Vargas, Rosario power Twins to win over Blue Jays

Vargas, Rosario power Twins to win over Blue Jays

DUNEDIN, Fla. -- Right-hander Kyle Gibson was sharp, while Kennys Vargas and Eddie Rosario both homered to lead the Twins to a 5-3 win over the Blue Jays on Tuesday afternoon at Florida Auto Exhange Stadium.

Knuckleballer R.A. Dickey made his second official start of the spring for Toronto but had some difficulty keeping the ball in the yard.

Minnesota opened the scoring in the top of the second inning when Vargas hit a no-doubter over the wall in right-center field for his first home run of the spring, giving the Twins an early 1-0 lead.

Minnesota added to that lead in the fourth inning when Rosario hit a shot over the wall in right. That deep fly ball likely was aided by the wind which was blowing out to right field but it marked the first home run of the spring for Rosario and put the Twins in front, 2-1.

Dickey allowed the two runs on four hits and didn't walk a batter while striking out two.

"It was a good outing for me," Dickey said. "I threw like 39 strikes out of 54 pitches, which is a high percentage. I was rarely behind in the count ... and the second home run was a pitch that I would have never thrown in a real game. I tried to throw a fastball in, just to work on that pitch with two strikes. But ordinarily I never would have thrown that pitch in that situation. A lot of good positives for me."

Gibson started for the Twins and went three innings, giving up one run on three hits and a walk. The Blue Jays scored their lone run against Gibson on an RBI single from Ryan Goins with two outs in the second.

"I caused my own jam in the first inning and the first couple innings I had trouble establishing a flow out there," Gibson said. "But in the last inning I was able to work on it and smooth it out and the results were much better."

Gibson was followed by fellow right-hander Tim Stauffer, who is competing for the fifth spot in the rotation for Minnesota. He gave up a run in the fourth on a two-out RBI single from Devon Travis, and another run in the sixth on an RBI double from Caleb Gindl.

Minnesota took the lead with a two-run fifth inning against right-hander Wilton Lopez. Eduardo Escobar brought home a run with an RBI single before Eduardo Nunez added a sacrifice fly to center field.

The Twins tacked on another run in the seventh against right-hander Kyle Drabek with Jose Martinez connecting on an RBI double to left field.

Up next: After two days on the road, the Twins host the Rays on Wednesday at Hammond Stadium at 12:05 p.m. CT. Left-hander Tommy Milone is set to make his second start of the spring, while prospect Trevor May is slated to make his Grapefruit League debut after missing time early in camp with the flu. Other pitchers scheduled to throw include Casey Fien, Caleb Thielbar and Aaron Thompson.

Gregor Chisholm is a reporter for Read his blog, North of the Border, and follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.