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A’s achieve something never done in Toronto with win over Blue Jays

TORONTO — Rickey Henderson and the Bash Brothers couldn’t do it. The Big Three couldn’t do it. But this A’s team made it happen.
After playing at least one series Toronto every season since 1977, the A’s completed a four-game road sweep of the Blue Jays for the first time in franchise history with Sunday’s 9-2 blowout victory.
The A’s (25-22) took advantage of a terrible day on defense by the Blue Jays. Four errors were committed by Toronto, including costly error at third by Josh Donaldson in the sixth inning that set up a four-run outburst by the A’s offense.
That sixth wast the second consecutive four-run inning for the A’s. They also scored four in the fifth, with Marcus Semien’s two-run home run to straightaway center off Joe Biagini the highlight of the inning.

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After the A’s bullpen worked 18 2/3 innings the past three days, the club needed a deep start. Daniel Mengden provided that.
Mengden was impressive, throwing seven shutout innings of two-hit ball with just one walk and two strikeouts. He improved to 4-4 on the season, lowering his ERA to 3.30.
Mengden has allowed two runs or less in six of his last seven starts. It was his first shutout of the season.
The Blue Jays (22-25) got on the board with a ninth-inning two-run homer by Yangervis Solarte off Wilmer Font, but the A’s held on as they finished off a monster 10-game east coast road trip 7-3.
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The A’s also exorcised some demons in Canada. Entering Thursday night’s game against the Blue Jays, the A’s had lost 12 of their last 13 games at the Rogers Centre.
 
“It’s been a nice trip. Last three years in this ballpark, it’s been a house of horrors for us,” A’s manager Bob Melvin said before Sunday’s win. “To be able to win a few game to start it, overall it’s been a good trip. I know we’ll be over .500, but I know the guys are pretty hungry about trying to win today as well.
“It’s important that we play better on the road and a trip like this certainly goes a long way. Knowing that you have three really good teams out east in their ballparks, to be able to stand up to that should lend some confidence.”

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