Russell Martin drove-in three runs and added a run of his own, leading the Blue Jays to a series win in Oakland. The intrigue started before the game even started, as both teams changed its scheduled starter. Due to an off day last Thursday; the Blue Jays were able to use R.A. Dickey on regular rest to replace an ill Drew Hutchison. Oakland’s scheduled starter, Scott Kazmir, was traded to the Houston Astros just hours before game time.
The Athletics called upon Drew Pomeranz for the spot start, but he would not make it out of the second inning. After a scoreless first inning, Danny Valencia led off the second with a leadoff single. The very next hitter, Russell Martin, belted a two-run home run to give the Jays an early 2-0 lead.
Toronto’s edge did not last long, as Oakland led off the 3rd with three straight hits and quickly tied the game at 2-2. The Blue Jays seemed helpless against Oakland reliever Dan Otero, until back-to-back two-out doubles by Russell Martin and Chris Colabello allowed Toronto to regain the lead in the 4th. The very next inning, Josh Donaldson managed to haunt his former team with a solo-shot, extending the lead to 4-2. A Russell Martin sac-fly cashed in yet another insurance run in the sixth.
After the rough third inning, a strong performance from R.A. Dickey held Oakland off of the scoreboard the rest of the way. He ended up with a tremendous line of 8.1 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 6 K, 1 BB. He was pulled in the ninth after hitting Billy Butler with a pitch, but Bo Schultz immediately induced a double-play ball to secure the win.
The "Jays of the Game" are Russell Martin (.225), R.A. Dickey (.171) & Chris Colabello (.123). All players avoided the "suckage" label for the day. The Blue Jays will now head to Seattle for a three-game set, which should attract plenty of fans from north of the border. Drew Hutchison will go up against King Felix in the opener.