A’s clip Jays


TORONTO – Bobby Crosby and Adam Melhuse homered and Toronto starter Josh Towers fell to 0-7 as the Oakland Athletics beat the Blue Jays 6-5.

Crosby and Melhuse homered in the fourth off Towers, who has lost all seven of his starts this season.

Towers’ ERA fell from 10.59 to 10.09 despite allowing three runs in four innings. The right-hander won 13 games last season and signed a two-year contract in the offseason, but he has lost a career-worst seven straight decisions.

He did rebound last season after losing six straight decisions.

Oakland starter Dan Harin (2-3) looked sharp, allowing three runs and six hits in 7 1-3 innings. He struck out seven and walked two.

Toronto put two runners on in the eighth, but Kiko Calero struck out Shea Hillenbrand on three pitches for the second out of the inning. Houston Street came on and got four outs for his fifth save in six chances despite allowing RBIs doubles to Reed Johnson and Vernon Wells in the ninth. Troy Glaus popped out to second base to end the game.

Towers looked sharp in the first three innings before Crosby led off the fourth by crushing a ball over the center field wall for Oakland’s first run.

Towers later walked Jay Payton with two outs in the inning before Melhuse hit a towering homer to right center to give Oakland a 3-0 lead.

Oakland added two unearned runs in the sixth after Toronto third baseman Glaus’ fielding error allowed Oakland to load the bases and Mark Kotsay followed with a two-run single off Dustin McGowan.

Harin took a one-hit shutout into the seventh before Hillenbrand singled and Gregg Zaun hit a two-run homer.

After Aaron Hill tripled in the inning, Johnson hit an RBI single to cut Oakland’s lead to 5-3.

But Toronto shortstop Russ Adams committed his fourth error in three days in the eighth, allowing Payton to score Oakland’s sixth run after he threw wildly to first on what should have been a double play.

Notes: Oakland 3B Eric Chavez was a late scratch due to illness. Antonio Perez replaced him in the lineup. Chavez is 11-for-21 (.524) with three home runs and seven RBIs in his career against Towers. … Johnson ended an 0-for-12 slump with his single in the seventh. … Towers lost six straight decisions from May 22-June 24 last season.

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