Diamond pitches another gem in Twins’ winScott Diamond pitched seven shutout innings, Brian Dozier hit his first career homer and the Minnesota Twins held on to beat the Toronto Blue Jays 4-3 Sunday.
MINNEAPOLIS — Scott Diamond pitched seven shutout innings, Brian Dozier hit his first career homer and the Minnesota Twins held on to beat the Toronto Blue Jays 4-3 Sunday.
Ryan Doumit and Jamey Carroll added two hits apiece for the Twins, who became the last team in the majors to reach double-digit wins by splitting the four-game series. Matt Capps pitched a scoreless ninth for his seventh save in as many chances.
Yunel Escobar and Eric Thames knocked in runs for Toronto, which closed its road trip at 5-5.
Diamond (2-0) has given the Twins the type of starting pitching that has been sorely lacking for most of the season. Minnesota starters entered the game with a collective 6.57 ERA, easily the worst in baseball.
Called up from Triple-A Rochester on Monday, he threw seven shutout innings Tuesday night against the Los Angeles Angels. Just as he did then, Diamond worked ahead in the count and primarily kept the ball down in the zone. He allowed five hits and struck out four without a walk.
Toronto starter Ricky Romero (4-1) allowed nine hits in 5 1/3 innings, walked five and did not strike out a batter for the first time in 101 career starts. He threw only 51 of his 99 pitches for strikes.
Dozier, the Twins’ 2011 minor leaguer of the year who was also called up Monday, homered in the third for a 1-0 lead before the patient Twins scored three times in the fifth.
Denard Span and Dozier singled before Joe Mauer walked to load the bases with no outs. Josh Willingham walked and Doumit followed with a two-run single up the middle. It was Minnesota’s only hit with runners in scoring position over its past 18 opportunities.
After RBI singles by Escobar and Eric Thames in the eighth for Toronto, another run scored on a wild pitch by Glen Perkins. But Brett Lawrie grounded out with the tying run on third.
NOTES: Minnesota’s Trevor Plouffe ended a 0-for-11 skid with a seventh-inning double. ..Minnesota opens a two-game homestand against Cleveland today. Carl Pavano (2-3, 5.02 ERA) will take the hill for the Twins against Jeanmar Gomez (2-2, 4.66).