J.A. Happ tries to win for the fifth time in six starts tonight when the Toronto Blue Jays continue a three-game series with the Minnesota Twins.
Happ bounced back from an ugly loss to Kansas City to win in Detroit on Thursday, as he held the Tigers to three runs and seven hits in 6 1/3 innings to improve to 5-2 to go along with a 4.12 ERA.
In two games (1 start) versus the Twins, Happ is 1-0 with a 1.42 ERA.
After getting shut out in back-to-back games Toronto seemed to get back on track in Monday's opener, as Kevin Pillar singled home pinch-runner Erik Kratz in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift the Blue Jays to a 5-4 win.
The Twins erased a 4-2 deficit in the top of the ninth, but Matt Guerrier (0-1) walked the leadoff batter, Dioner Navarro, who was replaced by Kratz.
After Anthony Gose struck out on a failed bunt attempt, Casey Fien took over for Guerrier.
Jose Reyes then lined a single to right field -- his third hit of the game -- and Pillar followed with a blooper to right to score Kratz and end the Blue Jays' two-game skid.
Edwin Encarnacion blasted a three-run homer for AL East-leading Toronto, which was coming off consecutive 5-0 losses to St. Louis over the weekend.
Danny Santana and Brian Dozier clubbed back-to-back homers off Toronto starter R.A. Dickey to begin the game, but the knuckleballer settled down to pitch into the sixth inning.
"The more aggressive I became, the better result I started having," Dickey said.
Kurt Suzuki had three hits in Minnesota's fourth loss in five games.
Toronto could stay in the win column on Tuesday, as it goes up against Twins righty Kevin Correia, who is a miserable 2-7 with a 6.11 ERA. Correia couldn't hold a four-run lead on Thursday against Milwaukee and fell for the fourth time in five decisions, as he allowed five runs and 10 hits in five innings.
As bad as he's been, though, the Twins don't plan on moving him from the rotation anytime soon.
"Kevin's one of our starters," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "He's paid good money to do that, and he's still gonna get paid no matter what, so he's one of our starters. We need him to be more consistent."
Correia is 1-3 with a 6.48 ERA in six games (4 starts) against Toronto.
Minnesota won two of three when these teams squared off in April.