The Oakland A's broke out of a slump in a big way with a 10-1 win against the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday, and a veteran pitcher reached a major milestone in the process.
Edwin Jackson struck out five and walked three in 5 2/3 scoreless innings to pick up his 100th career victory. nearly 15 years after he picked up his first on his 19th birthday.
"It's very special," Jackson told NBC Sports California's Kara Tsuboi after the game. "[With] the career I've had, as much as I've bounced around, never in my life would I think I would have 100 wins in the major leagues. But I've definitely been blessed, and I've been able to share this moment with my teammates and my wife. She's been following me around the last three weeks, waiting for me to get it and this is the last week that [my family has] here. And for me to be able to get it at home in front of the home fans is special."
Jackson signed a minor-league deal with the A's on June 6, and won his Oakland debut against the Detroit Tigers, one of his 12 former teams, on June 25. He picked up win No. 99 in his second start one June 30, and waited exactly a month before hitting the century mark.
But during that month, Jackson's helped stabilize Oakland's rotation. He's posted a 3.32 ERA and 1.08 WHIP in 40 2/3 innings over that span
Jackson and his teammates celebrated the milestone with a "pretty expensive bottle of champagne," A's manager Bob Melvin told reporters in his postgame press conference. Melvin said the 34-year-old has been a strong influence in a young A's clubhouse.
"The guy comes into a team -- it's what, his 13th organization or whatever -- and comes in like a 'day one,' and fits in like he's been here a few years," Melvin said. "Everybody's excited for him. I know he's pretty excited. 100 wins is a lot of wins, and guys are in there celebrating for him right now."