After getting shut out in back-to-back games, the Toronto Blue Jays appeared to get back on track in the series opener against the Minnesota Twins.
With help from Edwin Encarnacion and Jose Reyes, the Blue Jays will try to have an even better performance Tuesday night when they face struggling Twins right-hander Kevin Correia.
Toronto (39-26) batted .301 and averaged 5.8 runs while winning 15 of 17 but had that stretch interrupted by a pair of 5-0 losses to St. Louis this weekend. The Blue Jays ended that scoreless stretch with one swing from Encarnacion in the first inning of a 5-4 victory Monday.
The first baseman's three-run shot was his 14th homer in 23 games and 20th this season. He had gone five contests without going deep.
Reyes extended his hit streak to 10 games by going 3 for 5 with a solo homer, but the Blue Jays needed Kevin Pillar's ninth-inning single for a win after Casey Janssen blew his second save opportunity in 13 chances.
"The last two games have been kind of tough for us," said Reyes, who has hit safely in 28 of 30. "We're just happy to get this win."
The Blue Jays will try to earn a more decisive win Tuesday by adding to Correia's woes. He's 1-4 in his last six starts as opponents have hit .343 against him with six homers. He blew a four-run lead in losing to Milwaukee on Tuesday, giving up five runs and a season-high 10 hits in an 8-5 defeat.
"Baseball's just a weird sport in that way. There's a lot of variables that come into play," Correia said. "Sometimes there's streaks for it feels like everything's going against you, and sometimes there's streaks where it feels like everything's going for you."
A matchup with Toronto wouldn't seem to favor Correia (2-7, 6.11 ERA) breaking out of his funk. He's 1-3 with a 7.04 ERA in four career matchups with the Blue Jays and lost both in 2013 with a 6.75 ERA.
This game will be a rematch of the last of those two meetings, an 11-2 loss Sept. 7 when J.A. Happ gave up one unearned run in 5 2-3 innings to win his first career start against Minnesota (29-33).
Happ (5-2, 4.12) has experienced his ups and downs since joining the Blue Jays' rotation May 5. The right-hander gave up three runs in 6 1-3 innings to beat Detroit in Thursday's 7-3 win, six days after allowing a season-high six in 7 2-3 innings of a 6-1 loss to Kansas City.
The Blue Jays have won 10 of 12 at home over the Twins, but the teams have split four overall meetings this season.
Reyes has seven hits in his last 15 at-bats against Correia while Encarnacion has one in his past nine.
Kendrys Morales, 1 for 3 in his Twins debut Monday, doubled in one of his three at-bats against Happ.