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'Pen scuffles in 11th as Blue Jays swept at home

Gurriel Jr. sets club rookie record; Gaviglio handed another short exit
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TORONTO -- A three-run eighth inning rally from the Blue Jays tied the game late, but Toronto fell apart in the 11th inning, surrendering six two-out runs in a 12-6 loss to the Twins on Wednesday afternoon at Rogers Centre

After a pair of quick outs, Jake Petricka loaded the bases in the 11th inning before a slider got away from him and plunked Max Kepler to score the go-ahead run.

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TORONTO -- A three-run eighth inning rally from the Blue Jays tied the game late, but Toronto fell apart in the 11th inning, surrendering six two-out runs in a 12-6 loss to the Twins on Wednesday afternoon at Rogers Centre

After a pair of quick outs, Jake Petricka loaded the bases in the 11th inning before a slider got away from him and plunked Max Kepler to score the go-ahead run.

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"I wanted it down and in, and just one of those times it went too far," Petricka said. "I executed the pitch fairly well. You can almost say too well, because it hit him. Just that whole inning, I was just a hair off here and there, and that's on me to make that adjustment mid inning and get through it."

Blue Jays manager John Gibbons had some words with home plate umpire Sean Barber on his way to the mound for a pitching change. Barber promptly ejected Gibbons, and the game quickly deteriorated for Toronto.

Video: MIN@TOR: Gibbons ejected for arguing in the 11th

"I just thought it was one of those games," Gibbons said. "We had a chance. We had some bad baserunning, this and that. We had it right there. … At that point, it was more frustration. It was one of those deals."

Luis Santos came in and gave up four hits, including a pair of doubles. The Twins finished the inning scoring six runs to put the game out of reach.

Sam Gaviglio started for the Blue Jays, but he wasn't able to record six innings of work for the eighth time this season.

"Your goal is to go deep in the game, and I wasn't able to do that today," Gaviglio said. "It was a battle, each inning got runners on, nothing was coming easy."

Video: MIN@TOR: Gaviglio whiffs Dozier swinging in the 3rd

He stranded a runner on third base in the first inning but got into trouble in the second when the Twins plated three. With men on first and second, Mitch Garver hit a RBI single to center field to put Minnesota on the board. Jake Cave followed with an RBI fielder's choice before Joe Mauer smashed a double with a projected exit velocity of 105 mph that scored Cave from first base.

He finished the game allowing just the three second-inning runs and exited after 88 pitches.

Toronto will need a lot more out of its fifth starter, who will likely remain in the Blue Jays rotation for the rest of the season once if and when J.A. Happ gets traded in the coming days. While no trade involving Happ had been announced at the conclusion of the game, the Blue Jays appear close to a deal, according to MLB.com's Mark Feinsand.

In the fifth inning, Kendrys Morales scored Lourdes Gurriel Jr. on a sacrifice fly to tie the game at 3-3, but Aaron Loup surrendered a go-ahead run for the Twins in the sixth off a solo homer by Garver. Two innings later, Joe Biagini gave up a pair of runs on three hits to give Minnesota a 6-3 lead.

The Blue Jays' eighth inning rally was sparked by Randal Grichuk, who hit a one-out double that moved Morales to third. Teoscar Hernandez walked to load the bases and bring Luke Maile to the plate. Maile knocked a two-run single to bring the Jays to within one. With Hernandez on third, Aledmys Diaz hit into a run-scoring fielder's choice tie the game at six all.

Video: MIN@TOR: Diaz's RBI fielder's choice ties game in 8th

Ervin Santana made his season debut for the Twins. He scattered seven hits over five innings of work, striking out five, before turning the ball over to his bullpen. The Twins relievers gave up nine hits but only the three runs in the eighth inning.

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Jays can't capitalize in ninth: Toronto had a chance to end the game in the ninth after a leadoff single from Gurriel Jr. The hit was his second hit of the game, extending his multi-hit streak to eight games, longest all-time by a Blue Jays rookie and the longest multi-hit streak in the Major Leagues this season. It's one game shy of the franchise record of nine, set by Tony Fernandez in 1986. Gurriel moved to third on a one-out single from Morales, but Yangervis Solarte lined out shortstop Jorge Polanco, who quickly fired to first to get Morales for the double play.

Video: MIN@TOR: Polanco turns 2, sends game to extras

Grichuk left at first: Grichuk led off the 10th inning with a single, his third hit of the game, but the Blue Jays again couldn't score. Hernandez and Maile both struck out before Diaz lined out to end the inning, leaving Grichuk stranded.

SOUND SMART
Jaime Garcia came out of the bullpen in the ninth and pitched a pair of scoreless innings without surrendering a baserunner. He has now retired the last 15 batters he's faced in his past two appearances.

UP NEXT
Marcus Stroman (3-7, 5.42 ERA) will take the mound for the Blue Jays' series opener at Guaranteed Rate Field against the White Sox on Friday at 8:10 p.m. ET. The 27-year-old right-hander has alternating wins and losses in his last five starts, most recently recording his third win of the season in a seven-inning outing against the Orioles. Stroman has a 6.00 ERA in six career starts against the White Sox. Chicago will counter with Reynaldo Lopez (4-8, 4.13), who is coming off consecutive five-run outings against the Royals and Mariners, respectively.

Aaron Rose is a reporter for MLB.com based in Toronto.

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