TORONTO (CBS/AP) – Trevor Cahill pitched eight strong innings for his first win of the season, Conor Jackson singled home the go-ahead run and the Oakland Athletics beat the Toronto Blue Jays 2-1 on Thursday afternoon.
Brian Fuentes closed it out for his first save as the Athletics avoided a three-game sweep. Fuentes gave up a two-out single to Adam Lind before getting Aaron Hill to fly out.
Oakland trailed 1-0 going into the eighth when Andy LaRoche led off with a double and advanced to third on Cliff Pennington’s sacrifice. Jason Frasor (1-1) replaced starter Ricky Romero and fanned Coco Crisp, but strike three was a wild pitch that bounced away from J.P. Arencibia, allowing LaRoche to score and Crisp to move safely to first.
Crisp stole second and third before scoring on Jackson’s single.
Shawn Camp replaced Frasor after Josh Willingham was hit by a pitch. Camp got Kevin Kouzmanoff to ground into a fielder’s choice to end the inning.
Cahill (1-0) came in 0-2 with an 8.04 ERA in three starts against Toronto, but kept the Blue Jays in check. He allowed one run and three hits, walked none with seven strikeotus.
Cahill and Romero kept it scoreless through the first five innings.
Hill singled to start the second, stole second and went to third on a grounder but was stranded when Travis Snider struck out. Oakland’s Daric Barton hit a one-out double in the sixth and went to third on a grounder but Willingham was caught looking for the third out.
Toronto broke through in the bottom of the sixth when Arencibia led off with a double and scored on a two-out single to right by Jayson Nix. A stolen base put Nix in scoring position, but Jackson made a sliding catch on Lind’s sinking liner to end the threat.
Romero allowed one run and four hits in 7 1-3 innings. He walked two and struck out five.
Oakland infielder Mark Ellis was held out of the starting lineup because of an inner-ear problem and dizziness, but came on as a defensive replacement in the eighth. It was the 1,000th game of his career.
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