American League Game Summary - Oakland at Toronto|
(Monday, August 12th)
Final Score: Oakland 5, Toronto 1
Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Alberto Callaspo rebounded from an error that
enabled Toronto to tie the game by sparking a four-run ninth inning that
led the Oakland Athletics past the Blue Jays, 5-1, Monday afternoon at Rogers
Jose Reyes scored from third when Callaspo had a Jose Bautista bouncer go off
his glove in the eighth inning. Ryan Cook (5-2), who relieved Oakland starter
Dan Straily after he allowed consecutive one-out singles to Reyes and Maicer
Izturis, then got Edwin Encarnacion to line into an inning-ending double play.
The score wasn't knotted for long, as Oakland scored four runs off Casey
Janssen (4-1). The Toronto closer opted to intentionally walk Josh Reddick
after a pinch double by Brandon Moss put two men in scoring position with one
out. Callaspo then put the A's back in front with a two-run double to right
Stephen Vogt followed with an RBI single and Callaspo came home on Eric
Sogard's sacrifice fly as Oakland captured the series.
"It just kind of snowballed on me," Janssen said about the inning.
After the teams combined for 39 runs over the first three meetings of this
four-game set, the finale featured a pitching duel between Straily and
Toronto's J.A. Happ.
Straily, who came in having lost a personal-worst four straight starts, held
the Blue Jays to six hits -- all singles -- walked three and struck out five
in 7 1/3 innings, the longest outing of his career.
"I was able to execute pitches, keep the ball down in the zone, something that
I hadn't been able to do the last few times out," Straily said.
The A's jumped out quickly, as Chris Young led off the contest by launching a
home run to left field on the 10th pitch of his at-bat.
Happ, making his second start since suffering a skull fracture on May 7, gave
up just two more hits throughout his season-high seven innings on the mound.
The left-hander walked two and fanned six.
Straily had failed to complete five innings in each of his previous three
starts ... Happ retired 14 batters in a row at one point before Callaspo
doubled with two outs in the seventh ... Josh Johnson had been scheduled to
start Monday for Toronto, but he was pushed back to Wednesday due to a sore
forearm ... Reyes went 1-for-4 to extend his hitting streak to 10 games.
08/12 17:32:22 ET