Toronto, ON, Canada (4E Sports) – J.A. Happ tossed seven scoreless frames while Edwin Encarnacion homered as the Toronto Blue Jays extended their winning run to six games with a 3-1 win over the Oakland A’s Sunday at Rogers Centre.
Happ (4-1) allowed four hits with three walks and seven strikeouts as the Blue Jays (29-22) completed their second consecutive series sweep after taking down the Boston Red Sox in three straight earlier this week.
Encarnacion continued his assault in May, going deep 12 times this month that tied a club record previously set by Jose Bautista.
Drew Pomeranz (4-2), who had three consecutive starts of five scoreless innings, gave up two runs on five hits with a season-high four walks and three strikeouts to absorb his first loss since joining the A’s rotation.
With the loss, the A’s (30-20) are now clinging to a two-game lead over Los Angeles in the American League West in advance of a seven-game homestand against the Detroit Tigers and Angels.
Encarnacion put the Jays ahead with a solo shot that broke Pomeranz’s streak of 18 consecutive scoreless innings.
In the fifth, the speedy Jose Reyes hit an infield single before Pomeranz walked Melky Cabrera to load the bases.
With reliever Jim Johnson in the game, Bautista singled to left field on the first pitch and brought around Kevin Pillar to score for a 2-0 Toronto lead. Reyes attempted to follow, but he was thrown out by Yoenis Cespedes on a play at the plate.
After a defensive miscue, Cabrera advanced to third but Bautista was thrown out on the force play at second. The call prompted a manager’s challenge from Blue Jays manager John Gibbons.
After it was declared that the play would stand, Gibbons paid home-plate umpire Mark Carlson a visit. After a brief exchange, Gibbons was tossed from the game.
Bautista hit an RBI sacrifice in the seventh before Josh Donaldson put the A’s on the board with a solo shot in the eighth.