Left fielder Reed Johnson broke up the goose egg in the top of the sixth with a solo home run to center field off Joe Blanton, who had only given up one hit to that point. Oakland retaliated in their half of the sixth when Nick Swisher, sailed one over the wall in right to knot it up at one. The A’s would add one more off of Jays starter David Bush that inning to take a 2-1 lead when Jason Kendall doubled home Mark Kotsay.
The Blue Jays would tie it up in the 7th though, with an RBI single from Alex Rios off Huston Street, scoring Shea Hillenbrand who doubled, and was moved to third by Gregg Zaun. The Blue Jays bullpen let the lead slip away in the A’s 8th, where Oakland scored four runs to pull away for good.
In that Oakland 8th, they tied the game when Swisher scored on Kendall’s RBI single off Jason Frasor. Scott Schoeneweis then came in and walked Eric Chavez to load the bases. Schoeneweis then got Erubiel Durazo to chop back to the mound but his wild throw to home was dropped by Zaun, scoring Mark Kotsay. Keith Ginter then brought home two with a single, before Justin Speier came in to stop the bleeding.
Toronto would score one in the 9th off A’s closer Octavio Dotel, but it wasn’t enough as Oakland avoided the series sweep, winning 6-3. David Bush pitched well for Toronto, throwing seven innings of five hit ball, giving up two earned runs. On the other side of the ball, rookie Joe Blanton was even better, going six innings allowing only 3 hits and one run.
The Blue Jays will continue their road trip when they play the Texas Rangers on Thursday, the 1st of a 4-game series. Roy Halladay will take the ball for Toronto as he goes up against Pedro Astacio.
The game can be seen on TSN starting at 8pm EST, and on The Fan 590AM.
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