for this game

Walk-off single by Mench propels Blue Jays past Athletics

Aug 6, 2008 - 2:19 AM TORONTO (Ticker) -- Kevin Mench's walk-off single capped a two-run ninth inning as the Toronto Blue Jays handed the Oakland Athletics their eighth straight loss, 4-3, on Tuesday.

Alex Rios led off with a single off A's closer Huston Street and scored on an one-out RBI double by Rod Barajas to tie the game, 3-3. Following an intentional walk to Adam Lind and a groundout by Scott Rolen, Mench drove a single into left field, scoring Brad Wilkerson, who entered the game as a pinch runner for Barajas.

Mark Ellis had given the Athletics an early 1-0 lead on an RBI single, scoring Carlos Gonzalez, who had doubled off Blue Jays starter Scott Richmond. Gonzalez went 4-for-4 with two runs scored, recording his first career four-hit game.

Making just hit second career start, Richmond allowed three runs on seven hits and one walk, striking out four. His counterpart Greg Smith was in line for his first win in his last five starts before Street's implosion. The lefthander pitched six strong innings, surrendering two runs on four hits and two walks, while recording four strikeouts.

A two-run triple from Bobby Crosby in the fourth gave Oakland a 3-1 lead.

The Blue Jays cut the deficit in half in the fifth, courtesy of an RBI single by Marco Scutaro.

John Parrish, Brandon League and Jess Carlson (4-1) pitched 3 1/3 innings of scoreless relief, but ran into trouble in the eighth.

The A's loaded the bases with no one out, but a line drive by Mark Ellis off League was caught at shortstop by Scutaro, who doubled off pinch-runner Emil Brown at second base. Jack Hannahan followed with a grounder to third to end the threat.

Street (2-5), blew his sixth save in 24 chances.

Brad Ziegler extended his league-record scoreless innings streak to start a career to 34 with two scoreless innings in relief of Smith.








  • AL
    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    OAKLAND 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 5 0
    TORONTO 0 1 4 0 0 0 0 1 x 6 10 0 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: OAK - SEAN GALLAGHER, DAN MEYER (4TH), JERRY BLEVINS (8TH) AND KURT
    SUZUKI
    TOR - ROY HALLADAY, SCOTT DOWNS (9TH) AND ROD BARAJAS

    HOME RUNS: OAK - BOBBY CROSBY (5)

    Aug 4 8:51 PM


  • AL
    AT TORONTO - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY LYLE OVERBAY SCORED DAVID ECKSTEIN.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, L OVERBAY ON FIRST, A RIOS ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 1
    TORONTO 6 BOTTOM, 8TH
    DUE UP FOR TORONTO: R BARAJAS (.257, 1-FOR-3, BB)

    Athletics 1, Blue Jays 6  Bot 8, 0 OutsAug 4 8:37 PM


  • AL
    AT TORONTO - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY BOBBY CROSBY (5) TO LEFT WITH 1 OUT IN THE
    8TH OFF ROY HALLADAY.
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 1, TORONTO 5
    DUE UP FOR OAKLAND: D BARTON (.216, 0-FOR-2)

    Athletics 1, Blue Jays 5  Top 8, 0 OutsAug 4 8:25 PM


  • AL
    AT TORONTO - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY BRAD WILKERSON SCORED ADAM LIND.
    SITUATION: 4 RUNS IN, M STAIRS ON FIRST, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 0
    TORONTO 5 BOTTOM, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR TORONTO: J MCDONALD (.203, 0-FOR-0, BB)

    Athletics 0, Blue Jays 5  Bot 3, 0 OutsAug 4 7:10 PM


  • AL
    AT TORONTO - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY MATT STAIRS SCORED ROD BARAJAS.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, M STAIRS ON FIRST, A LIND ON THIRD, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 0
    TORONTO 4 BOTTOM, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR TORONTO: B WILKERSON (.228, 0-FOR-1)

    Athletics 0, Blue Jays 4  Bot 3, 0 OutsAug 4 7:08 PM


  • AL
    AT TORONTO - SCORING UPDATE
    PASSED BALL BY KURT SUZUKI ALLOWED LYLE OVERBAY TO SCORE.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, A LIND ON FIRST, R BARAJAS ON SECOND, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 0
    TORONTO 3 BOTTOM, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR TORONTO: M STAIRS (.247, 0-FOR-1)

    Athletics 0, Blue Jays 3  Bot 3, 0 OutsAug 4 7:06 PM


  • AL
    AT TORONTO - SCORING UPDATE
    ADAM LIND HIT BY SEAN GALLAGHER PITCH WITH BASES LOADED
    SCORED ALEX RIOS.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, A LIND ON FIRST, R BARAJAS ON SECOND, L
    OVERBAY ON THIRD, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 0
    TORONTO 2 BOTTOM, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR TORONTO: M STAIRS (.247, 0-FOR-1)

    Athletics 0, Blue Jays 2  Bot 3, 0 OutsAug 4 7:04 PM


  • AL
    AT TORONTO - SCORING UPDATE
    MARCO SCUTARO HIT BY SEAN GALLAGHER PITCH WITH BASES LOADED
    SCORED ROD BARAJAS.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, M SCUTARO ON FIRST, J MCDONALD ON SECOND, A
    LIND ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 0
    TORONTO 1 BOTTOM, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR TORONTO: D ECKSTEIN (.270, 0-FOR-1)

    Athletics 0, Blue Jays 1  Bot 2, 0 OutsAug 4 6:45 PM
  • 10
    roots
    Cujo30 Added 5 roots

    Athletics 0, Blue Jays 0  Bot 2, 0 OutsAug 4 6:35 PM
  • 5
    roots
    thatownkid Added 5 roots

    Athletics vs. Blue JaysAug 2 11:58 PM