TORONTO (CBS / AP) — Yunel Escobar hit a two-run homer in the 10th inning, lifting the Toronto Blue Jays to a 7-6 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday night.
Josh Willingham hit a leadoff homer in the top the 10th to give Oakland a 6-5 lead. But Rajai Davis led off the bottom half with a single against Grant Balfour (0-1) and Escobar followed with a first-pitch homer that landed in the right field bullpen, his first of the season.
Blue Jays right-hander Jason Frasor (1-0) earned the win despite allowing Willingham’s homer.
The Athletics were punished for two errors. Oakland, which committed seven errors over the weekend in losing two of three at home to Seattle, leads the majors with nine miscues.
Oakland opened the scoring with a three-run, five-hit third against Blue Jays left-hander Jo-Jo Reyes. Conor Jackson and Mark Ellis each hit RBI doubles and David DeJesus drove in a run with an infield single.
The Athletics chased Reyes with two more in the fourth. Andy LaRoche singled home a run and Willingham hit a sacrifice fly off reliever Carlos Villanueva.
Toronto got one back in the bottom half off Oakland starter Brandon McCarthy, who didn’t give up a hit to the first 10 batters he faced. Escobar ended that streak with a single, went to third when Adam Lind singled off the first base bag and scored on Aaron Hill’s fielder’s choice.
The Blue Jays took advantage of sloppy Oakland defense to tie it with a four-run sixth. Davis led off with a double and Escobar singled off the glove of third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff before Lind hit a sacrifice fly. Hill hit an RBI single and took second on McCarthy’s throwing error before Juan Rivera reached on a throwing error by Kouzmanoff. Edwin Encarnacion made Oakland pay with an RBI double and Travis Snider capped the rally with an RBI groundout.
Limited to 22 starts over the past three seasons because of shoulder problems, McCarthy made his first start since Oct. 2009. He allowed five runs, four earned, and seven hits in eighth innings, walked one and struck out two.
Reyes allowed five runs and nine hits in 3 1-3 innings, walking one and striking out three.
Coco Crisp hit a one-out double off Jon Rauch in the top of the ninth but Davis ended the inning with a running catch on the warning track to retire Jackson.
NOTES: Seven of Oakland’s 13 hits were for extra bases, including six doubles. … Blue Jays OF Jose Bautista left the team Tuesday for the birth of his first child, a daughter. He’s expected to miss the entire three-game series against Oakland, returning Friday when Toronto visits the Los Angeles Angels. … Davis returned to the lineup after missing two games with a sore right ankle. … Attendance was 11,077.
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