Blue Jays slam four home runs to down the A’s in ten innings 7-5

June 7, 2017

MLB, Oakland Athletics

Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Ryan Goins, from left, celebrates with first baseman Justin Smoak (14) and Josh Donaldson after a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics in Oakland, Calif., Wednesday, June 7, 2017. The Blue Jays won 7-5 in ten innings. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

by Jerry Feitelberg

OAKLAND– The Toronto Blue Jays hit four home runs Wednesday afternoon as they salvaged a win by beating the A’s 7-5 in ten innings. The A’s starter, Jharel Cotton, did not have a bad afternoon. He did, however, have one bad inning. The Jays scored four times in the second inning to take a 4-1 lead.Cotton settled down and did not allow a hit over the next four innings. The A’s came to his rescue as the were able to score single runs in the third, fourth, and fifth innings to tie the game. Toronto’s starter, Francisco Liriano left after the fifth inning.

Neither pitcher figured in the decision. Both bullpens were also very effective. John Axford and Liam Hendriks did not allow a hit in three innings of work. The Toronto bullpen did not allow the A’s a hit after the fifth. Then came the fateful tenth inning. A’s manager Bob Melvin brought in Frankie Montas to pitch. Montas had a terrible outing Sunday against the Washington Nationals and was hoping to redeem himself with a good outing.

That did not happen. Things went south immediately when he hit Kevin Pillar with a pitch to put the leadoff man on first with no out. The next hitter, former A’s third baseman Josh Donaldson, took Montas deep to give Toronto a 6-4 lead. Montas gave up another homer to Justin Smoak. It was Smoak’s second home run of the game, and the Jays led 7-4. Montas was finished, and he may be heading for Triple-A as he has not been doing the job. The A’s tallied a run in the bottom of the tenth, Rajai Davis doubled with two out and scored on a Matt Joyce single to make it 7-5. Toronto closer Roberto Osuna struck out Jed Lowrie to end the gameThe A’s took an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first. Rajai Davis doubled over Kevin Pillar’s head in center field. With two out, Khris Davis, serving as the designated hitter, doubled to left to drive in Rajai.

The A’s took an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first. Rajai Davis doubled over Kevin Pillar’s head in center field. With two out, Khris Davis, serving as the designated hitter, doubled to left to drive in Rajai.

The lead didn’t last long as the Blue Jays plated four runs in the second inning. Justin Smoak smoked (pun intended0 his sixteenth homer of the run to tie the game. Former Athletic Chris Coghlan reached as did Ryan Goins to put two men on. Kevin Pillar blasted his eighth of the year to give Toronto a 4-1 lead.  The A’s tallied a run in the bottom of the third. Rajai Davis singled to lead off the inning. He went to second on an error by Troy Tulowitzki. Jed Lowrie hit into a fielder’s choice and  Davis advanced to third. Davis scored when Khris Davis also hit into a fielder’s choice. The A’s trail 4-2 after three complete.

In the bottom of the fourth, Trevor Plouffe, mired in a 0-for-25 slump, blasted a solo home run about six rows deep in the left-field bleachers. The A’s tied the game in the fifth. Rajai Davis led off the inning with a triple to left. the Jays’ left-fielder, Chris Coghlan had trouble finding the ball and it looked for a moment that Rajai was going to try for n inside-the-park home run. He was running full at full speed but A’s third base coach wisely held him up at third. It was Rajai’s third hit of the game. So far, he has a single, double, and triple. He needs a home run to complete the cycle. The score is 4-4 after five innings of play.

There was no more scoring until the tenth innings. The Jays outscored the A’s 3-1 in the inning to win the game.

Game Notes- With the loss, the A’s fall to 25-33 and after the game they are flying to Tampa to face the Rays for a four-game series starting Friday night. Saturday will feature a rare double-header and then the A’s finish on Sunday before heading to Miami for two more games with the Marlins.

Rajai Davis had his first four-hit game of the year. Davis had two doubles, a single, and a triple. He scored three times. Trevor Plouffe snapped a 0-for-25 slump with a solo home run in the fourth inning. Montas took the loss and is now 1-1.

Toronto slammed four homers in the game. Two were off Cotton, and two were off Montas. Justin Smoak, who is having a career-year, had to dingers and has seventeen so far this season.

Andrew Triggs pitched for Oakland Friday night, and he will be opposed by the Rays’ Alex Cobb. Sonny Gray and Sean Manaea will pitch Saturday. The Rays have not announced who will start for them.

Time of game was three hours and twenty minutes and a crowd of 15,076 watched the A’s fail to sweep the Jays.






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