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A's 5, Blue Jays 1

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TORONTO -- Alberto Callaspo broke open a tie game in the ninth inning with a two-run double to power the Oakland Athletics to a 5-1 win over the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre on Monday afternoon.

After allowing the Blue Jays to tie the game 1-1 in the eighth as a result of an error, and preventing starter Dan Straily from earning the win, Callaspo made up for that an inning later.

Toronto intentionally walked Josh Reddick to load the bases for Callaspo, who responded by smoking a double down the right-field line off Blue Jays (54-64) closer Casey Janssen to help the Athletics (67-50) secure a victory and take three of four games from Toronto.

Oakland tacked on two more runs in the ninth to break open what was a tightly-contested game. The victory allowed the Athletics to finish their six-game road trip with a 3-3 record and pull within a half game of first place in the American League West behind the division-leading Texas Rangers.

Straily and Blue Jays starter J.A. Happ were locked in a pitchers' duel for the majority of the contest but both finished with no-decisions.

Happ settled down after Chris Young led off the game with a solo home run, his 10th of the season, to left field to give Oakland an early 1-0 lead.

The lefty went on to throw seven strong innings of one-run ball in his second start back since coming off the disabled list. Happ, who threw a season-high 116 pitches, allowed three hits, walked two and struck out six in the loss, and retired 18 of the final 20 batters he faced.

Straily (6-6) matched Happ pitch for pitch, and held the Blue Jays to one run over a career-high 7 1/3 innings, snapping a personal four-game losing skid in the process. The right-hander, who allowed six hits, walked three and struck out five, was removed after allowing back-to-back singles with one out in the eighth inning in favor of Ryan Cook.

Cook allowed an inherited runner to score on Callaspo's error, which allowed the Blue Jays to tie the game, but he escaped the rest of the inning unscathed before turning the ball over to Sean Doolittle in the ninth.

The loss was Toronto's seventh in its last 11 contests, and the club currently sits in last place in the American League East, 16 games back of the division-leading Boston Red Sox.

Blue Jays shortstop Jose Reyes extended his season-high hitting streak to 10 games with a single in the eighth inning.

NOTES: A's center fielder Coco Crisp (left wrist) was out of the lineup for Monday's series finale and is considered day to day. ... Oakland catcher Derek Norris (back spasms) was unavailable for Monday's game, but could return to the lineup for Tuesday's contest against the Houston Astros. ... Red Sox teammates Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Dustin Pedroia and Jonny Gomes were in attendance for Monday's game. Boston starts a three-game set in Toronto beginning Tuesday night. ... Blue Jays reliever Dustin McGowan (strained oblique) is close to beginning a throwing program, but will likely have to go on a rehab assignment before rejoining the club.
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