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Donaldson bookends Jays' hammering of Twins

Marco Estrada pitched eight efficient innings, Josh Donaldson homered twice among his four hits and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Minnesota Twins 7-2 on Saturday night.

Minnesota’s loss clinched the AL Central for the Cleveland Indians and gave teams a chance to gain on the Twins for the final AL wild card. Minnesota entered the day two games ahead of the Angels.

Estrada (9-8) allowed two solo homers and extended his string of allowing three earned runs or fewer to nine of his last 11 outings.

Jose Bautista ended his 0-for-17 skid with three hits and an RBI for Toronto.

Donaldson gave the Blue Jays a lead in the first by sending a first-pitch shot off Adalberto Mejia (4-6) into the second deck in left-centre.

Jays’ explosive 4th

Making his first start since a biceps injury last month sidelined him for 35 games, Mejia seemed to recover after Donaldson’s homer and retired eight straight batters. But Donaldson led off the fourth with a single and came around to score on Bautista’s single. A batter later, Kendrys Morales drove in Justin Smoak with a single.

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Marco Estrada of the Toronto Blue Jays pitched eight innings against the Minnesota Twins on Saturday. (Jim Mone/The Associated Press)

Estrada took care of the rest, retiring 12 of his final 15 batters after Eddie Rosario’s homer in the fifth, inducing a handful of harmless pop flies. He allowed three hits and a walk with four strikeouts. Matt Dermody pitched a scoreless ninth for Toronto.

The Blue Jays broke it open in the eighth by stringing together four singles and a walk against Trever Hildenberger. Bautista and Morales each had RBIs, and Donaldson scored a run on a throwing error by Brian Dozier to make it 6-1.

Eduardo Escobar led off the eighth with a solo homer, but manager John Gibbons allowed Estrada to finish the inning. Donaldson got the run back with a one-out homer to centre in the ninth.

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