OAKLAND, Calif.—Ryon Healy is finding his timing at the plate and adjusting to his down time as a designated hitter.
Manager Bob Melvin might consider having him take groundballs in the clubhouse if need be to keep the second-year major leaguer from getting bored when the Athletics are in the field.
“He jokes about that but I was seriously playing wall ball with myself in Houston,” Healy chuckled.
He seems to have the routine down. Healy homered twice to drive in a career-high five runs—single-handedly backing Sean Manaea's fourth-straight winning start as Oakland beat the Toronto Blue Jays 5-3 last night.
“If he doesn't show up for work today, we're in a little bit of trouble,” Melvin said.
“He can hit.”
Healy hit a three-run homer in the second inning and then a two-run drive in the fourth for his second career multi-homer game after previously doing so Saturday against Washington.
He has 13 home runs for the season.
Josh Donaldson wasted no time reminding A's fans what they're missing—hitting an RBI double in the first inning for Toronto before striking out to end the game.
Manaea (5-3) struck out seven over six innings, allowing two runs and four hits while walking three.
He extended the longest winning streak of his career.
Oakland got plenty of offence again after scoring 10 or more runs in its previous two games.
Justin Smoak hit his 15th homer in the eighth off Liam Hendriks for the Jays, who couldn't do enough for J.A. Happ (0-4).
Manager John Gibbons joked that Smoak is showing his power a year after he signed a two-year, $8.5-million contract.
“He's doing a heck of a job," Gibbons said. ”Shouldn't have signed that contract. He's losing money now.
"I've never seen him this good.
“We always envisioned it," he added. "It's in there, and it's just coming together for him.”
Happ, making his second start since coming off the disabled list, suffered his first loss in eight starts against the A's while allowing the most runs in those outings—having never given up more than three earned runs to Oakland.
He was tagged for five runs and four hits in 5 1/3 innings while striking out four and walking three.
He allowed two runs in four innings against Cincinnati last week—his first start after missing nearly six weeks because of a sore elbow.
Yonder Alonso added two hits for Oakland, facing a lefty starter for the first time in nine games.
Santiago Casilla, the third A's reliever, finished for his ninth save in 11 chances.
Houston beat Kansas City 7-3 in the only other AL game.
Over in the NL, Cincinnati beat St. Louis 4-2, Philadelphia pounded Atlanta 11-4, San Francisco dumped Milwaukee 7-2, Chicago downed Miami 3-1, and Washington doubled L.A. 4-2.