OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Ryan Sweeney hit a two-run homer and four
Oakland relievers combined two wrap up the Athletics' 5-3 win over
the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday night.
Sweeney's homer, his second of the season, came in the second inning when the A's did all of their scoring off Toronto rookie starter Scott Richmond. Jack Hannahan and Kurt Suzuki added run-scoring doubles for Oakland, which won for just the third time in eight games.
Michael Wuertz (2-1) pitched 1 2-3 shutout innings for the win. Russ Springer and Andrew Bailey helped him blank the Blue Jays after starter Josh Outman was knocked from the game in the fifth inning. Bailey worked the final two innings for his first save in two tries.
Rod Barajas homered for Toronto, which lost its second straight after going 5-1 during a brief homestand.
Richmond, the AL rookie of the month for April, allowed all five Oakland runs in the second inning and lost for the first time season. The Toronto right-hander gave up six hits in the inning but allowed only two baserunners after that.
By then the damage was already done.
Sweeney's homer to right came on the first pitch he saw from Richmond (4-1) and drove in Matt Holiday, who singled leading off the inning. Travis Buck later singled with two outs before Hannahan, Orlando Cabrera and Suzuki all drove in runs with hits.
Toronto had taken a 3-0 lead on an RBI double by Kevin Millar and the home run by Barajas, but couldn't get anything going against Oakland's bullpen after Outman left with runners on first and second with one out in the fifth.