Mitch Moreland 2-run homer backs pitching gem by Cole Irvin

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Mitch Moreland hit a two-run homer on the heels of Jed Lowrie’s two-run double within the second to again Cole Irvin’s pitching gem, and the Oakland Athletics beat the Toronto Blue Jays 4-1 on Tuesday evening.

Irvin (3-3) struck out a career-high 9 over eight scoreless innings in his first begin in opposition to the Blue Jays, strolling off to a standing ovation from the group of two,970 after his closing inning. He struck out eight in his earlier outing in opposition to the Rays and has 29 Ks over his final 25 1/3 innings.

Irvin allowed three hits and one stroll, throwing 102 pitches.

Yusmeiro Petit completed the 2-hour, 18-minute recreation for his seventh save and first since 2017 with the Los Angeles Angels. Petit has a 10-game, 12-inning scoreless streak and hasn’t allowed a run in 13 of his final 14 appearances.

The A’s improved to an AL-best 19-12, second within the majors solely to the Bay Area rival San Francisco Giants, and matched their season-best of seven video games over .500.

Marcus Semien, the ex-A’s shortstop nonetheless drawing cheers from his former dwelling crowd, hit an RBI double within the sixth.


Oakland confronted a left-handed starter for the third straight recreation, fifth in six and eighth within the final 11 total, and can see one other one Wednesday.

The A’s chased Anthony Kay (0-2) after 4 innings of first begin in opposition to an AL West opponent. Kay surrendered 4 runs and 4 hits.

The Blue Jays had but to announce their starter for Thursday’s sequence finale.


Blue Jays: OF George Springer missed his second straight recreation and remains to be experiencing fatigue in his quadriceps muscle that compelled him out Sunday. But for now the Blue Jays aren’t planning additional checks or to place him on the injured record, supervisor Charlie Montoya mentioned. “We want him to be comfortable,” Montoya mentioned.

Athletics: C Aramís García went on the injured record with the abdomen flu. “He will be away from us for a time,” supervisor Bob Melvin mentioned. … C Austin Allen was recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas. Allen is on the lively roster for the primary time after spending the primary two highway journeys on the taxi squad. … LHP A.J. Puk (strained biceps) threw a 30-pitch, two-inning simulated outing within the bullpen and can subsequent face hitters in his rehab development. … OF Chad Pinder (sprained left knee) went by means of on-field baseball work in his rehab development.


RHP Chris Bassitt (2-2, 3.93 ERA) pitches for the A’s looking for his third straight successful determination as Toronto counters with lefty Robbie Ray (1-1, 2.78), who appears to be like to win back-to-back begins for the primary time in 2021.


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