TORONTO (AP) -
sat slumped at his locker, his head in his hands, as if dreading the sleepless night that lay ahead.
's game-winning single with two outs in the ninth inning and the
Toronto Blue Jays
extended the Athletics' season-long losing streak to eight games, beating Oakland 4-3 on Tuesday night.
''I'm frustrated with myself more than anything,'' said Street, who is 1-4 with a 6.00 ERA and four blown saves in his past
''When you have a chance to win and you don't win, it's always frustrating,'' Oakland manager
said. ''We've had a rough week. It would have been a big one to win and get us going.''
On Saturday, Geren said he might use left-hander
in save situations if Street continues to struggle.
Street (2-5) has blown six save opportunities overall and has the lowest save percentage of any American League closer.
''Even though this was a horrible outing and poor timing as far as everything that's going on with the team and this streak
and me personally, my situation as the team's closer, we've got to put it behind us,'' Street said.
''I've got to put it behind myself. It's going to be difficult sleeping tonight, no doubt, but when I wake up in the morning,
it's over, and that's how I'm going to approach it.''
, who drove in two runs, said the late defeat stung worse than usual.
''It seems like we're scratching any way we can to try and get a win,'' Crosby said. ''To lose like that is tough.''
had a career-high four hits for the Athletics, who have dropped six straight road games and are a major league worst 2-15
since the All-Star break.
Street came into the game a perfect 3-for-3 in save situations against Toronto this season, allowing just one hit in three
shutout innings, but couldn't get the job done in this one.
Trailing 3-2 heading into the bottom of the ninth,
led off with a single and scored the tying run one out later when
doubled over the head of left fielder
was walked intentionally and
advanced both runners with an infield chopper before Mench lined the first pitch he saw into the left-center field alley,
(4-1) got two outs to earn the victory.
Ziegler worked two shutout innings, extending his scoreless innings streak to 34. It's the longest scoreless streak to begin
a career in modern major league history (since 1900), and just four inning shy of the Oakland team record of 37 scoreless
innings, set by Mike Torres in 1976.
''He just continues to be amazing,'' Geren said. ''He's been outstanding.''
The Athletics took a 1-0 lead in the second when Gonzalez doubled and scored on a single by
, but Toronto tied it in the bottom half when Barajas singled and came around on Lind's triple.
A two-out, two-run triple by Crosby gave Oakland a 3-1 lead in the fourth, but Toronto got one back in the fifth on
's RBI single.
Seeking an insurance run, Oakland loaded the bases against reliever
with nobody out in the eighth, but came up empty when shortstop
made a diving catch on Ellis' liner, then threw from his knees to double up pinch runner
off second base.
ended the inning by grounding out.
''That was a base-running mistake that cost us an out,'' Geren said of Brown's miscue.
allowed two runs and four hits in six innings.
Making his second start of the season,
allowed three runs and seven hits in 5 2-3 innings.
made the defensive play of the game, leaping against the wall in left to snare a liner from Barajas for the final out of the
will make his major league debut for the Athletics on Wednesday, while RHP
will get an extra day of rest and start the series finale on Thursday. Duchscherer is 0-2 with a 5.21 ERA in his last three
starts. ... Toronto INF
(left knee) missed his second straight game. ''He's still a little sore but he's feeling better,''