Gonzalez leads A's over Blue JaysAug 21, 2011 - 6:26 AM
Hideki Matsui posted two hits with an RBI and Ryan Sweeney also drove in a run for the Athletics, who have won four of their last five including two of three in this series.
Gonzalez (10-11) scattered four hits and one run, striking out nine with one walk to snap a five-start losing streak. Andrew Bailey worked a perfect ninth to close out the victory.
Edwin Encarnacion knocked in the lone run for the Blue Jays, who have lost two in a row after winning the series opener on Thursday.
Henderson Alvarez (0-1) pitched well in his first big league defeat, allowing seven hits and two runs -- one earned -- over six full frames.
Clinging to a one-run lead, Brandon Allen's double off Jesse Litsch kept the eighth alive, and he came around when Sweeney followed with a base hit for a 3-1 Oakland edge.
Rommie Lewis got the call, but Willingham effectively wrapped up the game with a long pinch-hit homer to left for a four-run bulge.
Bailey set down Toronto in order in the ninth.
Toronto picked up a run in the first as Eric Thames singled with one out and later scored on an Encarnacion base hit, and Oakland countered in its turn as Matsui knocked in Cliff Pennington, who doubled with one out.
"In the first inning, it didn't look like he had his great stuff," A's manager Bob Melvin said of Gonzalez. "It looked like he had a different look in his eye when he came out for the next inning."
The A's took a 2-1 lead in the fourth as Allen led off with a single, moved to third when Jays second baseman John McDonald mishandled a Sweeney grounder and came home when David DeJesus grounded into a double play.
Pennington was robbed of extra bases to close out the seventh, as Jays right fielder Mike McCoy made an over-the-shoulder catch on the warning track.
Gonzalez hadn't won since July 17 against the Angels...Willingham's pinch-hit blast was the first by the Athletics at home since August 15, 2008 (Kurt Suzuki walkoff vs. White Sox)...Alvarez did not earn a decision in each of his first two previous starts, a 5 2/3 inning outing in his major-league debut against Oakland on August 10, and going five frames at Seattle on August 15...Prior to the contest, the Jays assigned pitcher Kyle Davies to Triple-A Las Vegas.
- TORONTO: 1
Aug 20 11:40 PM
- Pinch-Hitter Josh Willingham two-out, two-run Home Run (22) to left scored Ryan Sweeney. Landon Powell due up.
Blue Jays 1, Athletics 5 Bot 8, 2 OutsAug 20 11:32 PM
- Ryan Sweeney single to left scored Brandon Allen with two outs. Runner on first and David DeJesus due up.
Blue Jays 1, Athletics 3 Bot 8, 2 OutsAug 20 11:24 PM
- David DeJesus grounded into a double play, second to short to first scoring Brandon Allen with two outs. Ryan Sweeney out at second. None on and Landon Powell due up.
Blue Jays 1, Athletics 2 Bot 4, 2 OutsAug 20 10:19 PM
- Brandon Allen struck out swinging. Runners on second and third with two outs and Ryan Sweeney due up.
Blue Jays 1, Athletics 1 Bot 1, 2 OutsAug 20 9:33 PM
- Edwin Encarnacion single to right scored Eric Thames with two outs. On the play, Encarnacion advances to second on the throw and Adam Lind advances to third. Runners on second and third and Colby Rasmus due up.
Blue Jays 1, Athletics 0 Top 1, 2 OutsAug 20 9:16 PM
- TORONTO: 0
Top 1, 0 Outs
Aug 20 9:08 PM
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