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Toronto breaks loose in the 10th to beat the Athletics


OAKLAND — A blast and a bloop gave the A’s a lead in the seventh inning, but it wasn’t enough as the Toronto Blue Jays broke loose for three runs in the 10th inning for a 6-4 win at the Coliseum before a crowd of 11,276.

The Athletics fell to a season-most 15 games under .500 at 26-41, with the Blue Jays taking two of three in the serieds and improving to 31-33.

Isiah Kiner-Falefa, who had a two-run single in the second, cleaned the bases with a three-run double in the 10th against A’s reliefer Austin Adams (0-2). Adams had the bases loaded due to a free runner, a walk and a hit-by-pitch.

The A’s managed to get home their free runner in the 10th but got nothing else against reliever Genesis Cabrera.

Mason Miller retired the side in the top of the ninth for the A’s, getting Danny Jansen on a ground ball to second, striking out Vladimir Guerrero Jr. looking at a slider, and Bo Bichette on a foul pop to third.

Yimi Garcia retired the A’s in order in the bottom of the ninth, although Tyler Soderstrom brought the fans to their feet with an opposite field drive that was caught at the fence for the first out.

The single by Abraham Toro that gave the A’s the lead in the seventh wasn’t much of a blow, leaving the bat at 61.5 miles per hour and carrying all of 186 feet. But it fell in between the Toronto outfield and infield in center, and brought home Tyler Soderstrom and Aledmys Diaz.

Soderstrom walked against Trevor Richards to open the inning and after Diaz singled, No. 9 hitter Max Schuemann moved up both runners with a perfectly executed sacrifice bunt.

The runs put starter Mitch Spence in position for the win after giving up two earned runs and five hits in seven innings with no walks and three strikeouts. The right-hander threw 89 pitches, 64 of them strikes.

The win wasn’t to be, however, as Scott Alexander, pitching the eighth, gave up a sacrifice fly to pinch hitter Davis Schneider to tie the score 3-3. Daulton Varsho opened the inning with a single, went to second on a sacrifice and stole third with a huge jump before Schneider’s drive to center plated the run.

Brent Rooker homered for the Athletics, his 13th of the season, in the sixth inning. Rooker had been in a 2-for-18 slump on the home stand, but his drive against Nate Pearson carried 436 feet to left center and left the park park at 110 miles per hour.

The Blue Jays got to  Spence for two runs in the second inning when Kiner-Falefa hit a two-run single to center with one out, bringing home Justin Turner and George Springer.

Turner doubled to left to open the innings, with Springer singling to put runners at first and third. Springer stole second, and after Daulton Varsho struck out. Kiner-Falefa drove in both runners.

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Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment

      

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