Gonzalez hits 2 homers, Blue Jays beat Athletics
TORONTO (AP) – Alex Gonzalez hit two home runs and Vernon Wells also connected, leading Brandon Morrow and the Toronto Blue Jays over the Oakland Athletics 10-2 Friday night.
Gonzalez hit a three-run homer in the second inning and led off the sixth with a drive down the left-field line. It was the eighth multihomer game of his career.
Gonzalez has hit seven home runs this month, a team record for a shortstop in April. Marco Scutaro hit five last April.
Wells hit his eighth home run and a pair of singles. Toronto, which came in with an AL-leading 32 homers, sent the A’s to their sixth straight road loss.
Morrow (2-2) struck out nine and allowed two runs in six innings. The right-hander retired 12 of his final 13 batters.
John Buck, who hit three homers in Toronto’s win Thursday night, had two hits, including a two-run single. He was hit by a pitch in his final plate appearance.
Kevin Kouzmanoff’s RBI single gave Oakland a 1-0 lead in the first. Toronto took the lead in the second when Gonzalez homered off Trevor Cahill (0-1).
Oakland cut it to 3-2 on Cliff Pennington’s RBI grounder in the fourth, but the Blue Jays pushed their lead to 5-2 in the bottom half on Buck’s single.
Wells followed Adam Lind’s single with a two-run shot off Cahill in the fifth, and Toronto piled on three more in the sixth.
Cahill left after Gonzalez’s homer and was replaced by Chad Gaudin. Buck hit a one-out single, Travis Snider doubled and Aaron Hill hit a ground-rule double.
Cahill made his first start of the season after being called up to pitch in place of Brett Anderson, who has an ailing left elbow. Cahill allowed eight runs and seven hits in five-plus innings.
NOTES: Oakland infielder Steve Tolleson singled in the ninth for his first major league hit. C Josh Donaldson made his major league debut as a pinch-hitter in the eighth and struck out swinging. … Toronto 3B Edwin Encarnacion (shoulder) has played as a DH at extended spring training, and could play the field as early as Monday, manager Cito Gaston said. … A fan ran onto the field at the end of the sixth and made it to second base before he was detained by security.