3 ‘Buck’ homers keep Twins in WC position 28 Aug 17

TORONTO – Byron Buxton completely took over Sunday’s game with the best day of his Major League career, launching three home runs to lead the Twins to a 7-2 victory and Players Weekend series win over the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. 

“Buck” finished the day 4-for-5 with five RBIs and home runs off three different pitchers that totalled 1,144 feet. The 23-year-old recorded seven hits in the three-game series, including two walks and two stolen bases. He also has eight home runs in a red-hot August after entering the month with just five.

“First time here, but it’s comfortable — put it that way,” Buxton said of his first visit to Toronto. “Good hitting park to hit in. Loved the atmosphere here. It’s a great place to play.”

Twins starter Kyle Gibson limited the Blue Jays to two runs over 6 2/3 innings of quality work. “Gibby” struck out seven batters to limit the damage from seven hits over a season-high 108 pitches.

“I thought he was good today,” Twins manager Paul Molitor said. “Strikes were good for the most part. Attacking was pretty good. The deeper the rotation is and the more guys are throwing well, you’ve got a chance to win every day.”

Joe Biagini didn’t fare nearly as well for the Blue Jays in his first start back from Triple-A Buffalo, where he’d been stretching out for a return to the rotation. He allowed five runs on nine hits over just 3 2/3 innings of work and walked three, which quickly ran his pitch count up to 85.

“It was a tough day for him obviously,” said Blue Jays manager John Gibbons after the game. “I thought maybe he was overthrowing a little bit too much because the ball was definitely in the zone and they barrelled it pretty good.”