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Jays use big inning to sweep Twins and get above .500

• Start me up: Jesse Litsch became the fifth straight Jays starter to record a victory. Toronto starters are 5-0 with a 1.25 ERA in the past five games. It's the first time since June 8-13, 2003, that Toronto has received five consecutive wins from its starting pitchers.

• Opposite directions: While the Jays are hot (five straight wins), the Twins lost their season-worst fourth consecutive game.

• Quotable: "It's getting too late in the season to be getting swept. We're running out of games. We're
losing too much ground. If we keep playing like this, we're going
to be out of it real quick." -- Twins catcher Mike Redmond

-- ESPN.com news services

Blue Jays 13, Twins 1

TORONTO (AP) -- With one big inning, the Toronto Blue Jays swept
aside the Minnesota Twins.

Gregg Zaun homered and drove in four runs, and the Blue Jays
tied a franchise record with an 11-run sixth inning in a 13-1
victory over the Twins on Wednesday that completed a three-game
sweep.

"I definitely feel like we're riding a wave of confidence right
now," Zaun said. "Everybody is doing something. It's not one guy
carrying the club. It's 25 guys on the roster making their
contributions."

Toronto (51-50) has won a season-high five straight to move over
.500 for the first time since June 27, when it was 39-38. Minnesota
(51-50) lost its fourth straight, matching a season worst.

"We obviously had a terrible series here," Twins manager Ron
Gardenhire said. "That was real ugly today."

It's the fourth time this season the Twins have been swept.
Minnesota dropped 9½ games back of AL Central-leading Detroit,
which beat the Chicago White Sox 13-9 on Wednesday.

"It's getting too late in the season to be getting swept,"
catcher Mike Redmond said. "We're running out of games. We're
losing too much ground. If we keep playing like this, we're going
to be out of it real quick."

Zaun singled and scored in the fifth, then added both an RBI
double and a three-run homer in the sixth. He finished 3-for-4,
scored three runs and came within a triple of the cycle.

Jesse Litsch (3-4) allowed one run and five hits over seven
innings, walking one and striking out four.

Toronto starters are 5-0 with a 1.25 ERA in the past five games.
It's the first time since June 8-13, 2003, that Toronto has
received five consecutive wins from its starting pitchers.

"It's awesome," Litsch said. "Hopefully we can keep building
on it."

Toronto outscored Minnesota 26-5 in the series.

"Pitching is always going to set the tone for you," Blue Jays
manager John Gibbons said. "If they shut down the opposition it
gives you a chance, but we've gone above and beyond that. We've
really shut down the other teams and the offense has really come to
life."

The Twins opened the scoring in the fourth on Justin
Morneau's RBI single. Lyle Overbay put Toronto in front with a
two-run double in the fifth before the Blue Jays broke open the
game in the sixth.

Frank Thomas drew a leadoff walk but was erased at second when
Matt Stairs grounded into a fielder's choice. Aaron Hill reached on
third baseman Luis Rodriguez's fielding error before Zaun hit an
RBI double and John McDonald chased Carlos Silva (8-11) with a
two-run triple.

Dennys Reyes replaced Silva but was lifted after giving up an
RBI single to pinch-hitter Troy Glaus and a walk to Overbay. Juan
Rincon didn't fare much better, surrendering an RBI single to Alex Rios, a walk to Vernon Wells, a run-scoring single to Thomas and an
RBI double to Stairs.

Matt Guerrier took over for Rincon and got Hill to ground out
before Zaun homered into the right-field bullpen. The 14-batter
frame finally ended when McDonald flied out.

"The inning got real ugly," Gardenhire said. "We couldn't
throw the ball over the plate and when we did, they whacked it into
the gaps."

Silva lost for the first time in three starts, allowing six runs
and eight hits over 5 1/3 innings. He walked two and struck out
one.

"If you're going to make mistakes against that team, the way
they're playing right now, you're going to pay for it," Silva
said. "They've been playing very good baseball."

Notes

Toronto had last scored 11 runs on April 26, 1995, against
Oakland. ... Joe Mauer, who had caught 10 of the Twins' past 12
games, got the day off and was replaced by Redmond. ... Reyes
allowed an earned run for the first time in 18 appearances since
coming off the disabled list June 14. ... Every Blue Jays starter
except Howie Clark had at least one hit.