American League Game Summary - Oakland at Toronto|
(Tuesday, July 24th)
Final Score: Oakland 7, Toronto 2
Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Derek Norris hit a two-run homer and Yoenis
Cespedes drove in three runs to lead the Oakland Athletics to a 7-2 win over
the Toronto Blue Jays in the opener of a three-game set at Rogers Centre.
Jemile Weeks had two hits, including an RBI triple, and Coco Crisp doubled
in a run as part of a five-run seventh inning for the A's, who have won a
season-high six in a row and nine of 10 since the All-Star break.
Travis Blackley (3-2) allowed just one run on five hits and struck out eight
over seven frames, as Oakland moved to 15-2 this month.
"I didn't think (Blackley) was great the first two innings maybe," Oakland
manager Bob Melvin said. "But after that he pitched really well and mixed up
his pitches really well. (Norris) did a great job with him behind the
plate, kind of recognizing what was working for him and sticking with that."
Travis Snider and J.P. Arencibia each homered and Brett Lawrie had three hits
for the Blue Jays, who had a three-game winning streak halted.
Brett Cecil (2-3) gave up two runs on five hits over six innings to drop his
second straight start. He struck out eight and walked two.
"With the exception of a first-pitch fastball to Norris, (Cecil) used his
change-up, and his curve ball, and his cutter to get in to right-handers and
had a number of guys off balance over the course of the night," Blue Jays
manager John Farrell said.
The A's took a 2-0 lead in the second when Norris crushed his third homer of
the year. Brandon Inge singled before Norris clobbered the first pitch he saw
into the second the deck in left field.
Snider's solo blast in the third made it 2-1.
Oakland scored five runs with two outs in the seventh. Brandon Hicks doubled
then scored when Weeks blasted a triple off the wall in right-center. Crisp
followed with a double. Jonny Gomes and Josh Reddick worked back-to-back walks
before Cespedes cleared the bases with a long single to left.
"In two innings tonight the third out was a little elusive," Farrell added.
"The way Blackley was pitching, that was obviously too big a hole for us to
come back. We contributed to that big inning in the seventh with some walks
and it was too much to overcome by that point."
Arencibia's homer in the ninth off Jim Miller capped the scoring.
The A's have won seven of their last 11 meetings with the Blue Jays...Blackley
last faced Toronto in 2004 when we was with the Mariners. He gave up six runs
-- five earned -- in five innings to take the loss...Cecil has allowed three
runs or fewer in five starts this season...The Blue Jays are 9-11 against the
American League West this season.
07/25 01:49:19 ET