American League Game Summary - Oakland at Toronto|
(Friday, August 9th)
Final Score: Oakland 14, Toronto 6
Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Josh Reddick clubbed three homers and drove in
five runs as the Oakland Athletics went on the offensive with a 17-hit attack
in their 14-6 trouncing of the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre.
Reddick, who had just two homers in his last 39 games entering the day, capped
his evening with a three-run blast. Jed Lowrie and Yoenis Cespedes contributed
back-to-back homers in the first inning to begin the onslaught.
"I finally got something to go my way. You hit it over there, they can't catch
it," said Reddick.
The Athletics won for just the second time in eight games, keeping at least a
share of the lead in the AL West. Jarrod Parker (8-6) scattered three runs on
six hits with six strikeouts over six innings to notch the win.
Esmil Rogers (3-7) struggled once again and was beaten badly for a third
straight outing. He got through just three innings, allowing three of the
homers and seven runs. He is 0-5 with a 7.13 ERA over his last nine starts.
"He's battling out there," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. "He's a
competitor. He's just going through a really tough time."
Jose Bautista and Colby Rasmus homered, while Jose Reyes, Brett Lawrie and
Emilio Bonifacio each drove in a run for the Jays in the setback.
Oakland's first four batters of the game reached, with Lowrie clubbing a
three-run homer and Cespedes following right after with a shot over the left
The lead grew to 6-0 the following inning. Rogers balked runners to second and
third, and Coco Crisp knocked in a run with a single. Eric Sogard then lifted
a sacrifice fly to right.
Lawrie, Bonifacio and Reyes each knocked in a run for the Jays to cut their
deficit in half going into the third, but Rogers quickly served up his third
homer of the game, a solo shot to Reddick to make it 7-3.
Reddick went deep again two innings later off reliever Neil Wagner and back-
to-back doubles from Seth Smith and Stephen Vogt pushed the Athletics'
advantage to 9-3.
Juan Perez was next on the hill for Toronto and he couldn't find an answer for
Reddick either. After Lowrie reached with a hit and Josh Donaldson walked in
the sixth, Reddick crushed a 2-0 offering over the right field wall to make it
The scored was 14-3 after Lowrie knocked in his fourth run and Cespedes had an
RBI groundout in the seventh. The Jays got a solo homer from Bautista and a
two-run shot from Rasmus in the eighth.
The Athletics have won six of their last eight games in Toronto ... Sogard
went 2-for-4 to extend his hitting streak to 14 games ... Oakland optioned
pitcher Evan Scribner to Triple-A Sacramento prior to the game ... Bautista
also doubled twice and ended 3-for-5.
08/10 03:01:28 ET