Rookie Joe Mays lives his life on the run and he wasted no time in dispatching the Toronto Blue Jays on Thursday.
Mays, who sprints between the dugout and the mound, scattered four singles in seven-plus innings and worked his way out of a bases-loaded, no-outs jam in the seventh to lift the Minnesota Twins over Pat Hentgen and the Toronto Blue Jays 3-0.
"I run out there to get my blood flowing, my heart pumping," said Mays, who improved to 5-2 since his promotion to the starting rotation.
Mays' propensity to speed things along hurt him in the seventh, however, when he loaded the bases with nobody out before escaping damage after a visit to the mound from pitching coach Dick Such.
"He had to go and make it interesting," Kelly said. "You've got to give the pitching coach some credit. don't know what he told him, but he turned it around and got three wonderful outs."
Mays said Such's message was to slow down.
"He told me just relax and don't try to finish the inning before you start it," Mays said. "I was trying to get through the ninth inning before I got through that inning. That made it tough; I was looking too far ahead."
"He's got a good breaking ball. It's hard to judge how good his breaking ball is until you see it," said McRae, who was traded from Colorado to Toronto on Monday. "It seemed like he made up for his mistakes with good breaking pitches."
Mays walked two and struck out a career-high eight. He gave way to Wells after Tony Fernandez led off the eighth with a single.
Toronto's lead in the AL wild-card race was cut to a half-game over idle Boston with its first loss in five games.
Hentgen (7-9) entered with an 11-2 record against Minnesota, and he toyed with the Twins until the sixth, when Javier Valentin led off the inning with a single for Minnesota's second hit.
Marty Cordova led off the seventh with a double on a ball that left fielder Stewart lost in the Metrodome's ceiling, advanced on Corey Koskie's bunt single and scored on Brent Gate's line-drive single.
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