The Oakland A’s battered the Toronto Blue Jays 14-6 as Josh Reddick deposited three home runs into the seats at the Rogers Centre. All three of the right fielder’s home runs came with two outs, and Reddick now has eight on the season. The club also tallied 17 hits and a season-high five home runs.
The win over the Blue Jays ends a three-game slide for the A’s as the team had also lost four out of five. The A’s improve to 65-49 on the season while the Texas Rangers are 65-50 pending the outcome of their game with the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park.
Jarrod Parker, who started the game for the A’s went six innings and allowed three runs on six hits. The right-hander improves to 8-6 on the season and hasn’t lost since May 22.
Esmil Rogers meanwhile, who started for the Blue Jays, lasted three innings and served up seven runs as he allowed seven hits and walked two batters. Combined with his outing against the A’s at the O.co Coliseum on July 29, Rogers has now allowed 15 runs over 7.1 innings against the A’s in 2013.
The A’s got off to a fortuitous start in the first inning as Jed Lowrie gave the team an early 3-0 advantage as he clubbed his ninth home run into the seats beyond right field. Yoenis Cespedes then put the A’s up 4-0 after just four batters as he drove his 18th home run of the season to left off Rogers.
In the second inning Seth Smith ripped a double down the right field line. The two-base hit was Smith’s first since July 31 against the Blue Jays. Later in the second Rogers was called for a balk, and after just two innings the A’s led 6-0.
In the bottom half of the inning, however, Parker was roughed up a bit. The Blue Jays scored three runs to get back in the game as Parker was hurt by an ill-advised dive by Coco Crisp in center field, and an apparent blown call by the umpire at second base.
Reddick crushed his first of three home runs in the top of the third inning. The 26-year-old smashed an offering from Rogers off the facing of the second deck. The drive broke an 0-for-20 drought for Reddick.
Then in the fifth inning, Reddick added his second home run, as he drove a high fly ball to left field that carried over the wall. The opposite field shot gave the A’s a 8-3 lead over the Blue Jays.
Reddick ripped his third home run an inning later as he became the first A’s player to hit three home runs in a single game since Erubiel Durazo back in 2004.
In the seventh inning, Eric Sogard extended his hitting streak to 14-games, and Adam Rosales, who had just been reclaimed by the club on waivers, made an appearance as a pinch runner for Lowrie. The switch-hitter ended his night 4-for-4, a triple shy of the cycle.
Pat Neshek allowed a pair of home runs in the 8th, but Jerry Blevins came on to close out the win for Oakland.
Sonny Gray (0-0, 0.00 ERA), who has already joined the club in Toronto, makes his MLB debut as a starter in game two of the series. The 2011 first-round draft pick allowed three runs on eight hits over 6.1 innings in his final outing in Triple-A before getting the call. The 23-year-old Gray made two relief appearances for the A’s in July as he tossed four shutout innings.
With first pitch scheduled for 10:07 a.m., the Blue Jays send Mark Buehrle (7-7, 4.41 ERA) to the mound. The veteran left-hander blanked the A’s over seven innings as the Blue Jays rolled to a 5-0 win on July 30 in Oakland.