American League Game Summary - Toronto at Oakland|
(Sunday, August 5th)
Final Score: Toronto 6, Oakland 5
Oakland, CA (Sports Network) - Edwin Encarnacion hit a two-run homer, Yunel
Escobar drove in a pair, and the Toronto Blue Jays edged the Oakland
Athletics, 6-5, in the finale of a four-game series on Sunday.
Anthony Gose and Kelly Johnson each had two hits and drove in a run for the
Blue Jays, who have won two straight after dropping six in a row. Rajai Davis
had two hits and scored twice.
Aaron Laffey (3-2) earned the win after giving up four runs on six hits with
four strikeouts over six innings.
Casey Janssen worked around a one-out walk to earn his 14th save of the
Josh Reddick hit a three-run homer and Coco Crisp and Derek Norris each drove
in a run for the A's, losers in four of their last six games.
Tommy Milone (9-9) was saddled with the loss after allowing all six runs on
nine hits over six frames. He struck out four and issued one walk -- an
intentional free pass in the fifth. Milone has walked one or fewer batters in
each of his last nine starts.
"I couldn't get that one big pitch that I needed," said Milone. "I was leaving
balls up over the plate and they were capitalizing on them. Just try to forget
about it and move on to the next one."
With a runner on first and one out in the ninth, Jemile Weeks ripped a line
drive down the third base line but Yan Gomes snared the ball and fired to
first, doubling off pinch-runner Eric Sogard to complete the game-ending
Toronto wasted no time and took a 1-0 lead in the first. Davis doubled to
left and then scored on a Gose sacrifice bunt. Davis broke for third before
Gose put the bunt down and never stopped. As Norris threw to first for the
force out, Davis rounded third and scored.
Oakland knotted it up in the third. Brandon Inge singled before scoring on
Norris' double to left-center.
The A's tacked on three more in the third to go up 4-1. Weeks walked and Jonny
Gomes singled before Josh Reddick clobbered a homer to right.
But the Blue Jays added two in the fourth and three in the fifth to take a 6-4
In the fourth, Gose singled before Encarnacion lifted a homer to left-center.
The homer cleared the fence by a few feet, but it was inches from being caught
by Coco Crisp, who scaled the fence in an attempt to rob Encarnacion of his
"We had been struggling the last couple of games," Encarnacion said. "I hit
that homer and we started getting some emotion and swinging the bats better."
With two outs in the fifth, Davis singled to left and Gose doubled to put
runners on second and third. Encarnacion was intentionally walked and Yunel
Escobar made the A's pay with a single to plate Davis and Gose. Johnson
followed with a single to score Encarnacion, who moved to third on Escobar's
Oakland added one in the seventh on Crisp's RBI double.
Encarnacion and Moises Sierra also had two hits for Toronto...The Blue Jays
improve to 93-98 at Oakland...The A's are 18-35 when opponents score first and
20-16 in series finales...Milone hasn't won a start since July 14.
08/05 21:18:11 ET