OAKLAND, Calif. — Bo Bichette hit a tied solo home run in the eighth inning and the Toronto Blue Jays edged the Oakland Athletics 2-1 on Wednesday to go on a five-game losing streak.
“We needed it,” Bichette said. “I think sometimes when you try to stop a skid it happens like that, so I thought we fought well today and we’re definitely looking forward to the win.”
Matt Chapman also scored against his former team for the second day in a row. Chapman spent his first five seasons in Oakland before being traded to Toronto in March.
Ramón Laureano scored for the A’s, who failed to complete their first win of the season.
“We played well against the Blue Jays this year,” said Oakland manager Mark Kotsay. “Unfortunately, we didn’t get the win today to get our first sweep and lead our season streak to victory, but we still have games to go.”
Laureano’s sixth long ball of the year broke a goalless tie at the end of the sixth. Chapman responded with his 13th in the top of the seventh before Bichette hit his 13th an inning later.
“It seems like every time he hits a home run,[Bichette]goes on or ties a game,” Toronto manager Charlie Montoyo said. “It was good. Hopefully that will put us back on the offensive.”
Blue Jays starter José Berríos threw six strong innings and facilitated a four-hit run with six strikeouts and a walk. Adam Cimber (8-2) followed with two perfect frames to earn his eighth win, the most among the Major League Relievers.
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“(I) felt pretty good,” Berríos said. “I could go out and compete and give our team a chance to win and we did it.”
Jordan Romano recorded a 1-2-3 ninth inning with two punchouts for his 18th save in 21 opportunities.
Oakland starter James Kaprieelian outplayed Toronto through six innings before serving the home run to Chapman, one of his best friends, to start the seventh.
Kaprielian allowed five hits and four walks with one strikeout. It was his 24th consecutive start with six frames or fewer, extending the all-time A record.
Domingo Acevedo (1-2) gave up his seventh homer of the year and suffered his first loss since April 29.
EVERYONE’S LEATHER FLASHES
A’s rookie Nick Allen made two stunning defensive plays in the fourth inning at second base. As Bichette led off the frame, Allen popped into flat right field and made a jumping catch to take away a hit. Then, with two runners on base and two outs, Allen made a spectacular jump stop on a red-hot one-hopper to rob Lourdes Gurriel Jr. and keep the game scoreless.
Blue Jays: RHP Kevin Gausman, who took a comeback off the right foot on Saturday, is expected to miss his scheduled start on Thursday. Gausman caught a third straight day and could potentially make his next start this weekend.
Athletics: RHP Frankie Montas received a cortisone shot in his right shoulder after an MRI showed inflammation but no structural damage. He will miss his next start and is considered day by day. … RHP Dany Jiménez (strained right shoulder) has caught up to 90ft but needs to be stretched further to 10 days next week.
The Blue Jays challenged RHP Matt Peacock to waivers from the Kansas City Royals and designated RHP Shaun Anderson for the assignment. Toronto also recalled RHP Casey Lawrence and selected RHP Trent Thornton to Triple-A Buffalo.
Blue Jays: Begin a four-game streak in Seattle on Thursday. With Gausman (ankle) expected to miss his start, Toronto hasn’t named a starting pitcher.
Athletics: After a day off, RHP Paul Blackburn (6-3, 2.90 ERA) will open a three-game home series against the Houston Astros on Friday.
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