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(Thursday, July 26th)
Final Score: Toronto 10, Oakland 4
Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Travis Snider's safety squeeze led to two runs and proved to be the turning point as the Toronto Blue Jays snapped Oakland's seven-game winning streak and avoided a three-game sweep with a 10-4 win.
Toronto designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion picked up two hits, including his 27th home run -- a new career high.
Kelly Johnson homered and knocked in two runs for the Jays, who were outscored 23-2 over the first two games in the series.
Brandon Lyon (1-0) picked up his first win as a Blue Jay after Toronto acquired the reliever from Houston on July 20.
Oakland chased Aaron Laffey from the game after 5 2/3 innings. Laffey, who had recorded quality starts in four of his last five outings, gave up four runs on five hits and three walks.
"For the most part I wasn't happy about the walks," Laffey said. "But, overall, I thought I threw the ball pretty well."
Toronto shelled Tommy Milone (9-7). Milone, who had not given up more than two earned runs since June 13, was tagged for six runs -- five earned -- in seven innings. The left-hander did not issue a walk and struck out seven in a losing effort.
"He threw the ball good today," A's catcher Kurt Suzuki said. "Just made a couple mistakes, and good teams jump on them."
With Toronto trailing by a run in the sixth inning and runners on second and third with one out, Snider dropped a safety squeeze down the third-base line to score Colby Rasmus. Milone then drilled Snider in the back on his throw to first, allowing Brett Lawrie to come around to score and give Toronto a 5-4 lead.
Kelly Johnson jumped on a 2-2 curveball in the seventh and drove it over the right-field fence to give Toronto a two-run lead.
The Blue Jays blew the game open with four runs in the eighth. Snider drove in a run with a double, Yan Gomes lifted a sacrifice fly and then Johnson and Jeff Mathis knocked in two more runs with back-to-back doubles to open up a six-run lead.
Darren Oliver and Casey Janssen combined for two perfect innings of relief to close out the win.
Oakland used the long ball to take a three-run lead early in the game.
Josh Reddick hit a two-out solo shot in the first to spot Oakland an early lead, and Brandon Inge launched a two-out, two-run homer in the fourth to left to make it 3-0.
Encarnacion tied the game in the bottom half of the fourth with a three-run shot before Oakland regained the lead in the fifth when Jemile Weeks crossed the plate as Reddick beat out a double play.
"It was supposed to be a cutter in," Milone said about the Encarnacion home run. "It just kind of flattened out and stayed over the plate, pretty much right where he wants it."
Milone, who surrendered two home runs, has now allowed 17 home runs on the road this season and only one at home...Toronto went 5-for-7 with runners in scoring position and stranded two...Oakland went 0-for-2 with runners in scoring position and left four on base...The Blue Jays out-hit Oakland 12-5.
07/26 18:57:08 ET
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