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Blue Jays-Athletics: Toronto Completes Four Game Sweep With 6-4 Win Over Oakland

Adam GreuelSenior Analyst IAugust 8, 2008

The Toronto Blue Jays overcame A.J. Burnett's struggles to complete a four-game sweep of the Oakland Athletics on Thursday night.

The Jays once again showed improvement in the hitting department, especially in the fourth inning, when they scored four runs with two out.

With two outs and one man on base, left fielder Adam Lind hit a grounder up the middle. It was fielded by diving shortstop Bobby Crosby, who made a perfect toss to Mark Ellis at second base in an attempt to record the forceout. Ellis, though, couldn't find the base with his foot, and Rod Barajas slid in safely to extend the inning.

Matt Stairs would follow with a infield single that took a weird hop. This brought up Scott Rolen with the bases loaded.

Rolen came through with a hard single up the middle to score Toronto's first two runs of the game. John McDonald continued the rally with a scorching double down the left-field line to score two more runs.

With the score tied at four going into the sixth the Jays would take advantage of some wildness from the Athletics' Jerry Blevins. Blevins started the inning off by hitting Adam Lind and then walked two of the next three hitters, bringing up Joe Inglett with just one out and the bases loaded.

Inglett then got hit by a pitch as well, bringing in what would prove to be the winning run. Wilkerson capped the scoring off with a sacrifice fly to center field.

It was surprising to see the offense come through like they did today, as they were facing Justin Duchscherer. He is the proud owner of a 2.51 ERA and the lowest opposing batting average among starters.

However, Duchscherer would only go five innings, giving up four runs on seven hits and two walks. He also struck out six.

Meanwhile, Burnett was able to overtake Roy Halladay for the team lead in wins with 14, despite a poor start.

Burnett allowed three runs in the second inning, including a two-run shot from Daric Barton. He would also give up a solo home run in the fifth inning, right after his teammates gave him a one-run lead.

Fortunately for Burnett, the Jays were able to regain the lead in the sixth and he managed to finish off his half of the sixth to give himself another win.

Burnett would finish the game with four runs given up in six innings on seven hits and two walks. He also managed to strike out six batters.

The bullpen was able to hold the lead for Burnett as Jesse Carlson, Scott Downs and BJ Ryan each pitched a scoreless inning. Ryan earned himself his 22nd save of the season.

Up next: Rookie David Purcey (1-2) starts off a series with the Cleveland Indians as he takes on Anthony Reyes (2-1).

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