A half dozen pitchers and every one of them well pitched in.

Bracketed by starter Mark Buehrle and closer Casey Janssen Toronto’s mound-committee fashioned an entertaining 5-4 win over Oakland on Saturday that knocked the A’s out of their shared perch atop the American League West.

Along the Boulevard of Broken Blue Jay Dreams that this season has become the small triumphs must be savoured.

Had not Jose Reyes drilled a seventh-inning homer that provided a crucial two-run cushion the outcome might have been entirely different. Because Janssen first put the game in peril and then deftly extricated his club from trouble as paramount stopper and quick-thinking fielding earning a 21st save.
It was adventurous.

First batter Janssen faced was smoking-hot Josh Reddick the third-baseman who arrived in town mired in a 0-for-20 hitless streak but found at the Rogers Centre the cure for what ailed him — five jacks in 24 hours doubling his dinger output for 2013 three in Friday’s 14-6 blowout a brace Saturday.

After nicking Buehrle with a two-run blast on a 1-0 change-up in the second inning the 26-year-old provided his own cloned encore jumping on Janssen’s cut fastball offering — fat over the plate — and lining it just inside the right field foul pole.

“I was trying to get ahead’’ Janssen explained later. “Didn’t do that on the first pitch wanted to get back in the count. He’s been swinging the bat really well this series and I let him continue it.’’
Thus arose the now familiar local sight of Reddick’s home run trot.

Let Reddick pick up the narrative: “This ball park obviously the ball takes off pretty good. Just getting good swings barrel on the ball finally placing it at the right time the perfect ball park for it.’’
Whatever put the sudden boogie in Reddick’s bat he’s totally chuffed.

“The confidence is definitely there right now especially the last two days. It’s made going in the batter’s box right a lot more comfortable. I feel like they can’t get me out right now.’’

Jays manager John Gibbons will take his chances with R.A. Dickey’s knuckler on Sunday but is considering maybe pitching around Reddick in the series finale Monday. That’s respect or at least self-preservation.