Stroman works deep, Drury goes deep in Blue Jays win in Oakland
|Toronto Star 20 Apr 2019 at 06:19|
OAKLAND, CALIF.â€”Marcus Stroman struck out six and pitched into the ninth, Brandon Drury homered, and the Blue Jays beat the Oakland Athletics 5-1 on Friday night to snap a seven-game losing streak in the series.
Stroman allowed six hits and one run with two walks for his first victory of the season despite a 1.99 ERA coming into his fifth start. He had received only one run of support over 22 2/3 innings before Friday.
Blue Jays starter Marcus Stroman was in the zone in Friday nightâ€™s series opener against the Aâ€™s in Oakland, working into the ninth and allowing one run on six hits.Â Â (Ben Margot / AP)
The right-hander pitched eight innings for the first time since Aug. 11, 2017 against Pittsburgh. He had a chance for a complete game, but surrendered a leadoff double to Kendrys Morales in the ninth and gave way to Ken Giles â€” and Stroman was visibly upset. Oaklandâ€™s Ramon Laureano argued with plate umpire Laz Diaz on a called third strike to end the game and had to be held back by teammates and coaches.
Danny Jansen hit a two-run double in the second that put the Blue Jays up for good.
Jansen followed Socrates Brito, who singled to get Toronto on the board and snap an 0-for-21 streak overall with his first hit and RBI with the Blue Jays. He had been hitless in 23 straight at-bats overall dating to last season while with Arizona.
Slugger Khris Davis went 0 for 4 with three strikeouts after receiving a new contract from the Aâ€™s that adds $33.75 million U.S. and runs through 2021. His hitless night dropped his batting average to .247 â€” he has hit exactly .247 in each of his last four seasons.
The Aâ€™s went ahead 1-0 in the first on Matt Chapmanâ€™s double, then Stroman shut them down.
Eric Sogard, who spent 2010-15 with the Aâ€™s, batted leadoff and played second in just his fourth game â€” and start â€” for the Blue Jays since being called up Monday from Triple-A Buffalo. He drew cheers before the game and when he stepped into the batterâ€™s box in the first.
Oakland starter Aaron Brooks allowed five runs on six hits in five innings, struck out five and walked two.
He dropped to 0-3 â€” lowering his ERA vs. Toronto from 57.86 to 24.55 â€” in three career starts against the Blue Jays. He had last faced them on Aug. 12, 2015 with the Aâ€™s.