A's pound Blue Jays for 7th straight winJul 26, 2012 - 5:56 AM
Chris Carter homered and drove in three, Brandon Inge had a pair of RBI while Jonny Gomes, Josh Reddick and Derek Norris each knocked in a run for the A's, who have won a season-high seven in a row. It is the club's longest winning streak since it rattled off seven straight wins Sept. 14-20 2009.
A.J. Griffin (3-0) tossed six scoreless innings, allowing three hits and walked two while fanning a career-high nine batters, helping the A's move to 16-2 this month.
"We're winning games now the way we were losing games in the first half," Gomes said. "Teams were taking advantage of our mistakes, our errors."
Edwin Encarnacion and Anthony Gose both doubled for the Blue Jays, losers in six of 11 since the All-Star break.
Ricky Romero (8-7) was pegged with the loss after giving up eight runs on four hits and six walks in just 1 1/3 innings of work.
"For me to come out and have that kind of performance is tough," Romero said. "It was a complete embarrassment."
Blue Jays catcher J.P. Arencibia suffered a fractured right hand and is expected to miss up to six weeks. The 26-year-old took a foul tip off his throwing hand in the second inning.
Oakland wasted no time and took the lead in the first. Gomes walked then scored when Cespedes doubled off the wall in left-center.
The A's broke the game open with an eight-run second. Norris and Jemile Weeks walked to put runners at first and second for Crisp, who delivered an RBI single to left. Gomes followed with a base hit to plate Weeks before Reddick ripped a double to push Crisp across the plate.
With runners on second and third, Romero intentionally walked Cespedes to load the bases. Romero then walked Carter to force in Gomes, cueing the end of his night. Inge welcomed Chad Beck with a double to left that plated Cespedes and Reddick, and Norris followed with a single to push Carter across. A groundout from Brandon Hicks scored Inge to cap the big rally.
Reddick made a sparkling defensive play to cap the second inning, taking an extra base hit away from Travis Snider. In Spiderman-like mode, Reddick used one hand to grab the wall in right and his other to make the catch.
"I thought it was a home run," Griffin said. "It was a weird play. If he would have given a little bit more reaction, I would have been a little more excited. I was just relieved."
Crisp hit a pair of solo homers in both the third and fifth and Carter's solo shot in the sixth made it 12-0 Oakland.
The A's added two more in both the eighth and ninth. Cespedes doubled to right to drive in Seth Smith in the eighth before scoring on a Carter groundout.
Hicks and pinch-hitter Brandon Moss drove in runs in the ninth.
Oakland has won 10 of 11 since the All-Star break...The A's have hit 22 homers since the All-Star break, a major league-high....Toronto has lost eight of its last 12 against the A's, dating back to last season...The Blue Jays are 129-130 under John Farrell.
- OAKLAND: 16
Jul 25 10:21 PM
- Pinch-Hitter Brandon Moss singled to right scoring Brandon Hicks with two out. Runner on first and Seth Smith due up.
Athletics 16, Blue Jays 0 Top 9, 2 OutsJul 25 10:11 PM
- Brandon Hicks doubled to left scoring Derek Norris with none out. Runner on second and Jemile Weeks due up.
Athletics 15, Blue Jays 0 Top 9, 0 OutsJul 25 10:09 PM
- Chris Carter grounded out short to first scoring Yoenis Cespedes with two out. None on and Brandon Inge due up.
Athletics 14, Blue Jays 0 Top 8, 2 OutsJul 25 9:50 PM
- Chris Carter one-out, solo Home Run (6) to left. Brandon Inge due up.
Athletics 12, Blue Jays 0 Top 6, 1 OutJul 25 9:16 PM
- Coco Crisp one-out, solo Home Run 2 (5) to right. Jonny Gomes due up.
Athletics 11, Blue Jays 0 Top 5, 1 OutJul 25 8:57 PM
- Coco Crisp lead-off Home Run (4) to right. Jonny Gomes due up.
Athletics 10, Blue Jays 0 Top 3, 0 OutsJul 25 8:20 PM
- Brandon Hicks grounded out third to first scoring Brandon Inge with two out. On the play, Derek Norris advances to second. Runner on second and Jemile Weeks due up.
Athletics 9, Blue Jays 0 Top 2, 2 OutsJul 25 8:05 PM
- Derek Norris singled to right scoring Chris Carter with one out. On the play, Brandon Inge advances to third. Runners on first and third and Brandon Hicks due up.
Athletics 8, Blue Jays 0 Top 2, 1 OutJul 25 8:02 PM
- Brandon Inge doubled to left scoring Josh Reddick and Yoenis Cespedes with one out. On the play, Chris Carter advances to third. Runners on second and third and Derek Norris due up.
Athletics 7, Blue Jays 0 Top 2, 1 OutJul 25 8:01 PM
- Chris Carter walked scoring Jonny Gomes with one out. Bases loaded and Brandon Inge due up.
Athletics 5, Blue Jays 0 Top 2, 1 OutJul 25 7:55 PM
- Yoenis Cespedes intentionally walked. Bases loaded with one out and Chris Carter due up.
Athletics 4, Blue Jays 0 Top 2, 1 OutJul 25 7:52 PM
- Jonny Gomes singled to center scoring Jemile Weeks with one out. On the play, Coco Crisp advances to second. Runners on first and second and Josh Reddick due up.
Athletics 3, Blue Jays 0 Top 2, 1 OutJul 25 7:50 PM
- Coco Crisp singled to left scoring Derek Norris on Travis Snider's fielding error with one out. On the play, Jemile Weeks advances to second. Runners on first and second and Jonny Gomes due up.
Athletics 2, Blue Jays 0 Top 2, 1 OutJul 25 7:50 PM
- Yoenis Cespedes doubled to center scoring Jonny Gomes with two out. Runner on second and Chris Carter due up.
Athletics 1, Blue Jays 0 Top 1, 2 OutsJul 25 7:16 PM
- OAKLAND: 0
Top 1, 0 Outs
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