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Thomas cranks two, moves one homer shy of Murray

• Turning point: Minnesota's Jason Tyner had a chance to tie the game in the fifth inning when he was caught in a rundown between third and home.

• Hero: Thomas' two homers raised his total to 503 and pulled him within one of Eddie Murray for 20th on the all-time list.

• Figure this: Johan Santana allowed four home runs in a game for the first time in 163 major league starts.

• Quotable: "He's the Big Hurt. If you make a mistake,
you're going to pay for it." -- Santana

-- ESPN.com news services

Blue Jays 6, Twins 4

TORONTO (AP) -- Frank Thomas put an emphatic end to a three-week
power outage.

Thomas homered twice to raise his total to 503 and pull within
one of Eddie Murray for 20th place as the Toronto Blue Jays sent
Johan Santana to a rare second-half loss, beating the Minnesota
Twins 6-4 on Monday night.

"I've not been a happy camper the past few days," said Thomas,
who came in 1-for-9 in his past three games and was without a homer
since July 1, a span of 62 at bats.

"I haven't been swinging the bat like I know I'm capable of,"
Thomas said. "My timing has been off. I've been working hard to
get my mechanics right and today it just clicked."

Reed Johnson and Alex Rios added solo shots off Santana (11-8),
who allowed four home runs in a game for the first time in 163
major league starts. He gave up three homers five times previously
but not since May 7, 2004, against Oakland.

"He was up and when you're up against big hitters, that's what
happens, the ball goes out of the ballpark," Twins manager Ron
Gardenhire said.

Santana dropped to 41-6 following the All-Star Game since the
2003 break. He allowed six runs and seven hits in five innings,
matching his shortest start this season.

"Those guys were aggressive, they were swinging right away,"
Santana said. "It seemed like the ball was flying today."

Thomas hit a two-run homer in the second that put the Blue Jays
ahead 3-0 and another two-run drive in the fifth that made it 6-3.
It was his 30th multihomer game, his first this year.

"I tried to throw a couple of fastballs away and they stayed
up," Santana said. "He's the Big Hurt. If you make a mistake,
you're going to pay for it."

Thomas has 52 homers against the Twins, tying Rocky Colavito for
the most against the Minnesota/expansion Washington Senators
franchise. Reggie Jackson and Mickey Mantle hit 51 each.

Justin Morneau hit two home runs for Minnesota, his ninth career
multihomer game and fifth this season. Torii Hunter also homered.

"It doesn't really matter if you lose the game," a dejected
Morneau said. "It's tough."

Morneau homered for the first time in his native Canada and has
28 this season, the third-highest total in the major leagues.

"It's too bad to see a performance like he had tonight be
wasted," Santana said.

Shaun Marcum (6-4) allowed four runs and eight hits in six
innings. Casey Janssen pitched 1 2-3 perfect innings, Scott Downs
got Morneau on a grounder to end the eighth and Jeremy Accardo
finished for his 16th save in 19 chances.

Johnson gave Toronto its fifth leadoff homer this year. After
Thomas boosted the lead, Morneau's first homer cut it to 3-1 in the
second. Rios homered leading off the third, but Joe Mauer tripled
in the fourth and Morneau's second homer pulled Minnesota to 4-3.

Poor baserunning cost Minnesota a chance to tie the score in the
fifth. Jason Tyner led off with a hit and went to third when Nick
Punto singled past shortstop Royce Clayton, who was covering second
base on a hit-and-run.

Luis Castillo followed with a grounder to first baseman Matt
Stairs
, who caught Tyner in a rundown between third and home. Third
baseman Troy Glaus tagged out Tyner, then wheeled and threw to
Clayton, who was covering third and tagged out Punto to complete
the 3-2-5-6 double play.

"That wasn't very pretty," Gardenhire said. "That one hurt
us. We had a chance to score some runs and we kind of ran ourselves
right out of it. Things like that will kill you when you're trying
to come back."

Hunter hit a solo homer in the sixth.

Game Notes
The Blue Jays also hit four homers in a 9-8, 13-inning win
at Minnesota on May 26. ... Morneau's second-inning homer stopped a
23-inning scoreless streak by Toronto pitchers.