Phil Hughes was dominant again and the middle of the lineup did plenty of damage to earn the Twins their 31st win of the season.

So this is what it's like to watch a starting pitcher dominate.

We're seeing pitching that hasn't been in a Twins uniform since the days of Johan Santana, it seems. Phil Hughes went 7 innings without allowing any runs while striking out 9, and a barrage of extra base hits gave him enough run support this afternoon.

It first started in the first inning, with two outs when Josh Willingham hammered a slider from Jays starting pitcher Marcus Stroman into the second deck down the left field line to give the Twins a 2-0 lead.

In the bottom of the second, Jays catcher Erik Kratz lifted a shallow pop-up to center field. Both middle infielders Eduardo Nunez and Brian Dozier retreated on the ball, but it clanged off Nunez's glove as he and Dozier collided. Kratz ended up with a double, and two innings later Dozier was replaced by Eduardo Escobar, citing lower back stiffness.