Toronto Blue Jays beat Athletics 7-1
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. went one for four with two strikeouts in his second big league game. Meanwhile, Brandon Drury had three hits a day after his winning ninth-inning home run and the Toronto Blue Jays extended their winning streak against Oakland to five with a 7-1 victory over the Athletics on Saturday.
Randal Grichuk and three hits and two RBIs for Toronto, which is 5-0 against the A’s this season.
A day after his going 1 for 4 with a ninth-inning double in his major league debut, the 20-year-old Guerrero took a called third strike in the first, lined out in the second, walked leading off the fifth, struck out swinging in the sixth and singled in the eighth on a ball up the middle that shortstop Marcus Semien was unable to handle.
After a pair of games at third base, Guerrero may be the designated hitter Sunday.
Brett Anderson (3-2) became the first pitcher to face Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Vladimir Guerrero Sr., who was 1 for 5 against him. He allowed six runs and 10 hits in 4 1/3 innings, dropping to 0-3 in his career against Toronto.
Six days after leaving the last start with a broken fingernail. Aaron Sanchez (3-1) gave up an unearned run and two hits in five innings. Sam Gaviglio gave up two hits in three innings, and Daniel Hudson finished the four-hitter with a hitless ninth.
Guerrero was moved up a slot to clean up and came to the plate with the bases loaded in the first. Teoscar Hernández grounded to third baseman Matt Chapman, who threw to second for a forceout, but second baseman Jurickson Profar’s throw to first trying for a double play was sailed to the home plate side of the base for an error that allowed a second run to score. Umpires originally called interference on Grichuk sliding into Profar, but the call was reversed on a video review.
Toronto doubled its lead in the second when Eric Sogard drove in Danny Jansen with a drag bunt and Grichuk hit an RBI single.
Nick Hundley hit into a run-scoring forceout in the fifth, but Toronto boosted its lead to 6-1 in the bottom half on Rowdy Tellez’s RBI single and Jansen’s sacrifice fly.
Grichuk hit an RBI double off Liam Hendriks in the sixth.
The Oakland A’s get one more chance Sunday afternoon when they visit the Toronto Blue Jays.
“They’ve just played better than we have, unfortunately,” Athletics manager Doug Melvin said after the loss Saturday. “So we have to come out with a little different mojo tomorrow. They just outplayed us.”
The A’s won all seven meetings with the Blue Jays last season. Oakland swept the Texas Rangers in a three-game series in between playing the Blue Jays.
“We’ve been a team that’s responded pretty well to adversity over the last year-plus to this point,” Melvin said. “We had a bad series against them. Then we swept the next series. We’ve lost the first two (of this series). I expect us to come out and respond (Sunday).”