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Fowler fuels big night at dish with 1st MLB HR

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TORONTO -- Dustin Fowler put the Athletics on the board with the first home run of his Major League career in a 3-1 win on Friday over the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre.

Leading off the third inning, the left-handed-hitting Fowler drove a fastball from Toronto starter Marco Estrada a projected 387 feet, according to Statcast™, to the opposite way with an exit velocity of 101.4 mph.

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TORONTO -- Dustin Fowler put the Athletics on the board with the first home run of his Major League career in a 3-1 win on Friday over the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre.

Leading off the third inning, the left-handed-hitting Fowler drove a fastball from Toronto starter Marco Estrada a projected 387 feet, according to Statcast™, to the opposite way with an exit velocity of 101.4 mph.

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"Pretty good night for Dustin, no doubt," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "That home run the other way, he's been working to drive the ball the other way. A base hit, a stolen base, he drove in another run. When you're a rookie and you just get here, and you're looking to feel like you're part of it, this goes a long way."

Fowler had a hand in all three of Oakland's runs. His RBI double in the seventh inning put the A's ahead for good, and he then scored on a double by Josh Phegley. Fowler, who finished 2-for-3 with two runs, two RBIs and a walk, is leaving a good impression on his manager, who sees the 23-year-old center fielder finding his stride on the A's current road trip.

"He's having a nice little East Coast trip," Melvin said. "These can be a little bit daunting, too, but he's just doing everything really well right now."

Video: OAK@TOR: Fowler lines go-ahead RBI double in the 7th

After joining the A's from the Yankees in last July's Sonny Gray deal, Fowler opened 2018 in Triple-A Nashville and hit .310 with an .817 OPS over 30 games. He was called up to the Majors on May 9 and started out slow, but he has a hit in each of his last three starts.

Keegan Matheson is a contributor for MLB.com based in Toronto.

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