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Rookie Mark Redman went away from his strength to beat the Blue Jays.

"My changeup is my bread and butter pitch, but I challenged them with my fastball," Redman said after allowing four hits in seven innings as the Minnesota Twins won their fourth straight, 4-1 over Toronto on Tuesday night.

"Pitching inside with my fastball was a big key for me tonight."

Redman (4-0) gave up one run, struck out five and walked three to improve to win his third straight decision since entering the rotation May 5.

"My fastball has kept me in games," said Redman, whose fastball tops out at 92 mph. "I'm using it more. In the past I'd use that changeup, but now I have a good fastball. It's underrated. It's not how hard you throw it, it's where you throw it. It's about pitching inside and getting ahead of guys."

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  • Hector Carrasco, Travis Miller and LaTroy Hawkins finished the five-hitter, with Hawkins getting two outs for his second save.

    Cristian Guzman walked three times before homering off Toronto starter Kelvim Escobar (4-6) in the sixth to give Minnesota a 3-1 lead.

    "If he's going to make an impact at the major league level he needs to take walks," Minnesota manager Tom Kelly said. "He had a terrific night."

    After Guzman walked in the first, Minnesota took a 2-0 lead as Matt Lawton, Ron Coomer and Butch Huskey hit consecutive singles.

    The Blue Jays cut it to 2-1, when Jose Cruz hit a groundball past first baseman Coomer, scoring Carlos Delgado. Coomer raised his arms as the ball rolled past him for a single.

    After Jacque Jones singled in the eighth, Guzman doubled and Matt Lawton hit a sacrifice fly to make it 4-1.

    Escobar walked seven in six innings. He gave up seven hits.

    "It's frustrating," Escobar said. "You have to throw strikes. I'll take a look at the video and try to make an adjustment as soon as possible."


  • There was a moment of silence before the game for hockey great Maurice "Rocket" Richard. Richard died Saturday. His funeral is Wednesday.
  • Redman made his fifth start of the season.
  • SkyDome's roof was open.
  • The Twins stranded 13 runners.
  • Delgado had three walks.
  • Guzman went 2-for-2.
  • Redman went 9-9 with a 5.05 ERA with Triple A Salt Lake last season.
  • Redman has limited the opposition to three runs or less in four of his five starts.
  • Redman has won five straight decisions dating back to Aug. 22, 1999.
  • The Blue Jays are 2-6 in their last eight home games.

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