Gio Gonzalez fans nine in gem; As trounce Blue Jays
Gio Gonzalez posted a stellar outing Saturday night, striking out nine in Oaklands 5-1 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays, in the third edition of a four-game set. The As All-Star southpaw tossed eight frames of one-run ball in snapping a five-start losing streak.
Oakland, CA, United States
August 21, 2011 07:40 am EDT
Sports, Baseball, Major League Baseball - American League
A day after Rich Harden shut down the Blue Jays, Gio Alvarez followed it with a stellar outing, turning in eight solid innings to lead the Oakland Athletics to a 5-1 rout of Toronto Saturday night at the Coliseum.
Gonzalez (10-11) quickly rebounded after a shaky start and showed All-Star form, scattering four hits and one run, with nine strikeouts and one walk to snap a personal five-start losing streak.
It marked the first win in more than a month for the Athletics’ 25-year-old southpaw, who struggled in his only previous start against Toronto, and entered the tilt 1-2 lifetime versus the Blue Jays with a 4.01 ERA.
Gonzalez, who retired 15 straight Blue Jays at one point, got ample support from Hideki Matsui, who logged two hits with an RBI, and Ryan Sweeney who also drove in a run for the victors.
Josh Willingham, whose first-inning two-run blast proved to be all the offense Harden and the A’s bullpen needed in getting back in this series Friday night, also provided a late pinch-hit two-run homer in the eighth for the final margin.
Oakland has won four of its last five contests, including two of three in the current four-game set.
Henderson Alvarez (0-1), who previously faced Oakland in his first-ever MLB start, yielding three earned runs in 5 2-3 innings of a no decision, suffered his first big league defeat. The Toronto starter gave up seven hits and two runs over six frames in the loss.
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