American League Game Summary - Toronto at Oakland|
(Tuesday, May 8th)
Final Score: Oakland 7, Toronto 3
Oakland, CA (Sports Network) - Brandon Inge left the field with his shirt
untucked after a wild celebration at the plate with his Oakland Athletics
Moments earlier he left the park with a walk-off grand slam.
Inge's blast off Toronto Blue Jays closer Francisco Cordero capped a five-run
ninth inning and lifted the A's to a 7-3 victory in the opener of a two-game
series on Tuesday night.
Cliff Pennington had a tying RBI single off Cordero (1-2) as Oakland came back
after the Blue Jays took a 3-2 lead in the top of the ninth on Kelly Johnson's
Inge, in his seventh game with the A's after being cut loose by the Detroit
Tigers, lined a 1-0 breaking pitch over the left field wall to cap a wild
It was his first home game in an A's uniform.
"He's here for a reason," said A's manager Bob Melvin. "He's going to play."
The five-run rally was sparked by Michael Taylor's leadoff double down the
right field line and included a sacrifice bunt; Pennington's hit and stolen
base; two intentional walks; and a passed ball.
The Tigers had five infielders in when Inge homered.
The shot made a winner out of Grant Balfour (1-1), who had allowed a leadoff
triple to Eric Thames in the top of the ninth and later Johnson's go-ahead
"The three outs in the ninth are pretty tough for us right now," said Blue
Jays manager John Farrell.
Cordero has blown three saves in his past four appearances.
Johnson hit a two-run homer earlier for the Blue Jays and Josh Reddick had a
two-run homer for the A's.
Jarrod Parker started for Brandon McCarthy, who was pushed back to Wednesday,
and went seven innings for the A's. He allowed two runs on four hits and five
walks while striking out three.
Blue Jays starter Ricky Romero, who entered his seventh start 4-0, threw 110
pitches in six innings and gave up two runs on five hits and five walks. He
struck out seven.
Both teams missed chances to build rallies in the first two innings before
Johnson gave the Blue Jays a 2-0 lead in the third with his seventh homer of
the season, an opposite-field shot to left that scored J.P. Arencibia after a
The A's tied the game on Reddick's two-run shot to right-center field in the
fifth. It also scored Jemile Weeks, who had led off with a walk and stole
The A's opened a six-game homestand after a 5-4 road trip...The Blue Jays lost
their third game in a row and fell to 2-3 on a 10-game road trip after a split
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