Unable to muster much offense for starter Dan Straily the A's broke free in the ninth inning to score four times and claim a 5-1 win over Toronto in the finale of a four-game series. The A's opened the game with a Chris Young homer then spent eight innings getting nothing off J.A. Happ and fellow Toronto lefty Aaron Loup. Once the Jays went to closer Casey Janssen a right-hander in a 1-1 game in the ninth everything broke Oakland's way. Josh Donaldson's single and Brandon's Moss's one-out pinch-hit double got the inning started and once the Jays had intentionally walked Josh Reddick the A's had the bases loaded with one out. Alberto Callaspo whose error in the bottom of the eighth helped a 1-0 A's lead slip away redeemed himself by another bit of late-inning heroics. Callaspo who broke a 3-all tie with a two-run double in the eighth inning Sunday delivered another double this time also good for two runs. Stephen Vogt added an RBI single and Eric Sogard whose defense kept the Jays from taking the lead in the bottom of the eighth contributed a sacrifice fly to what turned out to be a game-winning four-run rally. It was too late to get the win for Straily who took a shutout into the seventh inning but the A's emerged from the series having won three of four from the Jays and thus finished a six-game road trip with a 3-3 record. Straily took the mound with a 1-0 lead and protected it for seven innings like a mother bear watching out for her offspring. The Blue Jays got a two-out walk and a single to put men at the corners in the first but Adam Lind struck out. From that point on Toronto never had more than one man on base at a time until the eighth inning. With one out Jose Reyes and Macier Izturis backed up singles once again putting men at first and third.
A's rally in ninth inning to beat Toronto Blue Jays 5-1
Oakland Tribune | Aug 12