Columbia, SC (SportsNetwork.com) - Devin Booker scored 18 points and top- ranked Kentucky put forth a dominating defensive effort to stay unbeaten with a 58-43 victory over South Carolina on Saturday. Aaron Harrison added 13 points for the Wildcats (19-0, 6-0 SEC), who held South Carolina to just 22.6 percent from the field and blocked nine shots. Kentucky is off to its best start since the 2009-10 squad also opened the season with 19 straight wins Sindarius Thornwell was South Carolinas lone player in double figures with 14 points. The Gamecocks (10-8, 1-5) have lost three straight and five of their last six games. Kentucky dropped a 72-67 decision in its last visit to Colonial Life Arena last March and struggled somewhat in the first half Saturday before a late first-half run created some breathing room. A Booker three started a string of seven straight Kentucky points for a 13-8 lead early and the advantage was six at 17-11 after a trey by Harrison with just over 12 minutes left in the half. South Carolina didnt attempt a shot from beyond the arc until Thornwell drained one from the right wing to cap a run of seven straight South Carolina points. It gave the Gamecocks a 24-23 lead with 4 1/2 minutes to play in the half, but South Carolina didnt score again before the intermission. The Gamecocks missed their final six shots and turned the ball over three times during the stretch. Kentucky took full advantage with 11 points, four each from Booker and Tyler Ulis, to grab a 34-24 margin at the break. Booker opened the second half with another 3-pointer and South Carolina could not trim the deficit to single digits. The Wildcats did it with suffocating defense, as the Gamecocks made just 4-of-23 shots in the closing 20 minutes. Kentucky went more than 10 minutes without a made field goal during the second half, but hit nine free throws during that stretch to keep South Carolina at bay. The Wildcats led by as many as 18 in the final minutes. Game Notes Booker finished 2-for-4 from 3-point range and has made 22-of-33 from beyond the arc in his last nine games ... Marcus Lee had four blocks for the Wildcats ... Kentucky shot 46.2 percent, dominating inside with a 24-14 margin in the paint ... The Wildcats converted 12 South Carolina turnovers into 21 points and outscored the Gamecocks 12-2 in transition ... South Carolina held a 40-28 rebounding advantage, thanks to an 18-3 edge on the offensive glass ... The Gamecocks fell to 1-11 all-time against the top-ranked team in the country, with its only win coming against Kentucky on Jan. 26, 2010 ... Kentucky next plays Thursday at Missouri. The Wildcats pounded Mizzou, 86-37, on Jan. 13 in Lexington ... South Carolina will visit LSU on Wednesday. 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Santos walked all three batters he faced, loading the bases with one out when he put on pinch-hitter Trevor Plouffe. The Twins cut the lead to 5-4 when Josmil Pinto came home on a wild pitch. "Im obviously one of the main guys to blame there. I put us in a bad situation," Delabar said. "That was brutal." The collapse by the Blue Jays bullpen only got worse. Ball four by Santos to pinch-hitter Kurt Suzuki was wild, too, allowing Chris Herrmann to score and tie the game. Santos threw another wild pitch to Brian Dozier, and pinch-runner Pedro Florimon raced home for the lead. J.A. Happ relieved Santos, who took his first blown save in five chances this year. Happ walked two more and then Jason Kubel broke open the game with a two-run single, the only hit of the inning. Santos, who has been handling the ninth-inning role while Casey Janssen is on the disabled list with a strained back, threw only four strikes in 16 pitches. "Coming into that situation, I had to be perfect," Santos said. "Looking back on it now, I felt like I was trying to be too perfect there. Tough, obviously. When you see the position guys go out and play in this cold weather, so many innings, its just a long day." The eight walks allowed is a team record, breaking the previous mark of seven free passes issued in the first inning on June 21, 1994, against Boston. The previous time a team walked eight times in one inning was April 19, 1996, when Texas did so against Baltimore. The record of 11 was set by the Washington Senatorss against the New York Yankees on Sept.dddddddddddd11, 1949. Casey Fien (2-0) pitched a scoreless eighth for the victory. Jose Bautista took over the AL lead with his sixth homer, a solo shot in the fifth inning. Bautista, who also walked and scored in the first, has gone deep 11 times in 14 games at the ballpark the Twins opened in 2010. Thats the same number of homers Joe Mauer has here in 256 games. Toronto starter Dustin McGowan failed to finish the fifth. But all that was forgotten with the wildness that came later in the game. Gibbons said hes never seen anything like what unfolded in the eighth. "We couldnt throw strikes. We didnt pitch good all series," he said. "Its cold, all right. Its cold for both sides. If youre ever going to get to September or October in the playoffs, its going to be cold." Kyle Gibson (3-0) beat the Blue Jays in the first game, the coldest start, 31 degrees, for an outdoor game in Twins history. The young righty breezed through a Toronto lineup that totalled 20 runs in the previous two games. The veteran Dickey didnt handle the cold nearly as well. "Im traditionally a slow starter so hopefully I can get on track next time. The conditions werent a big deal for me today. It wasnt ideal, but it wasnt something where I was coming in trying to soak my fingers in warm water to keep them warm. I just didnt execute when I needed to make a big pitch, and they put good swings on it," said Dickey, whos ERA rose to 6.26. Despite this dud, Dickey has pitched six-plus innings in two of his four starts. After wintry weather forced postponement of Wednesdays game, workers scrambled all morning to melt snow and ice from the seating areas, and the grounds crew dried the warning track. It would have been better for the Blue Jays if the game was snowed out again. "Im sure once we get on the plane well talk about it a little bit," Santos said. "But once we land in Cleveland, its all Cleveland." NOTES: Dickey is 1-3 with a 6.58 ERA in six career starts against the Twins. ... For the first time in 15 games this season, Blue Jays LF Melky Cabrera failed to get a hit. ... Bautista is hitting .336 with 20 home runs in 39 career games against the Twins. ' ' '