Samardzija (3-7) struck out five and allowed one run and four
hits in his first outing since coming over in a trade with the
Chicago Cubs on Friday. Eric O'Flaherty worked a perfect eighth to
get the ball to Sean Doolittle, who gave up one run in the ninth
before securing his 13th save.
Drew Hutchison (6-7) took the loss, giving up three runs and eight
hits in 5 2/3 innings. Jed Lowrie had two hits and scored twice and
John Jaso and Craig Gentry each added two hits and an RBI for
Oakland, which wrapped up its first four-game sweep of the Blue Jays
since May 22-24, 1981.
The A's staked Samardzija to an early lead on Gentry's RBI single in
the second and tacked on two more in the fourth on run-scoring
singles from Nate Freiman and Jaso. After allowing hits to two of
the game's first three batters, Samardzija didn't allow another one
until the sixth, when Jose Reyes singled and Munenori Kawasaki
doubled ahead of Melky Cabrera's RBI groundout.
Pinch hitter Derek Norris knocked in an insurance run in the eighth,
scoring Gentry with a double. Steve Tolleson led off the ninth with
a solo blast to cut the margin back to two, but Doolittle retired
the next three batters to seal it.
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GAME NOTEBOOK: Blue Jays 1B Edwin Encarnacion had an MRI and was
diagnosed with a right quadriceps strain after suffering the injury
Saturday night. … The Blue Jays claimed OF Nolan Reimold off waivers
from Baltimore and designated OF Brad Glenn for assignment. …
Oakland 1B/OF Brandon Moss had an MRI on his sore left ankle, which
has kept him out of the lineup since injuring the ankle Friday.
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