Beating this Oakland Athletics team is never easy and the Blue Jays had to work and sweat to get the job done on Friday night.

There were a number of Blue Jays that got the job done in style this game ,led by Liam Hendriks who was making his Jays debut.

The 25-year-old right-hander, who is a native of Perth, Australia, squared up against the A’s, the hottest team in the big leagues, one that had won 11 of its past 13 and had posted a major-league best record of 30-17, thanks chiefly to its road record of 18-7.

Hendriks responded by holding them to one run on three hits over 5.2 innings in pitching the Jays to a 3-2 victory, the ninth win in their past 11 games. With the triumph, the Jays moved to five games over .500 at 27-22 and maintained their slim hold on first place in the AL East standings.

Hendriks, meanwhile, was not alone in earning the plaudits.

Second baseman Steve Tolleson would emerge as the hitting hero, blasting a two-run shot in the second inning, his first home run of the season.

Once Hendriks’ night came to an end in the sixth, Aaron Loup would blank the A’s in the seventh despite allowing singles to the first two hitters.

In the eighth, the combo of Steve Delabar and Brett Cecil allowed one run to make it a 3-2 game with Cecil stranding runners at first and second by whiffing Derek Norris for the third out.

The ninth got dicey, too, as after Casey Janssen retired the first two batters, Coco Crisp would double and move to third on a stolen base.

Janssen fell behind Jed Lowrie 3-1 but fired a strike and then induced a routine grounder to second to end the game.

It was a grind all the way, a page stolen from Oakland’s script.

“That’s one thing about that team over there, they just go at you for nine innings,” manager John Gibbons said of the A’s. “I’ve seen Coco Crisp a lot and he just makes things happen and Casey keeps doing his thing.”

Hendriks had forged a 5-0 record with a 1.48 ERA in 10 starts with the triple-A Buffalo Bisons, which earned him a call-up to see if he could fill the void created in the rotation when Dustin McGowan was shipped back to the bullpen.

He has earned another start as, in his 5.2 innings, he allowed one run on three hits, walked three and struck out three.

He appeared to be a little tentative in the fifth when, with two on and two out, he walked Crisp but came back to end the inning by getting Lowrie to fly out to deep centre to end the inning.

“I thought he was really, really good,” manager John Gibbons said. “He came in there confident, attacked the zone, used the guys behind him. For his debut, I thought he did a heck of a job.”

Hendriks was thrilled to be given the opportunity after spending parts of three seasons with the Minnesota Twins where he went a combined 2-13 with a 6.06 ERA.