TORONTO -- The Oakland Athletics have been struggling of late, and Josh Reddick gave them just what they needed on Friday.
The right fielder hit three home runs and drove in five runs as the Athletics snapped a three-game losing streak with a 14-6 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays before a crowd of 31,862 at Rogers Centre.
Reddick helped right-hander Jarrod Parker win his sixth straight decision.
The game also was a big relief to Reddick, who entered Friday batting .145 (10-for-69) with one homer and five RBIs in his previous 22 games.
"Fantastic," Reddick said. "Finally got something to go my way. You hit it over there, they can't catch it. This team's been doing a great job all year, keeping us in first place without me."
"That was a breakthrough," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "Through all this, he continues to play hard, he continues to play great defense. It's a frustrating year for him, so hopefully this is a nice day for him and he can hang his hat on it."
Jed Lowrie and Yoenis Cespedes also homered for the A's, who had a season-high five home runs and have won just two of their past eight games. They outhit the Blue Jays, 17-11.
Lowrie had his third four-hit game of the season and added three RBIs.
Athletics' second baseman Eric Sogard extended his career-best hitting streak to 14 games with two hits. It is the longest hitting streak by an A's player this season.
The Blue Jays hit two home runs against reliever Pat Neshek in a three-run eighth. Jose Bautista hit a solo blast for his 26th homer of the season, and Colby Rasmus had a two-run blast, his 18th of the season. Brett Lawrie extended his hit streak to 11 games with a second-inning double.
Parker (8-6) has not lost since May 22. He has compiled his winning streak over his past 13 starts, starting May 28, and has a 2.90 ERA over that span. He held the Blue Jays to six hits and three runs in six innings.
The A's had seven hits, including three home runs, as well as two walks while scoring seven runs in three innings against Blue Jays starter Esmil Rogers (3-7), who lost his fifth consecutive decision and has not won since June 18. The right-hander's earned-run average over his past seven starts is 8.50.
"He's not in the strike zone as much, that's pretty obvious, they're barreling him up, they're not missing many right now," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. "I don't think he's tired."
It was another short start for the Blue Jays, putting stress on the bullpen.
"He's battling out there, he's a competitor, he's going through a tough time," Gibbons said. "We wanted to get some innings out of him. We had the day off yesterday and that was big. You look over the past few weeks, it's happened a lot. It's definitely been happening too often. And it makes it tough on the guys in the field. You get down early and it's a tough climb back."
"It's really frustrating," Rogers said. "I don't throw that way. No, I don't feel tired. I don't even know how many innings I got. At the end of the day, I passed the innings from last year, but I don't think about it. I don't think my body is hurting, and I feel great.
"I think my breaking pitch right now -- I can't even use
my breaking pitch because I can't even throw it for a strike."
The Blue Jays' third pitcher of the game, left-hander Juan Perez, left during the A's two-run seventh with an elbow injury.
"It doesn't look good, there's nothing definite right now," Gibbons said.
Perez gave up Reddick's third homer of the game and his eighth of the season in the sixth inning with two runners on.
The Athletics led 4-0 before they made an out in the first. Coco Crisp led off with a single, Sogard walked and Lowrie hit his ninth homer of the season. Cespedes hit his 18th home run of the season to left on the next pitch.
"A game like that is always nice," Melvin said. "This is a nice ballpark to hit in."
Oakland added two runs in the second. Seth Smith led off with a double and Stephen Vogt walked. The runners moved up a base on a balk. Crisp singled in one run. The other scored on Sogard's sacrifice fly to right that resulted in Crisp being doubled up at first.
The Blue Jays answered with three in the bottom of the second. Rasmus walked with one out and came around to score on a double by Lawrie when the ball skipped past Crisp in center field. Emilio Bonifacio singled in a run, stole second and scored on a double by Jose Reyes.
Oakland led 7-3 in the third after Reddick homered to right with two out.
NOTES: The Athletics assigned RHP Evan Scribner to Triple-A Sacramento to make room for INF Adam Rosales, who was reclaimed on waivers from Texas on Thursday. The Rangers claimed Rosales from the A's on Aug. 2. ... Blue Jays backup C Josh Thole started for the fourth game in a row on Friday. Gibbons said regular C J.P. Arencibia (right knee bursitis) was available to play if needed on Friday and might be able to start on Saturday. INF Mark DeRosa is the emergency catcher ... Oakland RHP Sonny Gray (0-0, 0.00 ERA) is scheduled to make his first major-league start on Saturday when he faces Toronto LHP Mark Buehrle (7-7, 4.41 ERA). Gray is 10-7, 3.42 ERA in 20 starts for Triple-A Sacramento. The 22-year-old has pitched four innings in two relief appearances for Oakland this season, allowing two hits and one walk with six strikeouts.