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.
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 towards 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 stop the go-ahead run.
The A’s centre fielder had beforehand homered in three straight video games in 2019, however by no means on consecutive days.
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 fitting-hander struck out 4 and walked one.
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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 because of the 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.
Acquainted however totally different
Semien retraced his previous 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 approach to the visiting clubhouse. He departed in free company to hitch Toronto on an $18 million, one-year contract, whereas Oakland’s brass confronted scrutiny for not doing extra to attempt to maintain him.
“It is totally different. I needed to ask, `The place do I am going?’ as a result of I have not been on this aspect since 2014,” Semien stated.
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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 nicely. He dealt with at the very least 21 ticket requests.
“I am a Bay Space native and I get to play professional baseball proper the place I grew up tonight,” Semien stated. “I nonetheless get to come back again right here — it is 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.”