Athletics 17, Blue Jays 2

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TORONTO (AP)—The Athletics needed 130 games to hit their first grand slam of the season—and 103 years to hit two in the same game.

Ramon Hernandez and Miguel Tejada each hit grand slams—the first time the Athletics have connected for two in their 103-year history, and Oakland routed the Toronto Blue Jays 17-2 on Sunday.

“Wow, that’s amazing,” Hernandez said. “That’s pretty cool.”

Hernandez hit the second slam of his career, giving Oakland a 4-0 lead off Kelvim Escobar (9-8) in the first. Tejada’s sixth career slam made it 12-2 off Josh Towers in the sixth.

“I think we were the only team in the American League not to have a grand slam, and we hit two in one game,” Oakland manager Ken Macha said.

Billy McMillon and Jose Guillen hit back-to-back homers off Towers in the seventh, giving Oakland a 16-2 lead.

McMillon drove in a career-high five runs for the A’s, who reached a season high in runs and hits (19). The 17 runs are the most Oakland has ever scored against Toronto.

“I don’t know why we didn’t knock someone on their butt, I thought about it,” Towers said. “Why I didn’t I don’t know. We let them get extended over the plate and they just kept driving balls.”

Towers gave up seven runs—six earned—on six hits in just one inning.

The Blue Jays have allowed two grand slams in a game four times in their history. The 17 runs allowed are a season high.

“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.”

Hudson (13-4), who was scratched Thursday because of a bruised right hand, won his fourth straight start, allowing two unearned runs on six hits in six innings. He struck out none and walked one.

Hudson said his hand is feeling better.

Oakland began the day two games behind Seattle for first place in the AL West, and tied with Boston for the top spot in the AL wild-card race. Seattle and Boston played Sunday night.

Mike Neu pitched three innings for his first major league save.

“It is kind of funny,” Neu said. “It’s a 15 run lead, but that’s the way the rules are and I’m not complaining.”

The A’s sent 11 men to the plate in the sixth and scored seven runs off Towers on McMillon’s two-run single, Guillen’s RBI double and Tejada’s slam, his first since Sept 29, 2001, at Seattle.

After McMillon hit a three-run homer in the seventh, Guillen followed with a solo shot, the sixth time the A’s have hit consecutive homers this season.

Escobar allowed a season-high nine runs on 10 hits in 5 1-3 innings.

“Other than the grand slam and a few hits, I think I made good pitches,” Escobar said.

Hudson’s throwing error allowed Toronto’s Mike Bordick to score in thethird. Kevin Cash later hit an RBI grounder.


Hudson was hit by a line drive in Oakland’s 6-4 win over Toronto last Saturday. Rich Harden started in his place on Thursday. … Hudson has won seven of his last nine starts. … Infielder Dave Berg started in right field for Toronto. … Tejada went 4-for-6. He has 20 home runs. … Hernandez has 18home runs.

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