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Toronto (66-65) «0020000000046120
Oakland (65-68)100000010000291

Blue Jays 6, Athletics 2 (12 innings)

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Though the playoffs are an improbable prospect for both the Blue Jays and the Athletics, neither club is ready to surrender its faint hopes just yet -- even if it means battling nearly four hours on a chilly Monday night.

Troy Glaus' run-scoring double off the wall highlighted Toronto's four-run rally in the 12th inning, and the Blue Jays sent the Oakland Athletics to their fourth straight loss, 6-2.

Oakland tied it in the eighth on Dan Johnson's RBI single, and the A's squandered plenty of infuriating opportunities to win it, stranding 14 runners. The Blue Jays' relievers escaped several jams while Oakland's bullpen retired 11 straight batters -- before Vernon Wells and Frank Thomas singled to lead off the 12th against Alan Embree (1-2).

Glaus then crushed a line drive off the top of the extended wall in left-center, and Aaron Hill followed with an RBI single off Ruddy Lugo. Gregg Zaun and Reed Johnson drove in additional runs for the Blue Jays, who were swept in a three-game series with Oakland last week that nearly erased their hopes of contending for the AL wild card in September.

"I don't know how the other guys feel, but I would certainly like to pay them back with a three-game sweep," said Lyle Overbay, who had an early RBI double.

Blue Jays closer Jeremy Accardo (3-3) walked two but escaped an 11th-inning jam, and Brian Wolfe pitched a perfect 12th to end the 230-minute game.

"You'd rather see it earlier, but we'll take it any time," Toronto manager John Gibbons said. "You've just got to keep battling."

Oakland's often-shaky bullpen was solid for four innings after Esteban Loaiza left with two runners on in the eighth. Embree finally fell apart in the A's return to the Coliseum after three disheartening losses at Tampa Bay.

"We were in a position to win the game with just one hit many times," A's manager Bob Geren said. "It just didn't happen. I felt like we were going to get it done."

Toronto starter A.J. Burnett left with a 2-1 lead after seven innings, but Johnson's single off reliever Casey Janssen scored pinch-runner J.J. Furmaniak in the eighth.

The A's nearly won it in the ninth, but Alex Rios sprinted to catch pinch-hitter Mike Piazza's two-out drive to deep right field with two runners in scoring position. Piazza stranded two more runners in the 11th on a fly to left field.

Oakland's rally spoiled a fourth straight outstanding start by Burnett, who allowed one run, four hits and five walks over seven innings. Burnett, who has a 1.63 ERA in four starts since returning from a stint on the disabled list with a strained shoulder, narrowly outpitched Loaiza in the right-handers' second meeting in five days.

"He wants to pitch deeper into ballgames, to be that horse we want him to be -- that second guy in the rotation behind Doc (Roy Halladay)," Overbay said.

Loaiza, who missed the first 4½ months of the season because of three different injuries, yielded seven hits and two runs in just his second start of the season. The A's swept a three-game series from the Blue Jays in Toronto last week, with Loaiza allowing three hits in 7 2-3 innings to beat Burnett last Wednesday in his season debut.

"There's just little things we need to accomplish to win games," said Loaiza, who might be a trade target this week for contending clubs. "I know we're a lot of games out, but we would like to finish strong. We've just got to keep battling."

Swisher hit his 17th homer of the season in the first inning, but Toronto replied with two runs in the third when Overbay doubled and scored on Rios' single.

The A's repeatedly got runners on base against Burnett, but Marco Scutaro flied out with the bases loaded to end the fourth inning, then grounded out with two runners on to end the sixth.

Scutaro and Jack Hannahan also failed to drive home two runners in scoring position to end the eighth.

Notes

Accardo walked two batters, but hasn't allowed a run in 11 straight appearances. ... A's closer Huston Street was overpowering, striking out four during two perfect innings. ... Loaiza went 25-28 in 2½ seasons with Toronto from 2000-02. ... Swisher still leads the AL with 90 walks despite not drawing a free pass in nine straight games. ... Oakland 3B Eric Chavez and RHP Rich Harden are rehabilitating in Arizona. Geren said Harden would be in Oakland on Tuesday after throwing off a mound in Arizona on Monday, while Chavez is back at work on a rehab program for his stiff back.

