Best of MLB: Bautista, Blue Jays Use Homers to Blast Twins

MINNEAPOLIS -- Jose Bautista hit a three-run home run to break open the game in the sixth inning and the Toronto Blue Jays slugged their way to a 9-3 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Friday night.

Josh Donaldson, Michael Saunders and Darwin Barney also went deep for Toronto. Aaron Sanchez (4-1) gave up two runs on eight hits with seven strikeouts in seven innings to give the Blue Jays their second straight win after a five-game losing streak.

Robbie Grossman went 3 for 4 with a homer, a double and three RBIs in his first game for the Twins, who have lost five straight games and are an MLB-worst 10-31 this season. Tyler Duffey (1-3) gave up six runs on nine hits in 5 2-3 innings (see full recap).

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MIAMI -- Tanner Roark finally beat the team that kept beating him, pitching 6 2/3 innings to help the Washington Nationals past Miami 4-1 on Friday night.

Roark (3-3) came into the game 0-3 in three starts versus the Marlins this season with an ERA of 8.40. Against the rest of the majors he's 2-0 in five starts with an ERA of 0.79.

Ryan Zimmerman and Michael Taylor homered to help the Nationals score all their runs in the second inning.

Marcell Ozuna hit his eighth home run for Miami, but Roark had no trouble with slumping slugger Giancarlo Stanton, who finished 0 for 4 with three strikeouts, dropping his average to .214. He has struck out 12 times in the past four games.

Miami has totaled four runs during a three-game losing streak (see full recap).

Matz shines as Mets top Brewers
NEW YORK -- Steven Matz pitched seven sharp innings to win his sixth consecutive start, Michael Conforto hit a two-run homer and the New York Mets beat the Milwaukee Brewers 3-2 on Friday night.

After skipping a turn in the rotation last weekend because of a sore elbow, Matz (6-1) picked up right where he left off in his previous outing May 9 at Dodger Stadium. The rookie left-hander held the Brewers to three hits.

Matz struck out eight and walked none as the Mets won for the second time in eight games.

The only real hiccup for Matz (6-1) came when Chris Carter connected for his 13th home run of the season, a two-run shot in the first inning. After that, Matz retired 15 straight batters.

Addison Reed tossed a perfect eighth and Jeurys Familia closed flawlessly for his 14th save in as many chances this season.

With the Mets trailing 2-1, Asdrubal Cabrera singled to start the sixth and Conforto homered off Wily Peralta (2-5) (see full recap).

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