Final Score: Toronto 3, Oakland 1 (11 innings)
Oakland, CA (Sports Network) - Edwin Encarnacion scored the winning run in the
11th as the Toronto Blue Jays took a 3-1 win over the Oakland Athletics in the
third of a four-game series.
In the 11th, Encarnacion led off with a single and then stole second. After
Rajai Davis walked, Jeff Mathis struck out, but Encarnacion took off for third
on the pitch and George Kottaras' throw went into the outfield, allowing
Encarnacion to score. Moises Sierra followed with a double to left for a 3-1
Darren Oliver worked a 1-2-3 bottom of the 11th for his second save of the
It was the second game in a row that these two clubs went to extra innings,
but Friday's contest went Oakland's way in a 5-4, 15-inning win.
Jesse Chavez (1-1) left the bases loaded in the bottom of the 10th to get the
win for the Blue Jays, who snapped a six-game losing streak. David Cooper's
solo homer in the ninth sent the game to extra innings.
Ricky Romero started the game for Toronto and gave up just one run on three
hits with four walks and five strikeouts over seven innings.
Derek Norris drove in the only run of the game for the Athletics, who had
taken the first two games of this set.
"Our offense was a little off today," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "We didn't
get too many hits, but again later in the game we had some opportunities to
score some runs, but we didn't."
Oakland starter A.J. Griffin left the game with two outs in the second due to
right shoulder tightness. Jerry Blevins (4-1) was charged with the loss.
After Griffin left the game, Sierra beat out an infield single to keep the
inning alive. Anthony Gose then smacked a pitch off the wall in left-center.
Josh Reddick fielded the ball on a hop and quickly threw it to Adam Rosales,
who one-hopped it to the plate and Kottaras held on after a collision with
Sierra for the final out of the inning.
The Athletics were able to push a run across in the bottom of the second.
Chris Carter led off with a walk, but was later forced out at second on a
fielder's choice by Brandon Inge. A wild pitch moved Inge to second and
Norris followed with a double for a 1-0 lead.
The Blue Jays threatened in the fourth as Encarnacion and Davis both singled
and, with one out, the runners executed a double steal to put the go-ahead run
in scoring position. Norberto, though, got Yan Gomes to fly out to shallow
right and Sierra to ground out and end the frame.
Oakland loaded the bases with two outs in the fifth, but Michael Taylor struck
out swinging to end the frame.
Norberto worked a 1-2-3 fifth then got the first out of the sixth before Pat
Neshek took the mound and retired the next two Jays.
A one-out walk to Gomes in the Toronto seventh didn't damage the A's as Neshek
struck out Sierra and forced a fielder's choice from Gose.
It was the same story, different night, though in the ninth inning as Ryan
Cook served up a game-tying home run again, this one was a solo shot by
Cooper. On Friday, Cook gave up a three-run home run to Jeff Mathis in the
ninth to send the game to extras.
A's outfielder Yoenis Cespedes pinch-ran in the ninth after being held out of
the starting lineup with a sprained right wrist, which he suffered on
Friday...Since Monday, the A's have played three extra inning games and won
two of them...Both teams left eight men on base...Oakland has won five of the
eight games against Toronto this season.
08/04 23:28:06 ET
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