A's hang on, beat Jays once moreAug 12, 2013 - 12:01 AM Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Alberto Callaspo hit the go-ahead two-run double in a three-run eighth inning, as Oakland rallied past Toronto, 6-4, in the third edition of a four-game series.
Brandon Moss slugged a two-run homer, while Josh Donaldson and Chris Young added an RBI apiece for the Athletics, who have won two of three in the set.
Ryan Cook (4-2) tossed 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief for the win, while Grant Balfour walked a tightrope in his one frame, but earned his 30th save.
Oakland manager Bob Melvin was rewarded with his 700th career victory.
"Never a dull moment," Melvin deadpanned. "Excruciating. We found a way to win but it wasn't pretty."
Jose Reyes and Maicer Izturis drove in a run each for the Blue Jays, who left the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth and dropped their third game in four.
Darren Oliver (3-3) was charged in defeat with three runs on four hits while recording just two outs.
Oliver took over for starter R.A. Dickey in the eighth in a 3-3 tie and it didn't take long for the visitors to strike.
He allowed a one-out single to Josh Reddick and walked Donaldson before fanning Moss. Callaspo then doubled off the wall in left and off the tip of the glove of Emilio Bonifacio to score two, and after a Stephen Vogt base hit, Young smacked a pinch single which brought in Callaspo for a 6-3 A's edge.
"They just ended up getting a lucky one there with two outs," Jays infielder Brett Lawrie said in reference to Callaspo's hit. "That kind of stung us a little bit."
Balfour had his own troubles locking things down. He walked Edwin Encarnacion, who moved to second on an Adam Lind groundout. After Colby Rasmus struck out, Lawrie's double pulled the Jays within two. Lawrie advanced on a wild pitch and J.P. Arencibia eventually walked, then Rajai Davis worked a base on balls to fill the sacks, but Reyes grounded out to end the contest.
"That was horrible today, no doubt about it," said Balfour. "I was frustrated, I was fighting it, I'm not going to lie. I was fighting myself, gave up one run and salvaged the game. You've almost got to be happy to give up one run and save the game right there because I didn't throw well at all."
Toronto picked up a run in the second thanks to shoddy Oakland defense. Lind reached on a Moss fielding error, Rasmus walked, and Lind scored when A's shortstop Eric Sogard airmailed his throw to first on a Lawrie grounder.
Oakland moved ahead in the sixth. Yoenis Cespedes hit a leadoff double and moved up on a wild pitch before crossing home on a Donaldson single. Moss followed with a two-run blast to dead center to make it a 3-1 game.
The hosts responded to tie in the home half on an RBI single from Reyes and a sacrifice fly from Izturis.
Oakland hurler A.J. Griffin worked 5 2/3 innings, giving up five hits and three runs -- two earned -- while walking six batters ... Dickey finished with six hits and three runs on his ledger over a seven-inning outing ... The Blue Jays wore special red jerseys for Toronto's celebration of Canada Baseball Day ... Lawrie finished with a game-high three hits in defeat ... A's pitchers issued 11 walks.
- OAKLAND: 6
Aug 11 4:25 PM
- Brett Lawrie double to right scored Edwin Encarnacion. Runner on second with two outs and Josh Thole due up.
Athletics 6, Blue Jays 4 Bot 9, 2 OutsAug 11 4:12 PM
- Pinch-Hitter Chris Young single to left scored Alberto Callaspo. On the play, Stephen Vogt advances to second. Runners on first and second with two outs and Eric Sogard due up.
Athletics 6, Blue Jays 3 Top 8, 2 OutsAug 11 3:31 PM
- Alberto Callaspo double to left scored Josh Reddick and Josh Donaldson. Runner on second with two outs and Stephen Vogt due up.
Athletics 5, Blue Jays 3 Top 8, 2 OutsAug 11 3:29 PM
- Maicer Izturis sacrifice fly out to center scored Emilio Bonifacio. Runner on first with two outs and Jose Bautista due up.
Athletics 3, Blue Jays 3 Bot 6, 2 OutsAug 11 2:52 PM
- Jose Reyes single to right scored Josh Thole. On the play, Emilio Bonifacio advances to third. Runners on first and third with one out and Maicer Izturis due up.
Athletics 3, Blue Jays 2 Bot 6, 1 OutAug 11 2:49 PM
- Brandon Moss one-out, two-run Home Run (18) to center scored Josh Donaldson. Alberto Callaspo due up.
Athletics 3, Blue Jays 1 Top 6, 1 OutAug 11 2:40 PM
- Josh Donaldson single to left scored Yoenis Cespedes. Runner on first with one out and Brandon Moss due up.
Athletics 1, Blue Jays 1 Top 6, 1 OutAug 11 2:40 PM
- Brett Lawrie reached first on Eric Sogard's throwing error scored Adam Lind. Colby Rasmus out at second. Runner on first with one out and Josh Thole due up.
Athletics 0, Blue Jays 1 Bot 2, 1 OutAug 11 1:41 PM
- OAKLAND: 0
Top 1, 0 Outs
Aug 11 1:09 PM
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