TORONTO 4, MINNESOTA 2 IN TORONTO
Date: Sunday, July 26.
Batting stars: Kirby Puckett was 2-for-3 with a home run (his sixteenth) and a hit-by-pitch. Steve Lombardozzi was 1-for-3 with a double and a run. Dan Gladden was 1-for-4 with an RBI.
Pitching star: Bert Blyleven struck out twelve in a complete game, giving up four runs (three earned) on nine hits and three walks.
Opposition stars: Jimmy Key pitched 8.2 innings, giving up two runs on four hits and no walks with five strikeouts. George Bell was 4-for-4 with a double and a stolen base (his fifth), scoring once and driving in one. Lloyd Moseby was 1-for-3 with a walk and a stolen base (his twenty-second), scoring once.
The game: Puckett homered in the first to give the Twins a 1-0 lead. An error tied the score in the second, but the Twins regained the lead in the third on Lombardozzi's double and Gladden's RBI single. Bell's run-scoring single tied it in the fifth. It stayed 2-2 until the ninth. Bell led off with a double and Ernie Whitt drew a one-out walk. A fly ball moved runners to first and third with two down. A wild pitch brought home the go-ahead run and a Garth Iorg double brought in an insurance run.
Of note: Mark Davidson was again in center field, with Puckett at DH. Since this is two games in a row, one assumes Puckett had a minor injury of some sort. Davidson again batted second...It should be noted that, for the second game in a row, Blyleven did not leave any pitches up. This was the only time all year that would happen...Had the Blue Jays not removed Key with two out and a man on first in the ninth, there would have been no substitutions of any kind in the game by either team. I don't know how often that happens, but I don't think it's very often...Of course, it would be quite unusual in today's game for the starter to be left in a tie game after giving up a leadoff double in the eighth.
Record: The Twins were 54-46, in first place, two games ahead of Oakland.
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