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Hughes, Morales lead Twins over Jays

Toronto, ON (SportsNetwork.com) - Phil Hughes got back on the winning track and Kendrys Morales had three hits and drove in his first runs with the Twins, as Minnesota beat Toronto, 7-2, on Wednesday afternoon at Rogers Centre.

Hughes (7-2) rebounded from his first loss in nine starts last time out to allow just seven hits over seven scoreless innings for the Twins, who began a nine-game, three-city road trip by winning two of three from the Blue Jays. The right-hander struck out nine without walking a batter, improving to 7-1 over his last 10 starts.

Morales broke the game open with a three-run double in the seventh for Minnesota, which won for just the third time in seven outings. Josh Willingham added a two-run homer and drove in three runs for the Twins.

Jose Bautista had two hits, drove in a run and scored a run for the Blue Jays, who have dropped four of five after winning 15 of 17.

Willingham began the game's scoring with his two-run homer in the first off Toronto starter Marcus Stroman.

Stroman settled down after that, scattering four hits over the next four innings, but then ran into trouble in the sixth. Morales began the frame with a double and moved to third on an Oswaldo Arcia single. Trevor Plouffe then lifted sac fly to plate Morales for a 3-0 edge.

Morales then put the game out of reach in the seventh with a three-run double against reliever Bobby Korecky, who was called up earlier in the day.

Toronto got a pair of runs back in the eighth when Bautista doubled home Melky Cabrera and later scored on a Dioner Navarro base hit.

Willingham singled home an insurance run in the ninth to cap the scoring.

Casey Fien recorded the final four outs for his first career save.

Stroman (3-1) suffered the loss, yielding three runs on nine hits in six innings. He struck out four without a walk. He was trying to become the first Jays rookie to win his first three starts since Mauro Gozzo in 1989.

Game Notes

Twins starting second baseman Brian Dozier left the game in the fourth inning with lower back tightness. He had played every inning at the position this season ... Minnesota lost a challenge in the sixth inning when manager Ron Gardenhire asked for a review when Kurt Suzuki was thrown out going for a double ... Minnesota took four of six from the Blue Jays this season ... Joe Mauer had three hits for the Twins.

06/11 15:55:03 ET

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Final
DUR 5
NOR 1
 
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TAM 4
BOS 3
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MIA 9
NYM 6
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ATL 0
PHI 7
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BAL 4
MIN 6
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STL 5
PIT 4
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CHC 4
MIL 2
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CLE 1
DET 12
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OAK 6
SEA 1
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SDP 3
ARI 1
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COL 10
SFG 9
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KAN 4
TEX 3
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LOS 4
WAS 6
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NOR 1