OAKLAND -- The A's recorded their second straight win over the Blue Jays on Tuesday evening, tagging right-hander Marco Estrada for four runs in a 4-1 series-clinching victory at the Coliseum.RBI doubles by Khris Davis and Ryon Healy forced Estrada out of the game with two outs in the sixth
OAKLAND -- The A's recorded their second straight win over the Blue Jays on Tuesday evening, tagging right-hander Marco Estrada for four runs in a 4-1 series-clinching victory at the Coliseum.
RBI doubles by Khris Davis and Ryon Healy forced Estrada out of the game with two outs in the sixth inning. Davis finished with two RBIs, getting Oakland on the board in the first inning with a sacrifice fly that plated Rajai Davis, who led off with a double.
Estrada retired 12 in a row following the sac fly, before issuing a walk with one out in the fifth inning. Two batters later, Adam Rosales sent an RBI infield single off the glove of shortstop Troy Tulowitzki to unlock a 1-1 tie.
"We pecked away a little bit, got some big hits when we needed to," said A's manager Bob Melvin, whose club won just its second game when going homerless. "Rosie gives us the lead and then we added a couple more on. It looks like we can win a game without a homer."
Tulowitzki drove in Toronto's lone run against A's starter Jesse Hahn, who put together a strong six-inning outing in his first start off the disabled list, after missing two weeks with a triceps strain. The run was unearned.
"I felt really good," Hahn said. "Arm felt great, I felt like I got going in a really good rhythm, and overall I felt like we played a really good ballgame tonight."
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Trouble with the RISP: Toronto entered this game riding a franchise-worst 0-for-34 skid at the plate with runners in scoring position. That streak was snapped in the top of the third inning when Josh Donaldson hit an infield single to A's shortstop Rosales. Ryan Goins was on second base at the time, but when Rosales made a late throw to first base, Goins rounded third only to get thrown out at home by first baseman Yonder Alonso. The Blue Jays finished 2-for-6 with RISP.
"Normal game of baseball, sometimes you run into some good pitchers," said Tulowitzki, who finished 2-for-4 with an RBI single. "Our approach is always to get a good pitch and put a good swing on it. Every hitter is different. All of us are trying to do different things. There's not one approach that a team necessarily says, 'This is what we do as a team.' We're all professionals. We all have an idea of what we're trying to accomplish but the game presents difficulties at times."
Double trouble: Another Blue Jays player was gunned down on the basepaths in the fifth inning, with Kevin Pillar caught trying to stretch a single into a double for the second out. Pillar sent the ball through the right side, but right fielder Chad Pinder -- drawing the start in place of an injured Matt Joyce (quad) -- retrieved it in time to make a one-hop throw to second to easily nab Pillar and squash Toronto's potential scoring opportunity.
"You can't talk enough about Pinder," A's catcher Stephen Vogt said. "The guy's played [three] games out there, and he's made two of the best throws I've ever seen from the outfield. He's got the strong arm. Honestly, as he was running for that ball down the line, in the back of my mind I was telling Pillar to go because I wanted to see it, and he made a great throw."
"I didn't give the team a chance to win. That's basically it. Not being able to go deep into the game. I felt pretty good, but the last inning kind of got away. It's unfortunate. I was making pretty decent pitches early on and they got a little aggressive the last inning and I didn't make pitches." -- Estrada on his outing.
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The Blue Jays have scored three runs or fewer in four consecutive games. The last time they were held to three runs or fewer in four consecutive games was April 8-13.
Blue Jays manager John Gibbons won his challenge in the top of the fourth inning. With one out and runners on first and second, Justin Smoak hit a ground ball to second base. The A's appeared to turn an inning-ending double play, but Gibbons thought the throw was late and asked for a review. Following a brief delay, the call on the field was overturned and the inning continued. In the next at-bat, Tulowitzki came through with an RBI single to put Toronto on the board.
Blue Jays: Left-hander Francisco Liriano (3-2, 5.94) will take the mound when this series comes to an end on Wednesday afternoon. Liriano returned from the disabled list in his last outing against the Yankees and allowed two runs on four hits over five-plus innings. He is expected to have a pitch count in the range of 90-100 for this outing with first pitch scheduled for 3:35 p.m. ET.
A's: The A's will send right-hander Jharel Cotton to the mound for Wednesday's 12:35 p.m. PT series finale. Cotton is 0-2 with a 3.18 ERA in two starts since he was recalled from Triple-A Nashville on May 27 and 3-6 with a 5.11 ERA in nine starts overall.
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