 
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Players of the Game
Toronto

T. Glaus
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
Oakland

N. Swisher
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 1
 
Toronto Blue Jays
Matt Stairs, LF2000200 .291
    Reed Johnson, PR-LF2011000 .258
Lyle Overbay, 1B6111003 .254
Alex Rios, RF5021001 .306
Vernon Wells, CF5110002 .258
Frank Thomas, DH5010010 .265
    Russ Adams, PR-DH0100000 .100
Troy Glaus, 3B5121010 .254
Aaron Hill, 2B5021011 .270
Gregg Zaun, C5101011 .223
Ray Olmedo, SS5120011 .278
Totals45612625  
Batting
2B - Lyle Overbay (28, Loaiza), Troy Glaus (18, Embree)
RBI - Reed Johnson (12), Lyle Overbay (38), Alex Rios (68), Troy Glaus (55), Aaron Hill (66), Gregg Zaun (35)
2-OUT RBI - Reed Johnson (7), Lyle Overbay (11), Alex Rios (17)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Hill-Olmedo-Overbay, Hill-Olmedo-Overbay
Toronto Blue Jays
A.J. Burnett 7411531 3.70
Casey Janssen (BS,4) 0.2211100 2.40
Scott Downs 1200000 2.15
Jason Frasor 1.1100010 4.02
Jeremy Accardo (W,3-3) 1000200 2.15
Brian Wolfe 1000000 1.80
HBP - Swisher (by A.J. Burnett)
WP - Scott Downs (2)
Pitches-Strikes - A.J. Burnett 110-60, Casey Janssen 16-9, Scott Downs 16-9, Jason Frasor 15-11, Jeremy Accardo 29-14, Brian Wolfe 14-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A.J. Burnett 11-5, Casey Janssen 1-1, Scott Downs 2-1, Jason Frasor 1-2, Brian Wolfe 2-1
Batters Faced - A.J. Burnett 29, Casey Janssen 5, Scott Downs 5, Jason Frasor 5, Jeremy Accardo 5, Brian Wolfe 3
Oakland Athletics
Shannon Stewart, LF5020101 .289
Jeff DaVanon, CF5010122 .212
Nick Swisher, RF5131003 .269
Jack Cust, DH2000201 .268
    J.J. Furmaniak, PR-DH0100000 .200
   a- Mike Piazza, PH-DH2000004 .274
Mark Ellis, 2B5000104 .261
Dan Johnson, 1B4021200 .236
Marco Scutaro, SS6000008 .252
Jack Hannahan, 3B5010023 .261
Kurt Suzuki, C4000101 .250
Totals4329284  
a-flied out for Furmaniak in the 9th
Batting
2B - Shannon Stewart (17, Burnett), Nick Swisher (28, Janssen)
HR - Nick Swisher (17, Burnett)
RBI - Nick Swisher (63), Dan Johnson (49)
2-OUT RBI - Nick Swisher (28)
SB - Mark Ellis (8, 2nd base off Burnett/Zaun)
Team LOB - 14
Fielding
DP - Scutaro-Ellis-Johnson, Hannahan-Johnson, Scutaro-Ellis-Johnson, Scutaro-Ellis-Johnson
E - Marco Scutaro (13, Misplayed grounder)
Oakland Athletics
Esteban Loaiza 7722210 1.84
Andrew Brown 1000000 3.33
Huston Street 2000040 2.78
Alan Embree (L,1-2) 1333000 3.77
Ruddy Lugo 1211000 6.98
WP - Ruddy Lugo (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Esteban Loaiza 100-65, Andrew Brown 9-5, Huston Street 22-16, Alan Embree 26-17, Ruddy Lugo 16-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Esteban Loaiza 5-13, Andrew Brown 1-1, Huston Street 1-1, Alan Embree 3-0, Ruddy Lugo 3-0
Batters Faced - Esteban Loaiza 28, Andrew Brown 2, Huston Street 6, Alan Embree 6, Ruddy Lugo 5
Game Information
Attendance - 18092
Game Time - 3:50
Temperature - 67
Umpires - Home - Jerry Layne, First Base - Bill Miller, Second Base - Marvin Hudson, Third Base - Ed Montague