Blue Jays-Athletics: Shaun Marcum Returns to Form as Toronto Beats Oakland 5-1

Adam GreuelSenior Analyst IAugust 7, 2008

There were worries that Marcum wouldn't be able to find his pre-injury form before the season ended, but he proved tonight that he is now over his injury and ready to start winning again!

Marcum went seven strong innings, allowing only one run on three hits. He also struck out seven and walked only two batters.

In shaking off his recent struggles, Marcum carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning when Bobby Crosby would homer for the Athletics' only run of the night and Marcum's only blemish in an otherwise amazing start.

Scott Downs would pitch his 14th straight scoreless inning and BJ Ryan came on in the ninth to pitch a perfect inning.

Meanwhile, Oakland's starter Gio Gonzalez had a pretty good debut despite some early struggles.

Rod Barajas made Gonzalez's first inning in the big leagues a forgettable one as he hit a three run shot to give the Jays an early 3-0 lead.

The light hitting John McDonald would add some insurance in the seventh as would pinch hitter Matt Stairs.

Gonzalez finished the night with six innings under his belt, giving up four runs on four hits, two walks while striking out four.

Up next: The Toronto Blue Jays will look to sweep the four game set against Oakland as they send A.J. Burnett (13-9) to the mound to take on the tough to hit Justin Duchscherer (10-7).

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