Blue Jays surrender four runs in ninth to lose to Athletics

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The Canadian Press
8/12/2013 9:21:43 PM
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TORONTO -- J.A. Happ gave the Toronto Blue Jays everything but a win Monday afternoon.

Alberto Callaspo doubled in two runs in a four-run ninth inning to power the Oakland Athletics past Toronto 5-1 at Rogers Centre. The win gave the A's (67-50) three-of-four against the Jays (54-64).

The defeat was a bitter pill to swallow for Happ, who is also mourning the loss of his grandfather. Happ allowed three hits, two walks and one run while striking out six over seven innings in his second start since being hit in the head by a line drive May 7 at Tropicana Field.

"I definitely had a heavy heart," Happ said. "I tried to use it.

"I probably had a little bit of a different attitude, a little different outlook given the past few days. But I felt good and be glad to get with the family this week."

Happ was put on the three-day bereavement list after the game. The only run he surrendered came on the first hitter he faced as Chris Young belted his 10th homer this season and fifth by Oakland to lead off a game.

After walking Young to lead off the third, Happ retired 14 consecutive batters until Callaspo hit his first double of the game with two out in the seventh.

"It's definitely something to build off," Happ said. "I think that aggressiveness, a little more carefree maybe in my delivery in just trying to be aggressive in the zone was a good things for me and that's usually when I have better results.

"So I'll definitely try to continue that."

Toronto manager John Gibbons had nothing but praise for his starter.

"He was great," Gibbons said. "He started out a little slow but I think Callaspo that first at-bat he hit a groove.

"Before that he was scattering a little bit. But then everything fell in line."

Happ fanned Callaspo in the second after giving up a single and walk to open the inning.

Happ got the start Monday because right-hander Josh Johnson had his outing pushed to Wednesday. That was to give Johnson a couple of extra days of rest after experiencing stiffness in his right forearm.

"He was on today," A's designated-hitter Josh Donaldson said of Happ. "I came in and looked at some of my video. I had one pitch over the plate and it was the very first pitch.

"After that, it was corner, corner, corner, mixing speeds. As a hitter, it's kind of frustrating because you want to be able to get a pitch to hit and he just wouldn't give it to you."

Oakland right-hander Dan Straily held Toronto to six hits and one run over 7 1/3 innings. Reliever Ryan Cook (5-2) pitched two-thirds of an inning for the win.

"He was probably as good as we've seen him all year," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "Efficient, strikes, deep in the game.

"He was aggressive with his fastball and he had a really good slider. He mixed in just enough changeups and a couple of curveballs."

Callaspo, obtained July 30 from the Los Angeles Angels, also snapped a tie in the A's 6-4 win Sunday with a two-run double in the eighth.

Straily left after singles by Jose Reyes and Maicer Izturis put runners on the corners with one out in the eighth.

Cook took over and Reyes scored the tying run on Callaspo's error on a ball hit by Jose Bautista. But Edwin Encarnacion lined into an inning-ending double play.

Donaldson led off the ninth with a single and pinch-hitter Brandon Moss doubled with one out. Josh Reddick, who had five homrtd the first two games of the series, was walked intentionally.

Callaspo knocked in two runs off Toronto closer Casey Janssen (4-1) with his second double of the game. Stephen Vogt singled in another and Sogard hit a sacrifice fly.

"I gave up that leadoff single and it just kind of snowballed one me," Janssen said. "You have to give them a little bit of credit they swung the bats and I didn't execute as good as I should have.

"I think I threw a few more offspeed pitches, just trying to find a way to get an out. I threw a few more changeups than I usually do and I left one up to Vogt. Overall I just wasn't very good."

NOTES: Attendance at Rogers Centre was 36,111 . . . The start time of the Blue Jays home game against the Baltimore Orioles on Sept. 14 has been changed to 4:07 p.m. from 1:07 p.m . . . Oakland outfielder Coco Crisp did not play because of a sore left wrist. Crisp has hit three homers leading off a game this season for the A's while infielder Adam Rosales has one . . . Reyes extended his hit streak to 10 games with his eighth-inning single . . . Toronto opens a three-game series against the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday at Rogers Centre. Right-hander Todd Redmond (1-1, 4.22 earned-run average) is expected to be recalled from triple-A Buffalo with right-hander Esmil Rogers returned to the bullpen. Canadian right-hander Ryan Dempster (6-8, 4.67 ERA) will start for Boston.



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