Twins missed an opportunity against Price

Frustrations mount for slumping Twins

The Minnesota Twins had a big chance to possibly spoil the Toronto Blue Jays’ debut of David Price.

The Twins loaded the bases in the fourth inning on Monday with the score tied 1-1.

After first baseman Trevor Plouffe led off with a double, Price walked designated hitter Miguel Sano and right fielder Torii Hunter, who had homered in the second inning.

With the bases loaded, Price retired left fielder Eddie Rosario on a popup to shallow center and struck out center fielder Aaron Hicks and catcher Kurt Suzuki. Price retired his next 12 batters as well.

In typical Twins fashion of late, they went 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position on the day and went down to a 5-1 defeat to the Blue Jays. They have scored six runs in their past four games.

“We were upset about that,” Hunter said of the fourth inning. “When you don’t get any runs and the inning is over and he pitched his butt off, it ticks you off. Because you know he’s smelling it a little bit and is tasting blood and is ready to go. The next couple innings, he was (going) changeup, backdoor cutter. He did everything to us. He kind of abused us a little bit.”

“It was a winnable game,” manager Paul Molitor said. “We created enough opportunities to get things done. A guy of his caliber, when you get leadoff doubles or a runner at third with less than two outs, you have to take advantage. We have guys who are still learning to slow the game in those situations and it’s not happening for us, but hopefully they can learn and get better.”

The Twins (54-51) and the Blue Jays (55-52) are among the contenders in a closely bunched American League wild-card race. There are three games left in the series at Rogers Centre.

“There’s so much time left,” Hunter said. “There’s two months left. Every game is important. Today they beat us. They hit the ball. And David Price pitched well. Have amnesia and keep going. That’s it. It’s over.”