The duo has accounted for seven home runs through the first half of this four-game set. Five of them have come from Reddick, who takes on R.A. Dickey looking to extend his domination of the Blue Jays while Bautista faces A.J. Griffin and tries to keep tormenting the Oakland Athletics .
Griffin (10-8, 3.91 ERA) has given up a major league-high 28 homers, including 10 in his past four outings. He's the first Oakland pitcher to allow at least two in four straight starts since Mark Redman in 2007.
"He's not pitching poorly," said manager Bob Melvin , who seeks win No. 700. "The home runs just stand out."
Dickey (9-11, 4.49) is tied for second in the majors with 25 home runs allowed, including 18 in 12 starts at home. No current A's player has homered off the knuckleballer, but Reddick has never faced him.
Reddick homered three times Friday, snapping an 0-for-20 slump, as Oakland won the series opener 14-6. He had five RBIs that night and added three more Saturday on a pair of home runs, though Toronto won 5-4.
"I'm going into the batter's box a lot more comfortable and feeling like they can't get me out right now," Reddick said.
Bautista also went deep in both games and is 6 for 9 in the series. He's batting .467 with eight extra-base hits, including four homers, in his last nine games against the A's (65-50).
While Bautista is hot in general - 15 for 30 during an eight-game hitting streak - and among the AL leaders with 27 homers, Reddick has struggled nearly all season after hitting 32 home runs last year. Half of his 10 this season have come in the last two days, and all 11 of his RBIs over his last 15 games have been against the Blue Jays.
"He's on fire," Toronto manager John Gibbons said. "His home runs have been down this year, but he seems to be picking it up."
Reddick has nine homers and 23 RBIs in 13 games versus the Blue Jays (54-62) since the start of last season.
Dickey, meanwhile, is 0-2 with a 7.11 ERA in three home starts since July 1, but he's pitched well on the road in his last two. He allowed another homer Monday but ended a five-start winless stretch with a 3-1 victory at Seattle, five days after giving up two unearned runs in six innings of a 5-2 win in Oakland.
Griffin won that series opener July 29 despite surrendering home runs to Edwin Encarnacion , Adam Lind and Brett Lawrie . He yielded only one other hit in seven innings of the 9-4 victory, improving to 2-0 with a 2.45 ERA in three starts versus the Blue Jays.
The right-hander yielded four runs again Sunday en route to his second loss in nine outings, going 6 2-3 innings in a 4-0 defeat to Texas. Griffin had been slated to start Saturday but was pushed back a day, and he's 4-0 with a 2.45 ERA in five career starts on at least six days' rest.
He'll try to step up for an Oakland team which has lost seven of nine as its rotation has posted a 5.12 ERA. He's the only pitcher to go beyond six innings in that stretch.
Toronto's Jose Reyes drove in a run for the fifth straight game Saturday and homered for the third time in eight games.
|July 25, 2013||John Jaso||15-Day DL||Concussion|
|July 20, 2013||Yoenis Cespedes||Day-to-Day||Sore left wrist|
|June 29, 2013||Jarrod Parker||Day-to-Day||Left game - right hamstring cramp|
|June 20, 2013||Derek Norris||Day-to-Day||Left game - groin injury|
|June 11, 2013||Yoenis Cespedes||Day-to-Day||Left game - left hamstring tightness|
|May 07, 2013||Josh Reddick||15-Day DL||Sprained right wrist|
|Toronto Blue Jays|
|August 10, 2013||Juan Perez||60-Day DL||Torn UCL ligament, left elbow|
|August 03, 2013||Steve Delabar||15-Day DL||Right shoulder inflammation|
|August 02, 2013||Melky Cabrera||15-Day DL||Left knee strain|
|July 30, 2013||Dustin McGowan||15-Day DL||Strained right oblique|
|June 28, 2013||Melky Cabrera||15-Day DL||Left knee tendinitis|
|June 28, 2013||Melky Cabrera||15-Day DL||Left knee tendinitis|
TORONTO (AP) -- Oakland's Bob Melvin called the 700th win of his managerial career "excruciating" and an "emotional roller coaster."
