Struggling Starter Haunts Twins Again

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May 10, 2012 at 9:57 pm

MINNEAPOLIS (KNSI) – Another game, another lack-luster outing for a Minnesota Twins starting pitcher. Jason Marquis lasted just four innings and allowed all six runs to the Toronto Blue Jays in a 6-2 Twins loss Thursday night.

Marquis struggled with command right away, throwing six balls in his first seven pitches, then loading the bases in the first thanks in part to a pair of walks. For the game, Marquis walked three and threw a total of 86 pitches in four innings of work. With the loss he falls to 2-2 with an ERA over 6.30.

After the Blue Jays scored two in the first the Twins again found themselves in an early hole. A bases loaded sacrifice fly put Toronto on the board, then a two out RBI single from Brett Lawrie extended the lead to 2-0. The Blue Jays third baseman went back to work in the third, notching another two out RBI as part of a three run inning for Toronto off of Marquis. Lawrie finished up the day 2-4 with 2 RBI and a run scored. Yunel Escobar scored three of the six runs for the Jays. The short-stop went 4-for-4 with a walk on the night hitting second for Toronto.

Henderson Alvarez turned in an outstanding start for the Blue Jays, scattering seven Minnesota hits over his seven innings of work. Alvarez induced three double play balls to short-circuit the Twins chances in the first, fourth and sixth innings. Minnesota only managed an unearned run in the third, then a second tally on Josh Willingham's seventh home run of the season in the sixth. Alvarez got the credit for the win and moves to 3-1 on the season.

Anthony Swarzak turned in other solid outing in relief, his fifth solid outing in six trips from the bullpen. The former Twins starter tossed three scoreless innings, facing just one over the minimum and striking out three. Four of Zwarzak's six relief appearances have been scoreless.

The Twins try to even the series Friday night as they send Nick Blackburn(0-4, 6.84 ERA) to the hill to face the Blue Jays' Kyle Drabek(2-3, 3.34). First pitch from Target Field scheduled for 7:10.

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