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Minnesota Twins’ Brian Dozier is congratulated by Danny Santana after hitting a two-run home run against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre on Tuesday. USA Today Sports

TORONTO – Kevin Correia said he didn’t change anything. The difference is that he had some good results in earning his third win of the season on Tuesday.

The right-hander pitched into the seventh inning and Brian Dozier hit a two-run homer in the first inning as the Minnesota Twins defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 4-0.

It was the second game in a row in which Dozier hit a first-inning home run.

“I felt like I’ve been throwing the ball well and just not getting the results,” Correia said. “I just stuck to what I’ve been doing. I went out there and I didn’t change a lot tonight and stuck to what I’ve been doing I got a better result out of it.”

It was the third time in the past four games that the Blue Jays, who lead the American League East, have been shut out. The St. Louis Cardinalsblanked Toronto 5-0 in successive games on Saturday and Sunday.

“You never see that coming,” Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. “Naturally as hot as we were, you figure you’re going to cool off a little bit. We hit some balls on the money tonight right at somebody. Correia, I thought, was hitting his spots pretty good too. That’s baseball, that’s the way it goes sometimes. When you’re not hitting, you’ve got to match them on the mound and we didn’t do that.”

The victory by the Twins (30-33) evened the three-game series, with the rubber match to be played Wednesday afternoon.

Correia (3-7) held the Blue Jays to six hits and one walk while striking out one and reduced his earned-run average to 5.60 in picking up his first win since May 20.

“It looked like he was kind of searching to find it, but once it got going, he got his confidence, started making pitches,” Twins manager Ron Gardenhiresaid. “Great performance by him.”

Toronto left-hander J.A. Happ (5-3) fell behind before he got an out, when Dozier, the Twins’ second baseman, hit a two-run homer in the first.

“He was getting ahead but he just couldn’t put anybody away,” Gibbons said. “He had to work way too hard tonight. They worked him pretty good. You spot them two runs in the first, you figure you’re going to score some runs, but it never helps you.”

Happ allowed six hits, three walks and four runs (three earned) in 3 2/3 innings. Right-hander Chad Jenkins replaced him and pitched 3 1/3 innings, allowing one hit.

“They’re a good hitting team,” Happ said. “They’re patient and they battled a lot there. They fouled off a lot of balls. I felt good. I felt the same as I have the last few starts. Results are the only thing that matter. I felt the same. I felt like I was locating pretty good for the most part.”

Correia was replaced by left-hander Brian Duensing after Blue Jays catcher Dioner Navarro led off the seventh with his second single of the game.

Pinch-hitter Steve Tolleson struck out and pinch-hitter Kevin Pillar forced Navarro at second before shortstop Jose Reyes extended his hit streak to 11 games with a single to left. But left fielder Melky Cabrera lined out to third to end the threat.

Right-hander Jared Burton took over in the eighth and set the Blue Jays (39-27) down in order and left-hander Glen Perkins pitched the ninth.

Dozier hit his first-inning homer to left on an 0-1 changeup to give the Twins a 2-0 lead. His 14th homer of the season scored center fielder Danny Santana, who led off the game with a walk. Santana and Dozier both homered to start Monday’s game, which the Blue Jays won 5-4.

The Blue Jays loaded the bases in the second with one out but Reyes hit a bouncer that Correia snagged and got the force at home. Cabrera bounced out to first to end the inning.

MIN ab r h bi TOR ab r h bi

Santana cf 4 1 2 1 Reyes ss 4 0 1 0

Dozier 2b 5 1 1 2 Cabrera lf 4 0 1 0

Mauer 1b 4 0 0 0 Butist rf 4 0 1 0

Wllnghm lf 3 0 1 0 Encrncn 1b 4 0 0 0

Morales dh 5 1 2 0 Lind dh 4 0 1 0

Arcia rf 2 1 0 0 Lawrie 2b 4 0 1 0

Parml rf 0 0 0 0 Navarro c 4 0 2 0

Nunez 3b 4 0 2 0 Frncsco 3b 2 0 0 0

Suzuki c 3 0 0 0 Tollson ph 2 0 0 0

Escobar ss 4 0 1 0 Gose cf 1 0 0 0

Pillar ph 1 0 0 0

Totals 34 4 9 3 Totals 34 0 7 0

Minnesota 200 200 000 — 4

Toronto 000 000 000 — 0

E—Francisco 1. LOB—Toronto 8, Minnesota 10. 2B—E.Escobar (20), K.Morales (1). HR—Dozier (14). SB—Dozier (14). CS—Nunez (2).



Correia W, 3-7 6 6 0 0 1 1

Duensing 1 1 0 0 0 1

Burton 1 0 0 0 0 0

Perkins 1 0 0 0 0 1


Happ L, 5-3 3 X\c 6 4 3 3 3

Jenkins 3 Z\c 1 0 0 1 3

Delabar 1 1 0 0 0 0

Cecil 1 1 0 0 1 1

Inherited runners-scored—Duensing 1-0, Jenkins 2-0. HBP—K.Suzuki (by Delabar), Arcia (by Jenkins).

Umpires—Home, Sean Barber; First, Chris Guccione; Second, Eric Cooper; Third, Tom Hallion.

T—3:7. A—20,681 (52,383)