Alberto Callaspo hit a tiebreaking, two-run double in the eighth inning, Brandon Moss had a two-run homer and the Athletics beat the Toronto Blue Jays 6-4 on Sunday.
"We find a way to win the game, but it wasn't pretty," Melvin said.
The Athletics won for the third time in seven games to remain one game behind division-leading Texas in the AL West.
"Every win is a huge win, especially from here on out," catcher Stephen Vogt said. "We're battling."
Oakland outfielder Josh Reddick , who homered five times in the first two games of the series, was moved up to fifth in the order but didn't connect again. He went 1 for 3 with two walks.
Facing left-hander Darren Oliver (3-3) with runners at first and second and two outs in the eighth, Callaspo hit a drive to deep left. Emilio Bonifacio almost made a leaping catch at the wall, but the ball ticked off the side of his glove. A second run scored without a play at the plate when shortstop Jose Reyes dropped Bonifacio's relay throw.
"I thought (Bonifacio) was going to catch it," Callaspo said. "I hit the ball pretty good but not enough to go out. I'm happy he didn't catch that."
Vogt followed with an infield single and pinch-hitter Chris Young chased Oliver with an RBI single before Brad Lincoln came on and got Eric Sogard to fly out.
Ryan Cook (4-2) pitched 1 1-3 innings for the win, Sean Doolittle worked the eighth and Grant Balfour pitched around Brett Lawrie 's RBI double in a 37-pitch, 26-minute bottom of the ninth for his 30th save in 31 chances. Balfour got Reyes to ground out with the bases loaded for the final out.
"I was horrible today, no doubt about it," Balfour said. "I got the job done, that's the main thing."
Vogt said Balfour was struggling with his slider.
"He couldn't get a good feel for his slider, he was kind of yanking the ball a little bit," Vogt said.
Moss hit his 18th home run off Blue Jays right-hander R.A. Dickey in the sixth inning.
"It wasn't a bad pitch, it actually was down in the zone," Dickey said. "He just went down and got it and hit it out."
It was the 26th home run allowed by Dickey this season, second only to Oakland starter A.J. Griffin's 28, and the 19th Dickey has surrendered in 13 home starts.
"He's a fly ball guy and the ball flies here," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said of Dickey.
Dickey allowed three runs and six hits in seven innings, walked two and struck out six. He's 0-2 with a 6.23 ERA in his past four outings at Rogers Centre.
"That's big for us, that's big to win a game with R.A. Dickey starting and going into tomorrow with a chance to take the series," Vogt said.
The Blue Jays opened the scoring in the second thanks to a pair of Oakland errors. Leadoff batter Adam Lind reached on a fielding error by first baseman Moss and moved to second when Colby Rasmus walked. Rasmus was forced out on Lawrie's grounder to second, but an errant throw to first by shortstop Sogard allowed Lind to score.
After going 0 for 6 with runners in scoring position through the first five innings, Oakland broke through against Dickey with a three-run sixth. Yoenis Cespedes led off with a double, moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on Josh Donaldson 's single. Moss homered two pitches later.
Toronto immediately tied it in the bottom half on an RBI single by Reyes and a sacrifice fly from Maicer Izturis . Cook replaced Griffin and intentionally walked Jose Bautista , but got Edwin Encarnacion to ground out.
Griffin had given up 10 home runs in his previous four starts but, pitching on an extra day's rest, avoided another longball barrage against the Blue Jays. The right-hander allowed three runs, two earned, and five hits in 5 2-3 innings. He walked a season-high six, one intentional, and struck out two.
NOTES: Athletics OF Coco Crisp left in the eighth with a sore left wrist and is not expected to play Monday. ... Toronto juggled its rotation, moving LHP J.A. Happ up from Tuesday to Monday and pushing RHP Josh Johnson back from Monday to Wednesday with a sore forearm. RHP Todd Redmond will be recalled from Triple-A Buffalo to start against Boston Tuesday. ... Oakland C Derek Norris (back) was held out of the starting lineup. ... The Blue Jays have lost eight of 12 at home. ... Rasmus celebrated his 27th birthday. ... The Blue Jays wore red jerseys and maple leaf logo caps as the team marked Canada Baseball Day. ... Attendance was 45,312, Toronto's sixth sellout of the season.