May 25, 2014 ISN – TORONTO — The Blue Jays extended their winning streak to six games on Sunday afternoon, sweeping the A’s with a 3-1 victory at a packed Rogers Centre.
The Blue Jays, who completed their second consecutive series sweep after taking down the Red Sox in three straight earlier this week, are the hottest team in baseball right now.
Edwin Encarnacion continued his assault on the month of May, going yard in the fourth to break a scoreless tie, bringing the 45,277 in attendance to their feet. Encarnacion was wearing a pink sleeve to commemorate Mother’s Day in the Dominican Republic, which is celebrated on May 25.
The power-hitting first baseman has been on a tear of late, and he has gone deep 12 times this month, tying a club record previously set by Jose Bautista.
That home run broke Oakland starter Drew Pomeranz’s streak of 18 consecutive scoreless innings. It sparked a rally that saw Brett Lawrie and Dioner Navarro follow with back-to-back singles to put two runners on with one out. Steve Tolleson then walked, and it looked like the Blue Jays were poised to do some damage with Erik Kratz at the dish. But the catcher grounded into a 6-4-3 double play to end the inning and the threat.
The fifth inning brought with it more excitement and a little bit of drama.
The speedy Jose Reyes — who stole three bases on the day — continued to strut his stuff on the basepaths as he legged out an infield single to put two runners on with nobody out.
Melky Cabrera walked, marking the end of the day for Pomeranz, and the bases were loaded for the always dangerous Bautista. 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 allowed Encarnacion’s seemingly routine fly ball to fall in center field, Cabrera advanced to third, but Bautista was thrown out on the force play at second.
The call prompted a manager’s challenge from John Gibbons, and after it was declared that the play would stand, the Blue Jays manager paid home-plate umpire Mark Carlson a visit. After a brief exchange, Gibbons was tossed from the game.
Josh Donaldson had a solo shot in the eighth for the A’s.
J.A. Happ improved to 4-1 with the win for Toronto. The lefty pitched seven innings and allowed four hits and no runs, while walking three and striking out seven.