Santana's three hits lead Twins past Blue Jays

Santana's three hits lead Twins past Blue Jays

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Right-hander Ervin Santana was solid in his final tune-up before his Opening Day start, while Danny Santana paced the offense with three hits and two RBIs to help lead the Twins to a 4-3 win over the Blue Jays on Wednesday at Hammond Stadium.

Oswaldo Arcia had the game-winning hit for the Twins with a one-out RBI single in the eighth to score Danny Santana, who doubled to open the inning.

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Arcia's go-ahead RBI single

Ervin Santana went 4 1/3 innings, allowing three runs (two earned) on six hits and two walks with three strikeouts. He finishes Grapefruit League play with a 1.77 ERA. His next start will be in the season opener against the Orioles in Baltimore on Monday.

"I feel great," Santana said. "Everything was down, which was good. It was my last outing and a good finish so I'm ready."

Santana, though, wasn't helped by his defense in a three-run fifth for the Blue Jays. After a one-out single from Melky Mesa, Roemon Fields reached on an error from shortstop Eduardo Escobar.

Burns' RBI single

Andy Burns and Domonic Brown followed with back-to-back RBI singles after the error. Non-roster reliever Corey Williams came in and gave up an RBI single to Casey Kotchman before getting out of the jam.

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Reliever Ryan Tepera started for the Blue Jays, giving up a run in his lone inning of work. The Twins got on the board early on an RBI single from Joe Mauer after consecutive singles from Brian Dozier and Santana.

"Today was kind of a bullpen day for us," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. "We're going to Montreal so we're not taking the relievers. So they got their work in. it's been a great camp. Great spring. Everybody performed well, so we're ready to go."

Santana's double

Fellow Toronto reliever Drew Storen also saw action, but struggled in the second. He gave up a pair of singles to Kurt Suzuki and Darin Mastroianni before Danny Santana connected on a two-run triple with two outs to give Minnesota an early 3-0 lead.

Right-hander Gavin Floyd was slated to start for the Blue Jays, but pitched 1 2/3 innings in relief instead. He allowed one hit and struck out one. He was relieved by closer Roberto Osuna, who tossed 1 1/3 scoreless frames with two strikeouts.

Up next for the Blue Jays: The Blue Jays will enjoy a day off on Thursday before opening a two-game exhibition series in Montreal against the Red Sox on Friday night. This marks the third consecutive year Toronto has finished its spring with a two-game series at Olympic Stadium, which is the former home of the Expos. Left-hander J.A. Happ will get the start Friday with first pitch scheduled for 7:05 p.m. ET on MLB.TV. Most of the regular position players are expected to play Friday but likely will get the day off for Saturday afternoon's game.

Up next for the Twins: Right-hander Kyle Gibson makes the start for the Twins in their final Grapefruit League game of the year on Thursday, when they host the Red Sox at 12:05 p.m. CT on MLB.TV. Gibson, who has a 1.53 ERA this spring, is lined up to be the club's No. 2 starter. Other pitchers scheduled to see action are Trevor May, Ryan Pressly and Fernando Abad.

Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Bollinger Beat, follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.