Encarnacion's blast topples A's

3:21 PM, Aug 5, 2012   |    comments
Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Edwin Encarnacion celebrates with third base coach Brian Butterfield after hitting a home run during the fourth inning at O.co Coliseum. (PHOTO: US PRESSWIRE)
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OAKLAND, CA - Edwin Encarnacion hit a two-run homer, Yunel Escobar drove in a pair, and the Toronto Blue Jays edged the Oakland Athletics, 6-5, in the finale of a four-game series on Sunday.

Anthony Gose and Kelly Johnson each had two hits and drove in a run for the Blue Jays, who have won two straight after dropping six in a row. Rajai Davis had two hits and scored twice.

Aaron Laffey (3-2) earned the win after giving up four runs on six hits with four strikeouts over six innings.

Casey Janssen worked around a one-out walk to earn his 14th save of the season.

Josh Reddick hit a three-run homer and Coco Crisp and Derek Norris each drove in a run for the A's, losers in four of their last six games.

Tommy Milone (9-9) was saddled with the loss after allowing all six runs on nine hits over six frames. He struck out four and issued one walk -- an intentional free pass in the fifth. Milone has walked one or fewer batters in each of his last nine starts.

With a runner on first and one out in the ninth, Jemile Weeks ripped a line drive down the third base line but Yan Gomes snared the ball and fired to first, doubling off pinch-runner Eric Sogard to complete the game-ending double play.

 

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