Athletics clobber Blue Jays yet again
TORONTO—J.A. Happ gave the Toronto Blue Jays everything but a win yesterday afternoon.
Alberto Callaspo doubled in two runs in a four-run ninth inning to power the Oakland Athletics past Toronto 5-1 at Rogers Centre. The win gave the A’s (67-50) three-of-four against the Jays (54-64).
Happ allowed three hits, two walks and one run while striking out six over seven innings in his second start since being hit in the head by a line drive May 7 at Tropicana Field.
Happ was put on the three-day bereavement list after the game. The only run he surrendered came on the first hitter he faced as Chris Young belted his 10th homer this season and fifth by Oakland to lead off a game.
After walking Young to lead off the third, Happ retired 14 consecutive batters until Callaspo hit his first double of the game with two out in the seventh.
Happ fanned Callaspo in the second after giving up a single and walk to open the inning.
Happ got the start Monday because right-hander Josh Johnson had his outing pushed to Wednesday. That was to give Johnson a couple of extra days of rest after experiencing stiffness in his right forearm.
Oakland right-hander Dan Straily held Toronto to six hits and one run over 7 1/3 innings. Reliever Ryan Cook (5-2) pitched two-thirds of an inning for the win.
Elsewhere in the American League yesterday it was: Rangers 2, Astros 1; Yankees 2, Angels 1; White Sox 6, Tigers 2; And Twins 3, Indians 0.
Over in the National League, it was: Dodgers 4, Mets 2; Reds 2, Cubs 0; and Rockies 14, Padres 2.
In interleague play, the Royals homered to beat the Marlins 1-0, and the Diamondbacks beat the Orioles 7-6.