Oakland at Toronto

W: D. Haren (14-4) L: B. Tallet (2-3)
S: H. Street (12)
HR: OAK - None   TOR - F. Thomas (20), V. Wells (15), F. Thomas (21)

Despite giving up three home runs, Haren collects 14th win

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports

TORONTO -- Maybe Dan Haren should change his opinion about pitching in Toronto.

Haren matched his career high in wins, Dan Johnson had two hits and two RBI and the Oakland Athletics overcame three home runs to beat the Toronto Blue Jays 6-4 on Tuesday night.

Haren (14-4) allowed all three homers but still won for the first time in August, snapping a three-start winless streak. The right-hander, who came in with the best ERA in the American League at 2.54, gave up four runs and six hits over six innings. He walked none and matched a season high by striking out nine.

"I had really good stuff tonight, better than I've had most of the year," Haren said.

Despite being 3-0 in four career starts at Rogers Centre, Haren said the stadium holds as many bad memories as good. A year ago Tuesday, Haren allowed eight runs in the first two innings but still earned the victory as Oakland rallied to win 12-10.

"This is not a fun place to pitch," Haren said. "The gaps are big and they've always got a good team."

On Tuesday, Haren let Toronto tie the game at 4 with back-to-back homers in the sixth but was bailed out again.

"I let them back in it and luckily the offense picked me up and the bullpen was outstanding," Haren said. "It was a nice win because I was really frustrated after that sixth inning."

Andrew Brown worked the seventh, Alan Embree pitched the eighth and Huston Street closed it out in the ninth for his 12th save in 14 opportunities.

Haren won 14 games in 2005 and 2006.

"There's no question Haren is one of the best in the game," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. "He was rolling, he was on but we got a couple of big ones there."

Frank Thomas homered twice for Toronto, giving him 508 career homers and Vernon Wells added a two-run shot, but the Blue Jays lost for the fourth time in six games.

With the game tied at 4, Oakland took the lead for good by scoring twice in the seventh against reliever Brian Tallet (2-3). Nick Swisher singled and scored when Alex Rios bobbled Jack Cust's single to right. One out later, Johnson scored Cust with a single through the right side of Toronto's drawn-in infield.

"We had some big hits, some timely hits and it was just enough to win," Cust said.

The Athletics scored one run in each of the first three innings against Toronto starter Dustin McGowan. Jeff DaVanon scored on a wild pitch in the first and drove in Mark Ellis with an RBI grounder in the second before Johnson doubled home Cust in the third.

McGowan settled down after Johnson's hit and retired the final nine batters he faced. The right-hander allowed three runs and five hits over five innings. He walked four and matched a season-high with seven strike outs.

"When you're not throwing strikes, especially with a team like us that takes a lot of pitches, it can be difficult," Cust said. "He got ahead of some guys and couldn't finish them off."

Brian Wolfe relieved McGowan and gave up a run in the sixth when Kurt Suzuki doubled home Jack Hannahan, who had walked. The run ended a streak of 18 2-3 scoreless innings from Toronto's bullpen.

Thomas hit a solo homer in the second, then went back-to-back with Wells in the sixth as the Jays tied the game at 4. Rios hit a two-out single and scored when Wells homered to left before Thomas drilled Haren's next pitch over the wall in center.

Wells' homer was his first since July 24, a span of 97 at bats. It was Toronto's first multihomer game since July 24, when they hit four off Minnesota's Johan Santana.

For Thomas, it was his third multihomer game of the season and 32nd for his career.


  • The Athletics will activate RHP Esteban Loaiza off the 60-day disabled list Wednesday to start the series finale. Loaiza has missed the entire season to date because of neck and knee injuries.
  • Blue Jays shortstop John McDonald raced into foul territory behind third base and made a sliding catch on his knees to retire Mike Piazza in the first.
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Huston Street gets the job done to close out the game for his 12th save in 14 chances. (AP)
Huston Street gets the job done to close out the game for his 12th save in 14 chances. (AP)

Players of the Game

F. Thomas
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 2

D. Haren
IP 6.0
H 6
ER 4
BB 0
K 9

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Oakland Athletics
Jeff DaVanon, CF4111111 .209
Marco Scutaro, SS4010112 .261
Nick Swisher, RF5110035 .260
Jack Cust, LF3210210 .272
    Dee Brown, LF0000000 .000
Mike Piazza, DH5010013 .266
Dan Johnson, 1B5022002 .230
Mark Ellis, 2B4110013 .259
Jack Hannahan, 3B3110113 .240
Kurt Suzuki, C4021014 .250
2B - Dan Johnson (19, McGowan), Mark Ellis (24, McGowan), Kurt Suzuki (8, Wolfe)
RBI - Jeff DaVanon (4), Dan Johnson 2 (46), Kurt Suzuki (18)
Team LOB - 9
Oakland Athletics
Dan Haren (W,14-4) 6644093 2.66
Andrew Brown (H,2) 1100110 2.88
Alan Embree (H,11) 1100010 3.51
Huston Street (S,12) 1100020 2.48
Pitches-Strikes - Dan Haren 107-72, Andrew Brown 20-11, Alan Embree 10-10, Huston Street 17-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dan Haren 6-3, Andrew Brown 1-1, Alan Embree 1-1
Batters Faced - Dan Haren 24, Andrew Brown 5, Alan Embree 4, Huston Street 4
Toronto Blue Jays
Reed Johnson, LF5000033 .262
Lyle Overbay, 1B4010002 .257
    Ray Olmedo, SS0000000 .333
Alex Rios, RF4120011 .313
Vernon Wells, CF4112001 .263
Frank Thomas, DH4222021 .260
Troy Glaus, 3B4000031 .254
Aaron Hill, 2B4020020 .265
Gregg Zaun, C3000121 .240
John McDonald, SS2000001 .258
   a- Matt Stairs, PH-1B2010000 .290
a-grounded out for McDonald in the 7th
2B - Lyle Overbay (25, Haren), Aaron Hill (35, Haren)
HR - Vernon Wells (15, Haren), Frank Thomas 2 (21, Haren, Haren)
RBI - Vernon Wells 2 (73), Frank Thomas 2 (76)
2-OUT RBI - Vernon Wells 2 (20), Frank Thomas (34)
Team LOB - 6
DP - Olmedo-Hill-Stairs
E - Alex Rios (7, Misplayed grounder)
Toronto Blue Jays
Dustin McGowan 5533470 4.19
Brian Wolfe 1111100 2.03
Brian Tallet (L,2-3)0221000 3.75
Casey Janssen 2300020 2.24
Jeremy Accardo 1000010 2.24
WP - Dustin McGowan (9)
Pitches-Strikes - Dustin McGowan 95-55, Brian Wolfe 25-14, Brian Tallet 9-5, Casey Janssen 31-21, Jeremy Accardo 10-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dustin McGowan 5-3, Brian Wolfe 2-1, Casey Janssen 3-0, Jeremy Accardo 1-1
Batters Faced - Dustin McGowan 24, Brian Wolfe 5, Brian Tallet 2, Casey Janssen 8, Jeremy Accardo 3
Game Information
Attendance - 32639
Game Time - 3:11
Temperature - 68
Umpires - Home - Phil Cuzzi, First Base - Tom Hallion, Second Base - Mike Estabrook, Third Base - James Hoye