Oakland Winning Streak Ends; Toronto Tops A’s, 10-4
TORONTO (CBS AP) – Edwin Encarnacion hit a three-run home run, Kelly Johnson added a solo shot and the Toronto Blue Jays ended the Oakland Athletics’ seven-game winning streak with a 10-4 victory Thursday.
Johnson went 2 for 4 with two RBIs as the Blue Jays avoided a three-game sweep and rebounded from Wednesday’s 16-0 loss, their most one-sided shutout defeat.
Travis Snider had two hits and two RBIs, driving in the tying run with a squeeze bunt, and Brett Lawrie scored three runs for Toronto.
Brandon Inge hit a two-run homer and Josh Reddick added a solo drive for the Athletics, who are 16-3 in July and 10-2 since the All-Star break.
Brandon Lyon (1-0) pitched 1 1-3 innings for his first win since joining Toronto in a 10-player trade with Houston on Friday. Darren Oliver handled the eighth, and Casey Janssen finished.
Toronto starter Aaron Laffey allowed four runs, five hits and three walks in 5 2-3 innings.
Tommy Milone (9-7) gave up eight runs — five earned — and six hits in seven innings with no walks and seven strikeouts.
Reddick’s 22nd homer put Oakland ahead in the first, and Inge hit a two-run drive in the third for a 3-0 lead.
Held hitless in the first three innings, Toronto tied it in the fourth on Encarnacion’s career-high 27th homer. Reddick’s RBI grounder gave Oakland a 4-3 lead in the fifth, but Toronto went ahead 5-4 in the sixth when Snider bunted home a run on a safety squeeze and Lawrie scored as Milone’s throw hit Snider in the back for an error.
Johnson homered in the seventh, just his second since May 28 and 11th this season. Toronto added four runs in the eighth against Sean Doolittle. Snider, Johnson and Jeff Mathis hit RBI doubles and Yan Gomes added a sacrifice fly.
NOTES: Toronto SS Yunel Escobar (back) missed his second straight game. Omar Vizquel started for the Blue Jays. Toronto manager John Farrell said LHP Ricky Romero, who has lost six consecutive starts, will make his next scheduled start Monday at Seattle. Kurt Suzuki started at C for the Athletics but was replaced by pinch hitter Seth Smith in the ninth after taking a foul ball off his left hand.
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