marco Estrada pitched into the seventh inning and the Toronto Blue Jays defeated the Minnesota Twins 3-1 on Tuesday.

Estrada (9-6) allowed two hits, two walks and one run while striking out five in 6 2/3 innings as the Blue Jays (56-52) won their third in a row and handed the Twins (54-52) their third straight loss.

Right-hander Roberto Osuna pitched around a walk in the ninth for his eighth save to give the Blue Jays the first two games of the four-game series.

Twins right-hander Phil Hughes (10-6) allowed five hits, including two home runs, two walks and three runs with three strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings. The loss snapped a string of six straight winning decisions for Hughes.

The Twins, Blue Jays and the Baltimore Orioles entered Tuesday in a three-way tie for the second American League wild card spot.

The Blue Jays took a 2-1 lead into the bottom of the sixth when first baseman Edwin Encarnacion doubled down the third-base line with one out.

He took third on a deep fly to right by designated hitter Russell Martin and scored when catcher Dioner Navarro doubled to right center to increase the lead to 3-1. Left-hander Ryan O’Rourke took over from Hughes.Estrada retired 10 batters in a row before left fielder Eddie Rosario doubled to right with two out in the seventh. The other hit Estrada allowed in the game was an infield single.”

Right-hander Mark Lowe was brought in from the bullpen to retire Twins center fielder Aaron Hicks on a fly to left.

Right-hander Aaron Sanchez took over the eighth for the Blue Jays.

Donaldson hit a 2-2 cutter to left for his 28th home run of the season, opening the scoring in the first inning.

Tulowitzki slammed a 2-1 fastball to left for his 14th homer of the season — his second with the Blue Jays — with one out in the third to stretch the lead to 2-0.The Twins went down in order in the first three innings before second baseman Brian Dozier led off the fourth with an infield single, a liner deflected by Estrada and fielded by second baseman Ryan Goins.

Third baseman Trevor Plouffe and designated hitter Miguel Sano walked to load the bases with one out. Right fielder Torii Hunter hit a sacrifice fly to the warning track to right to cut Minnesota’s deficit to 2-1.

NOTES: Blue Jays RHP Aaron Sanchez appealed his three-game suspension handed down by Major League Baseball. Manager John Gibbons served his one-game suspension Tuesday. They were ejected Sunday from a game against Kansas City after Sanchez hit Royals SS Alcides Escobar with a pitch in the eighth inning. Benches cleared, but no punches were thrown. Gibbons was suspended for entering the field after already being ejected in the seventh. Plate umpire Jim Wolf warned both teams after Twins RHP Edinson Volquez hit 3B Josh Donaldson with a pitch in the first inning. The appeal allows Sanchez to take part in the three-game series this weekend against the Yankees. … Twins RHP Tyler Duffey, called up from Triple-A Rochester on Sunday, makes his major league debut Wednesday when he faces Toronto RHP Drew Hutchison (9-2, 5.42 ERA).