Some strange thoughts went through Jim Fregosi's mind as he watched Minnesota rookie Jason Ryan pitch Monday night.
"With the name Ryan on his back, I was wondering if it was Nolan Ryan," the Blue Jays manager said. "We made the most of our two hits."
The Toronto Blue Jays overcame Ryan's two-hitter to beat the Minnesota Twins 2-1 as Pat Hentgen won consecutive starts for the first time since May.
Ryan (1-1), making just his second career start in the majors, didn't allow many hits, but both drove in runs. The 23-year-old right-hander struck out four and walked three.
"I made a couple of mistakes," Ryan said. "It happens. I just have to tip my hat to Pat."
Hentgen (9-10) allowed just one run and five hits in 7 1-3 innings as Toronto stopped a nine-game home losing streak, the second-longest home skid in team history. He struck out four and walked none.
Graeme Lloyd and Billy Koch finished with hitless relief for Toronto, which remains four games behind Boston, who beat Kansas City 9-1, the AL wild-card leader. Koch got three outs for his 26th save.
Shannon Stewart went 0-for-4, stopping his hitting streak at a career-high 26 games.
After consecutive walks to Carlos Delgado and Shawn Green in the first, Tony Fernandez hit an RBI single.
Tony Batista's homer off the left-field foul pole made it 2-0 in the second.
"I gave up some costly walks and a home run," Ryan said. "The difference was they didn't make as many mistakes."
Ron Coomer hit his 16th homer in the fifth.
Notes The last time the Blue Jays won with only two hits was against the Twins on May 23, 1989. . The game took 2 hours, 18 minutes, the quickest at SkyDome this year. Blue Jays designated hitter David Segui is not expected back soon. Segui has not played since Aug. 7 after breaking a bone in his right hand. Vernon Wells, the Blue Jays' top prospect, was called up to the major leagues Monday. Wells, 20, has quickly been promoted through the Blue Jays' organization this year, hitting .334 with 18 homers, 81 RBIs and 24 steals with three farm teams. Wells went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts. However, he showed a strong and accurate arm, throwing out Todd Walker trying to stretch a single into a double in the second. Chris Carpenter, the Blue Jays most consistent starter this season, will miss his next scheduled start because of inflammation in his right elbow. Carpenter was on the disabled from June 2-28 because of it. Coomer's homer was the Twins' first off Hentgen in 89 2-3 innings. Batista has 26 homers, 21 since the Blue Jays acquired him from Arizona on June 12.
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