Dozier, Twins can't finish off another comeback

Dozier, Twins can't finish off another comeback

MINNEAPOLIS -- So much for the theory the Twins could build on their come-from-behind victory over the Blue Jays on Saturday.

The Twins entered the eighth inning Sunday in almost the exact same situation as Saturday, as in both games they had one hit entering the eighth and trailed by two runs before getting two runners to reach base with nobody out. But unlike Saturday, when Danny Santana hit a game-tying two-run double before Eduardo Nunez launched a go-ahead three-run homer, Brian Dozier grounded into a double play and Nunez flied out to center in a 3-1 loss to Toronto at Target Field.

"The game kind of shaped up like yesterday, in that we came into the eighth inning having only one hit on the board, but then thought we might get something going there, but it fizzled," Twins manager Paul Molitor said. "We stayed with the game, but it just wasn't enough offense."

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After back-to-back singles from Kurt Suzuki and Santana off Blue Jays right-hander Marcus Stroman, Dozier was given the bunt sign. He failed to drop down the bunt on a 1-0 fastball, but he was able to work the count in his favor to 3-1 to get the green light.

But Dozier got a 92-mph sinker on the outer half of the zone and grounded into a 5-3 double play.

"It was a strike, a 3-1 pitch, probably not one I could drive that well," Dozier said. "It had turbo-sink and he made me roll over. But I'd swing at it 100 percent of the time. You can't go up there looking to take. You have to be aggressive."

After Dozier's double play, the Blue Jays brought in closer Roberto Osuna, who was able to get Nunez to fly out to center on a first-pitch fastball to strand Santana at second base. It was as close as the Twins could get, as Osuna tossed a perfect ninth to hand Minnesota the series loss, dropping three out of four to Toronto.

"Brian got a count in his favor and he rolled over a sinker and they got the double play," Molitor said. "They brought in their closer, and with just one pitch, he got out of the inning."

It was another tough day for Dozier, who went 0-for-4 to see his batting average dip to .199. He did hit one to deep left field in the third before driving a ball into the left-center field gap in the fifth, only to see Kevin Pillar make a run-saving diving catch to rob him of a hit.

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It's indicative of the way things have been going for Dozier, who said he remains confident he'll emerge from his funk offensively.

"To be honest, I feel better than I probably have my whole career," Dozier said. "The last three or four weeks, you just have to catch breaks. You have to hope the Pillars trip and fall during your sure doubles. You make your own breaks, but you can't worry about results. The only thing you can control is how you prepare and put yourself into position. I had one hit this series, but I feel like I squared two or three balls up each game. But that's how it goes."

Rhett Bollinger has covered the Twins for since 2011. 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.