Laureano stays scorching, homers once more as A’s prime Blue Jays 5-4

Laureano stays hot, homers again as A’s top Blue Jays 5-4

2021-05-04 10:15:07

OAKLAND, Calif. – Ramon Laureano homered for the third consecutive day and the Oakland Athletics beat the Toronto Blue Jays 5-4 on Monday evening, spoiling Marcus Semien’s return to the Coliseum.

Stephen Piscotty additionally went deep for Oakland. Jed Lowrie doubled twice and had three hits.

Frankie Montas pitched six uneven innings to win the primary assembly between the groups in additional than two years.

“Nothing however good issues about Ramon,” Montas mentioned. “He’s been the man proper now. He’s been the man that’s placing us again within the sport. He did it yesterday and he did it right now. That’s big for us.”

Semien went 1 for 3 with a stroll in his first sport again in Oakland after signing with Toronto within the low season. The Bay Space native, who performed for the A’s from 2015-20, was greeted with an prolonged standing ovation earlier than his first plate look.

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Laureano related on a 1-0 pitch from starter Steven Matz (4-2) to interrupt a 3-all tie within the fifth. Tony Kemp walked and scored on the house run. Laureano additionally homered Saturday in opposition to the Orioles, then did it once more Sunday with a two-run drive within the eighth moments after making a leaping catch on the fence to forestall the go-ahead run.

“I’d be taking part in with loads of confidence, too, with all he’s obtained occurring right here recently,” A’s supervisor Bob Melvin mentioned. “He’s doing properly. He’s obtained super energy.”

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The A’s centre fielder had beforehand homered in three straight video games in 2019, however by no means on consecutive days.

“It’s not that massive of a shock to us simply realizing what sort of participant he’s,” Piscotty mentioned. “He consistently goes out and delivers game-winning performances. He’s a cannon ball. He’s been carrying us little question these previous few video games.”

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Piscotty homered within the second after Lowrie’s RBI double.

Montas (3-2) allowed seven hits and three runs for his first win since April 16. The appropriate-hander struck out 4 and walked one.

Sergio Romo and Lou Trivino retired three batters apiece. Jake Diekman labored the ninth for his third save.

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. had three hits for Toronto.

The sport was the primary between the A’s and Blue Jays since April 28, 2019 – a span of 736 days. They didn’t play in 2020 as a result of pandemic-shortened season.

Matz gave up 5 runs and 7 hits in 5 innings. He has misplaced consecutive begins after starting the season 4-0.

“He in all probability hasn’t been as sharp as he was to start with,” Toronto supervisor Charlie Montoyo mentioned. “He’s leaving some pitches up within the zone. The final two outings haven’t been that nice, however he’ll get it again. The stuff is there.”

FAMILIAR BUT DIFFERENT

Semien retraced his outdated driving path to the ballpark from house in Alameda, then entered from the opposite aspect of the Coliseum for a change and wanted an help discovering his option to the visiting clubhouse. He departed in free company to affix Toronto on an $18 million, one-year contract, whereas Oakland’s brass confronted scrutiny for not doing extra to attempt to preserve him.

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“It’s totally different. I needed to ask, ‘The place do I am going?’ as a result of I haven’t been on this aspect since 2014,” Semien mentioned.

Semien was trying ahead to some fast reunions and saying his hellos to all of the acquainted faces earlier than taking the sector he is aware of so properly. He dealt with not less than 21 ticket requests.

“I’m a Bay Space native and I get to play professional baseball proper the place I grew up tonight,” Semien mentioned. “I nonetheless get to come back again right here — it’s a perk of being within the AL. You continue to get to come back again house and play in entrance of household in Oakland yearly.”

TRAINER’S ROOM

Blue Jays: LHP Hyun Jin-Ryu (hip) is predicted to come back off the injured checklist and begin Thursday. … OF George Springer was given a deliberate time off after popping out of Sunday’s sport within the sixth inning as a result of leg fatigue.

Athletics: LHP A.J. Puk (strained biceps) is scheduled to throw 30 pitches over two simulated innings within the bullpen Tuesday. … OF/INF Chad Pinder (sprained left knee) is prone to start a rehab task subsequent Monday.

UP NEXT

Athletics LHP Cole Irvin (2-3, 3.67 ERA) makes his first profession begin in opposition to the Blue Jays on Tuesday. Irvin has 20 strikeouts over his previous 17 1/3 innings. LHP Anthony Kay (0-1, 10.80) pitches for Toronto in his first begin in opposition to an AL West opponent.

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