Rajai Davis' misplayed pop up led to a three run fifth inning as the Toronto Blue Jays held on to beat the Oakland A's 6-5 Sunday at the Coliseum. Davis' gift single led to a two run single by Yunel Escobar and an RBI single by slumping Kelly Johnson off hard luck loser Tom Milone, who dropped to 9-9 on the year. Milone wound up giving up six runs on nine hits while walking one and striking out four in six innings.
The game started well for the A's when after a first inning run for Toronto. Derek Norris hit a two out double in the second to score Brandon Inge and tie the score at one. In the bottom of the third, Jemile Weeks and Jonny Gomes reached with a walk and single respectively. Then on an 0-2 count, Josh Reddick blasted his 24th home run of the year to make it 4-1.
But Oakland could not hold the lead. First, Milone allowed his 19th home run of the year to Edwin Encarnacion, a two run shot that pulled the Blue Jays to within one at 4-3. After retiring the first two hitters routinely in the fifth, Milone induced a harmless pop up to short, but Adam Rosales lost the ball in the sun and it dropped for a gift single. Anthony Gose promptly hit an opposite field double to put runners on second and third. After an intentional walk to Encarnacion, Escobar and Johnson's singles gave Toronto the lead for good at 6-4.
The A's pulled to within a run when Coco Crisp laced an RBI double to deep right field, scoring Rosales. But Gomes struck out and the score stayed 6-5. In the ninth, pinch hitter Brandon Moss walked and was pinch run for by Eric Sogard. Weeks then hit a bullet that for a second seemed headed into the left field corner, but Yan Gomes made a nice play to snare the line drive and then double off Sogard at first to end the game.
Now 58-50, the A's are tied with the Detroit Tigers in the AL Wild Card standings. They start a crucial three game series against the Los Angeles Angels Monday night as Jarrod Parker looks to bounce back against Angels ace Jared Weaver. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m.
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