Overbay Hits Walk-Off Home Run in 12th to Dump A's

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

Former Wolf Pack baseball player Lyle Overbay hit a two-out, two-run homer off Dan Giese in the 12th inning, giving the Toronto Blue Jays a 4-2 win over the Oakland Athletics on Saturday.

After a two-out walk to Jose Bautista, Overbay hit a towering drive to center off Giese (0-1), who was called up from Triple-A earlier in the day.

Right-hander Jason Frasor (2-0) got two outs for the win for Toronto, which has won seven of its past eight against Oakland.

The Blue Jays put the winning run at third base with one out in the ninth but couldn't convert against right-hander Santiago Casilla. Marco Scutaro led off with a walk, moved to second on Aaron Hill's fly to center and stole third on the first pitch to Alex Rios, who walked.

But Scutaro was caught in a rundown on Wells' grounder to second and Adam Lind struck out looking to send it to extra innings.

Left-hander Brian Tallet's first start since 2006 almost came to an early end when Athletics leadoff hitter Ryan Sweeney lined a single off Tallet's hand in the first. Sweeney went to third on Tallet's throwing error and scored one out later on Jason Giambi's RBI grounder.

Toronto tied it in the fourth against right-hander Trevor Cahill, who walked the bases loaded before giving up an RBI fielder's choice to Travis Snider. Cahill reloaded the bases by hitting Scutaro but got out of it when shortstop Orlando Cabrera made a strong throw from the hole to get Hill at first.

Oakland went ahead in the sixth when Sweeney led off with a double, went to third on Cabrera's fly and scored on Giambi's double. Tallet left after Giambi advanced on a wild pitch.

Reliever Shawn Camp got Matt Holliday to line out, then struck out Jack Cust to end the inning.

Tallet gave up two runs - one earned - and four hits in 5 1-3 innings. He walked one and struck out one.

Toronto answered in the bottom half. Overbay doubled, went to third on a sacrifice and scored when Snider singled through the drawn-in infield, chasing Cahill.

Cahill allowed two runs and five hits in 5 1-3 innings. He walked five and struck out one.

Notes:

Rios snapped an 0-for-15 streak with a single in the third.

Oakland's Nomar Garciaparra was held out of the lineup with a tight right calf, the same injury that forced him out of Tuesday's win over Boston. Garciaparra did not play Wednesday.

Athletics manager Bob Geren said 3B Eric Chavez (right shoulder) could play Sunday if he is able to hit and throw without pain before the game.

Toronto placed C Michael Barrett (right shoulder) on the 15-day DL and purchased the contract of C Raul Chavez from Triple-A.

Giese was recalled to replace LHP Jerry Blevins, who was optioned to Triple-A.


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