Ramon Laureano homered for the third consecutive day and the Oakland Athletics beat the Toronto Blue Jays 5-4 on Monday night time, 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 is been the man proper now. He is been the man that is placing us again within the recreation. He did it yesterday and he did it immediately. That is enormous for us.”
Semien went 1 for 3 with a stroll in his first recreation 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.
Laureano linked 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 stop the go-ahead run.
“I would be enjoying with loads of confidence, too, with all he is obtained occurring right here currently,” A’s supervisor Bob Melvin mentioned. “He is doing properly. He is obtained large energy.”
The A’s centre fielder had beforehand homered in three straight video games in 2019, however by no means on consecutive days.
“It isn’t that huge of a shock to us simply figuring out what sort of participant he’s,” Piscotty mentioned. “He always goes out and delivers game-winning performances. He is a cannon ball. He is been carrying us little doubt these previous few video games.”
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Piscotty homers in 2nd
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 best-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.
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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 is leaving some pitches up within the zone. The final two outings have not been that nice, however he’ll get it again. The stuff is there.”
Acquainted however completely different
Semien retraced his previous driving path to the ballpark from house in Alameda, then entered from the opposite facet 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 completely different. I needed to ask, `The place do I am going?’ as a result of I have not been on this facet 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 am 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 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.”