Blue Jays hit 4 home runs, send Twins to 8th straight loss

Russell Martin and Justin Smoak each homered and drove in five runs as the Toronto Blue Jays hammered Minnesota 15-8 Friday night, handing the Twins their eighth straight loss.

Josh Donaldson, who drove in three runs, and Darwin Barney, who had three hits, also each homered. Francisco Liriano posted his first win with the Blue Jays as they took a one-game lead in the AL East over Boston.

Trevor Plouffe hit a solo homer for the last-place Twins. Minnesota has been tagged for at least eight runs in four straight games.

Liriano gave up four runs and two hits in five innings to win for the first time in four starts since Toronto got him a trade with Pittsburgh on Aug. 1. He is 7-12 overall, and is 3-1 in five career starts against Minnesota, his team from 2005 to 2012.

Smoak connected off Pat Dean (1-4) in the second inning and Donaldson followed three batters later with his 30th.

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