A's Sweep Blue Jays, Tie Mariners for Second AL Wild Card Spot


OAKLAND -- Sean Manaea pitched effectively into the seventh inning, Jonathan Lucroy drove in four runs and the Oakland Athletics completed a season sweep of Toronto, beating the Toronto Blue Jays 8-3 on Wednesday.

The A's won all seven games between the two teams this year for their first season sweep of the Blue Jays.

Franklin Barreto homered and had three RBIs for the Athletics. Lucroy added three hits.

Russell Martin homered for Toronto.

Manaea (10-7) bounced back from a shaky outing in Colorado and allowed one run while frequently pitching through traffic. He gave up five hits, struck out five and walked two.

Toronto starter Marcus Stroman (4-8) allowed seven runs and 11 hits in five innings.

Oakland backed Manaea with plenty of offense, most of it supplied from the bottom half of the lineup. The final five A's batters combined for 11 hits and drove in seven runs.

Lucroy, the No. 8 hitter, had a two-run single in the second, an RBI double in the fourth and an RBI single in the sixth.

Barreto followed Lucroy in the lineup and had a two-run double in the sixth and homered in the eighth. Barreta started in place of All-Star second baseman Jed Lowrie.

Russell hit his ninth homer, a two-run drive off Ryan Buchter, in the eighth.


Blue Jays: 2B Lourdes Gurriel Jr. was put on the disabled list with a high ankle sprain and bruised knee. . RHP Danny Barnes was activated after spending more than a month on the disabled list with left knee tendinitis.

Athletics: OF Chad Pinder, who injured his left elbow in a car accident in Colorado, has been taking groundballs and could begin swinging a bat Friday. . RHP Daniel Gossett underwent Tommy John surgery. . RHP Andrew Triggs (right arm nerve irritation) played catch for the second time in three days but has yet to throw off a mound.


Blue Jays: No starter had been named for Thursday's game in Seattle.

Athletics: LHP Brett Anderson (2-3, 5.55) faces the Detroit Tigers at the Coliseum on Friday. Both of Anderson's wins have come since he came off the disabled list July 8.

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