The A’s pounded the Blue Jays 17-2 on Sunday as both Ramon Hernandez and Miguel Tejada hit grand slams. Oakland had not managed a single grand slam all season before delivering a pair in one game for the first time in the 103-year history of the franchise.
The A’s also compiled a season-high 19 hits.
“Today was probably one of the best offensive outputs that I’ve had when I’ve pitched since I’ve been here,” Oakland starter Tim Hudson said. “It’s nice. I wish we could spread some out.”
The A’s are 4-2 on their seven-game road trip, but Sunday marked the first time an Oakland starter got a win on the swing. Oakland’s bullpen is 3-0 with two saves and a 3.28 ERA during the trip.
Their recent offensive surge has moved the A’s within one game of first-place Seattle in the AL West. Oakland and Boston are tied atop the AL wild card standings.
The Blue Jays are 3-3 on their seven-game homestand.
STANDINGS: Athletics - 2nd place, 1 GB, AL West. Blue Jays - 3rd place, 16 GB, AL East.
ATHLETICS PROBABLE STARTER: Ted Lilly (6-9, 4.99 ERA). Lilly gave up six runs and 10 hits in 3 1-3 innings of Oakland’s come-from-behind 8-6 win over Boston on Wednesday. The A’s have won two of Lilly’s last three starts, but the left-hander has not received a decision in any of those outings. He is 0-1 with a 6.23 ERA in six career starts against Toronto.
BLUE JAYS PROBABLE STARTER: Cory Lidle (3-1, 4.74 ERA). Lidle returns from a stint on the 15-day DL due to a left groin strain. The right-hander has not pitched since allowing eight runs and eight hits over 5 1-3 innings in a 10-1 loss at Tampa Bay on Aug. 4—his sixth loss in eight starts. In his two career starts against Oakland, Lidle is 1-1 with a 1.00 ERA.
OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Athletics - Eric Chavez, .277 avg. and 23 HRs; Miguel Tejada, 83 RBIs and 75 runs; Eric Byrnes, 9 SBs. Blue Jays - Vernon Wells, .311 avg.; Carlos Delgado, 33 HRs, 117 RBIs and 98 runs; Bobby Kielty, 6 SBs.
SEASON SERIES: Athletics, 4-2.
STREAKS AND NOTES: Athletics - Every Oakland starter had at least one hit in Sunday’s game. … SS Tejada went 4-for-6 on Sunday. … Oakland has clinched its first winning road trip since May. Blue Jays - Toronto has at least 10 runs 11 times this season, and at least six in an inning on 10 occasions. …… INF Dave Berg started in right field Sunday. … The Blue Jays optioned RHP Dan Reichert to Triple-A Syracuse on Sunday to make room for RHP Lidle.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Athletics - 31-34 on the road; Blue Jays - 29-35 at home.
INJURIES: Athletics - OF Jermaine Dye (shoulder), 15-day DL; LHP Micah Bowie (elbow), 15-day DL; LHP Mark Mulder (hip), 15-day DL. Blue Jays - LHP Doug Creek (elbow), 60-day DL; RHP Bob File (shoulder), 60-day DL.