Loreno stays hot, Homers again as A’s top Blue Jays 5-4

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Vladimir Guerrero Jr. of the Toronto Blue Jays hit a double against the Oakland Athletics during the eighth inning. On May 3, 2021, A defeated Jax 5–4 in Oakland, California.

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Ramon Laurenio beat the Toronto Blue Jays 5-4 on Monday night for the third consecutive day and the Auckland Athletics led Marcus Semian’s return to the Coliseum.

Stephen Piscotty also went deep for Oakland. Jade Laurie hit double and three hits twice.

Frankie Montas played six uneven innings to win the first meeting between teams in more than two years.

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Semian took 3 for 3 with a walk in Oakland in his first game after signing with Toronto in the off season. The Bay Area native, who used to play for the A’s from 2015-20, was greeted with an extended standing ovation before his first plate appearance.

Laurenio added starter Steven Matz (4-2) on a 1-0 pitch to break the 3-all tie in the fifth. Tony Kemp walked and scored a home run. Loreno also competed on Saturday against the Orioles, then leaped over the fence to prevent him from moving again with a two-run drive in the eighth moments on Sunday.

The AK Century had participated in the first three straight games in 2019, but not on consecutive days.

Locretti’s RBI double was followed by Pishotti’s in the second.

Montas (3-2) gave up seven hits and three runs for their first win since 16 April. The right-hander scored four runs and took one run.

Sergio Romeo and Lou Trivino retired the three batsmen. Jake Diekmann made his ninth save for his third save.

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. gave three hit films for Toronto.

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The game was the first between A and Blue Jay from April 28, 2019 – a period of 736 days. They did not play in 2020 due to an epidemic-short season.

Matz gave up five runs and seven hits in five innings. They suffered consecutive defeats, starting the season 4–0.

Family Butter Different

Semian withdrew his old driving route from the house in Alameda to the ballpark, then entered from the other side of the Coliseum for a change and needed an assist to find his way to the upcoming clubhouse. He went into free agency to join Toronto on an $ 18 million, one-year contract, while the Oakland brass faced scrutiny for not doing more to try to keep him.

“It’s different. I had to ask, ‘Where do I go?’ Because I was not on this side since 2014, ”said Semian.

Semian was waiting for some quick reunion and was saying his halo to all familiar faces before taking over the area he knows well. He handled at least 21 ticket requests.

“I’m a Bay Area native and I want to play pro baseball, where I grew up tonight,” Semian said. “I still get to come back here – it’s a danger of being in the AL. You still come back home and play in front of the family in Oakland every year.”

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Trainer’s room

Blue Jas: LHP Hyun Jin-riu (hip) is expected to come off the injured list and start on Thursday. Off the Springer George was given a planned day after coming out of Sunday’s game in the sixth inning due to leg fatigue.

Athletics: LHP AJ Pook (Strapped Biceps) is scheduled to throw 30 pitches in two simulated innings in the bullpen on Tuesday. OF / INF Chad Pinder (sprained left knee) is likely to begin rehab work next Monday.


Athletics LHP Cole Irwin (2-3, 3.67 ERA) makes his first career start against the Blue Jays on Tuesday. Irwin has 20 strikes in his last 17 1/3 innings. LHP Anthony K (0-1, 10.80) makes his first start for Toronto against an AL West rival.


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