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Blue Jays overcome Reddick's home runs this time

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TORONTO -- Josh Reddick was at it again.

After hitting three home runs in Friday's 14-6 win by the Oakland Athletics, he hit two more blasts against the Toronto Blue Jays on Saturday.

This time they were not enough.

The Blue Jays, powered by home runs from Jose Bautista and Jose Reyes, defeated the A's, 5-4. before a crowd of 39,634 at Rogers Centre.

"I'll tell you, he's on fire," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said of Reddick. "He had a big year last year, but his home runs are down this year, but it seems like he's picking it up."

Reddick who came to Toronto with five home runs for the season, now has 10 and the right-fielder is surprising even himself.

"A little bit, yeah," Reddick said. "It's kind of unbelievable. Constant work is finally paying off, watching video is finally paying off.

"Hopefully, this is something I can stick with and continue doing it for the rest of the year."

Left-hander Mark Buehrle (8-7) allowed three runs and seven hits in 5 1/3 innings to win his third straight decision.

Right-hander Sonny Gray (0-1) allowed four hits and four runs (two earned) in six innings to take the loss in his first major-league start.

Gary made two relief outings for the A's in July.

Reddick's second home run of the game led off the ninth against Toronto closer Casey Janssen, who picked up his 21st save.

"I was trying to get ahead," Janssen said. "Didn't do that on the first pitch and wanted to get back in the count. He's been swinging the bat really well in this series and I let him continue it."

After Reddick's home run cut the lead to one, the A's added singles by Alberto Callaspo and Coco Crisp, on a bunt, in the ninth.

But pinch-hitter Stephen Vogt's bunt resulted in a force out at third. Jed Lowrie followed with a fly out to center and Yoenis Cespedes struck out to end the game.

The force at third was a big play by Janssen.

"It keeps that tying run off third with less than two outs," Gibbons said. "Casey is a pretty good fielder, he gets off the mound really well."

Added Janssen: "I threw a cutter in and he gave me a chance; he didn't get it down the line tight enough. It kind of bounced, stayed up a little bit for me. The way the ball was placed, I knew I had a chance at third just based on it not being tight on the line and more towards me.

"I didn't feel like it was a gamble; I field my position well. My clock in my head said I had a chance."

The Blue Jays led, 2-0, in the first on Bautista's 27th home run of the season following a walk to Maicer Izturis.

Reddick hit his ninth home run of the season after a walk to Chris Young to tie the game, 2-2, in the top of the second.

The Blue Jays regained the lead in their half of the second without a hit.

Brett Lawrie, who was 0-for-3 to snap a career-best 11-game hitting streak, struck out swinging but reached first base on a passed ball, and Rajai Davis walked.

Lawrie took third on J.P. Arencibia's fly out to right and scored when Reyes forced Davis at second.

The Blue Jays took a 4-2 lead in the third with another unearned run.

Bautista led off with a single and third baseman Josh Donaldson committed a throwing error trying for a force at second on a grounder by Edwin Encarnacion. Bautista scored on a single by Colby Rasmus.

Athletics manager Bob Melvin liked what he saw from Gray.

"He threw the ball really well," Melvin said. "Maybe his command, as far as balls and strikes, wasn't there early on but he figured that out.

"We could have played a little cleaner and probably kept those two (unearned runs) off the board. Everything he did today was impressive. If we execute a little better in this game, we win it."

The A's pulled one run back in the sixth on an infield single by Cespedes, a double by Donaldson and a sacrifice fly by Nate Freiman.

Buehrle was replaced by left-hander Brett Cecil, who hit Young with a pitch before striking out Reddick and retiring Callaspo on a pop fly to second base to keep the lead intact.

Reyes hit his ninth home run of the season off reliever Ryan Cook with one out in the seventh to restore Toronto's two-run lead.

NOTES: The Blue Jays put LHP Juan Perez on the 60-day disabled list Saturday because of a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow. The 34-year-old reliever was removed from the seventh inning of Friday night's game because of the injury. ... RHP Mickey Storey was recalled from Triple-A Buffalo to replace Perez, who was 1-2 with a 3.69 ERA in 19 relief outings. ... Sonny Gray was called up from Triple-A Sacramento for Saturday's start and INF Adam Rosales was designated for assignment by the A's to make room for him. Rosales was claimed on waivers from Texas on Thursday. The Rangers had claimed Rosales from the A's on Aug. 2. ... RHP R.A. Dickey (9-11, 4.45 ERA)will start for Toronto on Sunday against Oakland RHP A.J. Griffin(10-8, 3.91 ERA).
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