The Oakland Athletics extended their winning streak to six games after defeating the Toronto Blue Jays 7-2 Tuesday night. Through out most of the game it looked like another close game as neither team had much going offensively. A’s Starting pitcher Travis Blackley started the game off slowly and found his groove as he threw seven solid innings and set a career high in strikeouts with eight.
Josh Reddick also provided an assist to Blackley in the first inning. After a leadoff infield single given up to Brett Lawrie and throwing a wild pitch allowing Lawrie to get to second. Colby Rasmus hit a fly ball to right field in which Lawrie attempted to get to third and got gunned down on a great throw by Reddick for a double play.
Offensively Blue Jays starting pitcher Brett Cecil silenced the A’s bats with his changeup and his only mistake came in the second inning. Brandon Inge hit a one out single and the very first pitch a fastball to Derek Norris was hit into the second deck for a two-run home run and the early 2-0 lead.
During the third inning is when the Blue Jays scored their first run of the game on a solo home run by Travis Snider. The only other run came in the ninth inning as J.P. Arencibia hit a solo home run off of Jim Miller.
It wasn’t until Cecil had been taken out that the A’s broke the game open in the seventh inning. Chad Beck recorded the first two outs of the inning then gave up a double to Brandon Hicks and Jemile Weeks hitting ninth in the lineup for the first time all season came through with his sixth triple of the year.
Electing to make Coco Crisp hit right-handed John Farrell went to the bullpen and brought in recently acquired J.A. Happ. That didn’t work out well as the first pitch that he saw he ripped a double to score Weeks. Jonny Gomes walked and during Reddick’s at-bat a double steal worked to perfection and the end result of the at-bat a walk. Yoenis Cespedes opened the game up by lining a single into the gap in left center field in which all three runners scored to give the A’s the seven runs.
This is not a bad way to start a three game series for the A’s after sweeping a four game series at home against the New York Yankees and winning each game by a single run and that includes two walk-off wins. Tomorrow the A’s will look to win their seventh straight with A.J. Griffin on the mound and for the Blue Jays Ricky Romero.