Gordon, who had three strokes per match, was the auto sprinter to start below 10th. Jordan Romano (3-3) hit Jake Cave on a low slide past Jansen, who threw hard into the first, allowing Cave to reach and moving Gordon to third.
Tim Beckham hit playmaker for third baseman Matt Chapman, who came home to try and score for Gordon. Chances are Jansen would have gone out but he didn’t catch the ball cleanly.
“I was actually skating and watching the ball catcher, so I was actually seeing the ball fall and I was kind of screaming at the referee,” Gordon said. “I was like, ‘Safe, safe.’ “So, I was hoping he would hear me.”
Toronto recovered from 5-0 down before losing for the fourth time in their last 16 games.
“I think everything lined up the way we wanted it and we didn’t do it in the end,” said interim manager John Schneider. “I like the way we play and I think it’s one game in the void. You try to smash it and move on.”
Michael Vollmer (4-4) left the bases loaded at the top of the 10th in his second appearance for Minnesota since getting it from Detroit.
The twins, who lost six out of nine, doubled their lead at AL Central to two games over the Cleveland and Chicago White Sox.
“Sometimes you have to fight a little bit,” said Minnesota manager Rocco Baldeli. “Put the ball into play. Get the other team to make something. Once there is a man at second base, once there is a man at third base, anything can really happen in this game if you give yourself the opportunity.”
The Blue Jays rallied in the ninth against the new closest twins Jorge Lopez, another takeover of the trade deadline that was an All-Star in Baltimore. Bo Bichette and Danny Jansen sorted before Raimel Tapia blasted one solo in a shallow midfield.
On his Minnesota debut, Tyler Mahley became the first Tournament Twins player to finish six rounds since Sonny Gray went six rounds against Detroit on July 24.
Mahley allowed a one-stroke through the first four rounds before letting his guards down for Matt Chapman, Santiago Espinal and Vladimir Guerrero Jr., who extended his hitting streak to 16 games with a two-round blast to center in the sixth inning.
Obtained in deadline from the Cincinnati Reds for three possibilities, Mahle allowed four runs and five strokes. Three home guards were not allowed in this season’s game.
“I was excited to play a meaningful game,” Mahley said. “I haven’t really done that all year. Excited to have my family here to see it.”
Homer Gordon crowned fifth of the season with four runs against former Twins player Jose Berrios, who gave up five runs in six strokes in 3 and 3 innings.
I hate goodbyes
Minnesota has named right-handed Tyler Duffy for the release or assignment, potentially ending Duffy’s eight-season tenure with the team. Duffy was 2-4 with a 4.91 ERA this season. He allowed three runs in 1 and 2/3 runs in Thursday’s 9-3 loss to Toronto.
Duffy, 31, was an early novice in his time with Minnesota before becoming an important loyalist. He had a 2.31 ERA in over 80 games from 2019-2020.
There are decisions to be made. “This one was really tough,” Baldele said. “It took some time and some reflection before we got there. But we thought it was something we had to do, and therefore, if we thought it was the right thing to do, we had to do it.”
The right-hand side was called Cole Sands of Triple-A St. Paul to fill the role of Long Relief.
Blue Jays: George Springer was out of the squad because he’s dealing with an elbow injury. Schneider said it was a maintenance day for Springer.
Twins: Byron Paxton got a day off as he was dealing with his stuck knee injury.
RHP Mitch White will make his Toronto debut on Saturday night after getting him in a final deal with Los Angeles. White was 1-2 with 3.70 ERA in 15 games, including 10 starts, for the Dodgers. Minnesota will start RHP Dylan Bundy (6-5, 5.04 ERA), who allowed 15 passes gained over the last 19 1/3 innings.