The A’s got to Toronto starter Jo-Jo Reyes in the third and fourth innings, eventually chasing him from the game with only a single out in the fourth. But awful defense from Oakland in the sixth allowed the Jays to come back.
With the Jays down 5-1, Rajai Davis led off with a double and Escobar reached on Kevin Kouzmanoff’s impression of Edwin Encarnacion before Adam Lind drove in the first run of the inning with a sacrifice fly ball. Aaron Hill then brought Escobar home with a single, before reaching second base because of a throwing error from pitcher Brandon McCarthy. The next batter, Juan Rivera, reached base on another Encarnacion homage from Kouzmanoff before the inspiration himself hit a double, scoring Hill and giving Rivera third base. Travis Snider finished the damage with a groundout that cashed in Rivera.
The score stayed tied at five thanks to scoreless relief work from Carlos Villanueva, David Purcey, Shawn Camp and Jon Rauch before Jason Frasor allowed a solo home run in the top of the tenth by Josh Willingham to put the A’s ahead. But in the bottom half of the inning, Davis led things off for the Blue Jays with a single up the middle just before Escobar’s heroics. And to think that some people would’ve called for Escobar to drop a sacrifice bunt in that situation. Yikes!
Memorable Moment: Coco Crisp was on second base with two out in the ninth, when Davis saved the game with a spectacular running catch on the warning track on a deep drive off the bat of Conor Jackson.
I’m officially taking the win that goes to Jason Frasor and giving it to Rajai Davis for starting two crucial rallies for the Blue Jays and making a game saving catch.
More Memorable Moment: The family matter that has taken Jose Bautista away from the series against the Athletics was the birth of his first child, a baby girl. Some leader. He’s no Cal Ripken. Relax, I’m kidding. No, you’re immature.