Oakland, California. – Mitch Morland hit a two-run homer on the heels of Jed Lowry’s two-run double in the second to return Cole Irwin’s pitching gem and the Oakland Athletics beat Toronto’s Jaish 4-1 on Tuesday night.
Irwin (3-3) pitched more than eight scoring innings in his first start against the Blue Jays, following his final innings at the ovation that stood out from the crowd of 2,970. He hit eight sixes against Ray in his last outing and 29 in his final 25 1/3 innings.
Irwin allowed three hits and one walk while throwing 102 pitches.
Yusemiro Petit finished the seventh save and first 2-hour, 18-minute game since 2017 with the Los Angeles Angels. Petit has a 10-game, 12-inning scoring streak and has not conceded a single in 13 of his last 14 starts.
The A’s improved to an AL-best 19-12, finishing second in the majors for Bye area rival San Francisco Giants, and matched their season-best in seven games over .500.
Marcus Semian, ex-A’s shortstop still drawing cheers from his former home crowd, hit an RBI double in the sixth.
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Oakland faced the left-handed starter for the third straight game, finishing 11th overall and eighth in the final 11, and will see a second match on Wednesday.
The A’s trailed Anthony’s (0-2) after four innings of first start against an A’s West opponent. Kai gave up four runs and four hits.
The Blue Jays had yet to announce their starter for Thursday’s series finale.
Blue Jace: Off George Springer missed his second straight game and is still experiencing fatigue in his quadriceps muscles that ruled him out on Sunday. But for now the Blue Jays are not planning further tests nor could they be put on the injured list, manager Charlie Montoya said. “We want him to be comfortable,” Montoya said.
Athletics: C Aramis Garcia goes on the injured list with stomach flu. “He’ll be away from us for a time,” manager Bob Melvin said. … C Austin Allen was recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas. Allen is on the active roster for the first time after spending the first two road trips on a taxi squad. … LHP AJ Puk (Stretched Biceps) bowled a 30-pitch, two-inning knockout in the Bulbul and will face the progress of his rehab next time. … Chad Pinder (sprained left knee) went through on-field baseball work in his rehab progress.
RHP Chris Basit (2-2, 3.93 ERA) tries to make his third straight winning decision for the A’s as Toronto counters with leftie Robbie Ray (1-1, 2.78), who went back-to-back for the first time Want to win In 2021.
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