The Minnesota twins scored three runs in the top of the third inning on Saturday, establishing a lead they wouldn’t relinquish as they went on to defeat the Toronto Blue Jays 6-0. Mike Pelfrey pitched a phenomenal games for the Twins, while the struggling RA Dickey, now a mere 8-9 on the season, lost the game for the Blue Jays.
The win marked Pelfrey’s first appearance on the mound since June 18th, when he went on the disabled list after straining his back. At the time he was suffering through an eight-start losing streak, having last won on May 5th against the Cleveland Indians. On Saturday he allowed only three hits in six inning of work, striking out two batters in the process.
Dickey, the knuckle-ball pitcher who won the 2012 NL Cy Young, has now allowed six-plus runs in almost half of his starts this season. Before today’s game he had won three of his last four games started.
The offensive start of the game for the Twins was Brian Dozier, who hit a three-run homer off Dickey in the seventh inning, his eighth dinger of the year. Dozier finished the game with two hits and four RBIs. Jamey Carroll and Joe Mauer also drove in runs for the Twins.
The Twins are now 37-47 on the season. The Blue Jays are 42-45.