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Buck drives in two runs in 12th to lead A's past Jays

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TORONTO -- Travis Buck has found his stroke, and the Oakland Athletics are on a roll.

Buck doubled home two runs in the 12th inning and the Athletics completed a three-game sweep of the Toronto Blue Jays with a 3-2 win Thursday night.

Buck went 3-for-6 with three RBI, matching an Oakland record with three doubles.

"We're very confident right now," Buck said. "The Blue Jays aren't going to get swept too many times this year, let alone here."

After starting the season in an 0-for-22 slump, Buck doubled in the second inning Tuesday and ended up going 7-for-16 with four RBI and six doubles in the series, boosting his average to .189. The six doubles in a three-game series are an Oakland record.

"I just got that first hit out of the way two games ago and started going back to being myself," Buck said. "No matter how good you are, when you're in a slump like that you start to think about it a little bit. You've just got to keep on doing what you did you get to this level, don't change a thing."

The Athletics have won four of six overall, and seven straight in Toronto in a streak that began during the 2007 season.

"The way these three games went and the way we battled all the way to the end and came out on top, everybody did their job this series," Buck said. "We're very proud and we've got to continue it."

Chris Denorfia led off the A's 12th with a single, Bobby Crosby grounded out and Jack Hannahan was intentionally walked before Brandon League (0-1) loaded the bases by hitting Kurt Suzuki. Denorfia was forced out at home on Emil Brown's infield grounder before Buck doubled to left-center.

"He (League) wasn't throwing the split-finger for strikes," Buck said. "We were just going up there looking for the fastball."

The winner was right-hander Joey Devine (1-0), who worked two innings after being recalled from Triple-A Sacramento earlier in the day when Rich Harden landed on the 15-day disabled list.

Devine almost missed the start of the game after his connecting flight to Toronto was delayed by a snowstorm in Denver. He finally arrived at Rogers Centre about 20 minutes before the first pitch.

"I got here in one piece and was able to be a part of an unbelievable baseball game," Devine said. "It's just one of those things where you've got to get what you did previously in the day out of your head and mentally block it off."

Devine's effort made an impact on his new teammates.

"He did an outstanding job," Buck said. "I don't think too many guys could have done that."

Hannahan made the defensive play of the game with one out and runners at second and third in the ninth. With the infield in, third baseman Hannahan dived to his left to snare a hard grounder off the bat of Marco Scutaro, looked the runners back and got the out at first.

"The play Jack Hannahan made really saved the game," Oakland manager Bob Geren said. "It looked like a hit and he just took it away."

Shortstop Bobby Crosby called Hannahan's play "incredible."

"It was real impressive," Crosby said. "If he doesn't make that play, we lose."

Keith Foulke gave up an RBI single to Vernon Wells in the bottom of the 12th but got Aaron Hill to ground into a game-ending 6-4-3 double play, picking up his first save of the season.

The Blue Jays, who swept a three-game series from Boston last weekend, head to Texas for three this weekend.

"We're going to see what we're made of," Wells said. "We haven't played well there for as long as I've been here. If we don't start playing better baseball, the same thing is going to happen to us there."

Oakland opened the scoring in the fifth when Ryan Sweeney singled with two outs and came around on Buck's double to right-center. Toronto tied it in the eighth against reliever Alan Embree. Scutaro led off with a triple and scored one out later on Shannon Stewart's sacrifice fly.

Athletics left-hander Dana Eveland scattered three hits over 6 1/3 shutout innings, lowering his ERA to 0.68. He walked three and struck out six. Blue Jays right-hander Shaun Marcum allowed one run on six hits in seven innings, walking one and striking out eight.

Notes

  • Harden (strained back muscle) was placed on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to April 3, and will miss his scheduled start at Cleveland on Saturday. Left-hander Lenny DiNardo is expected to start in his place.
  • Toronto DH Frank Thomas went 0-for-4 with four strikeouts and two walks.
  • Toronto Raptors rookie Jamario Moon threw out the first pitch.
  • The Athletics' team record for doubles in a game is four by Frankie Hayes of the Philadelphia A's in 1936.
 
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Players of the Game
Oakland

T. Buck
AB 6
R 0
H 3
HR 0
RBI 3
Toronto

S. Marcum
IP 7.0
H 6
ER 1
BB 1
K 8
 

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Oakland Athletics
Travis Buck, RF6033020 .189
Mark Ellis, 2B5010112 .244
Daric Barton, 1B5010145 .216
Mike Sweeney, DH5010002 .222
Jack Cust, LF4000020 .100
    Chris Denorfia, LF-CF1010000 .250
Bobby Crosby, SS4000122 .275
Jack Hannahan, 3B4100113 .182
Kurt Suzuki, C4100011 .324
Ryan Sweeney, CF3110000 .364
   a- Emil Brown, PH-LF2000013 .233
Totals43383414  
a-struck out for Sweeney in the 10th
Batting
2B - Travis Buck 3 (6, Marcum, Marcum, League)
RBI - Travis Buck 3 (5)
2-OUT RBI - Travis Buck 3 (3)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Travis Buck 1
DP - Crosby-Ellis-Barton, Barton-Crosby-Casilla, Crosby-Ellis-Barton
E - Kurt Suzuki (1, Interference)
Oakland Athletics
Dana Eveland 6.1300360 0.68
Santiago Casilla (H,3) 0.2000000 0.00
Alan Embree (BS,2) 1111100 5.87
Andrew Brown 1100110 0.00
Joey Devine (W,1-0) 2400010 0.00
Keith Foulke (S,1) 1211100 2.57
Pitches-Strikes - Dana Eveland 95-53, Alan Embree 24-11, Andrew Brown 20-12, Joey Devine 36-29, Keith Foulke 19-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dana Eveland 7-5, Santiago Casilla 1-0, Alan Embree 1-2, Joey Devine 3-2, Keith Foulke 2-0
Batters Faced - Dana Eveland 25, Santiago Casilla 1, Alan Embree 5, Andrew Brown 5, Joey Devine 10, Keith Foulke 5
Toronto Blue Jays
David Eckstein, SS6010004 .222
Shannon Stewart, LF5011002 .238
Alex Rios, RF5120112 .333
Vernon Wells, CF6021014 .306
Frank Thomas, DH4000243 .182
    Buck Coats, PR-DH0000000 .000
Aaron Hill, 2B5000103 .353
Lyle Overbay, 1B3010022 .273
    John McDonald, PR-3B1010000 .250
Rod Barajas, C2010001 .300
   a- Matt Stairs, PH1000001 .176
    Gregg Zaun, C1010100 .238
Marco Scutaro, 3B-1B4110104 .148
Totals43211268  
a-grounded into a double play for Barajas in the 7th
Batting
2B - Alex Rios (4, Foulke), Vernon Wells (2, Eveland)
3B - Marco Scutaro (1, Embree)
SF - Shannon Stewart (1)
RBI - Shannon Stewart (2), Vernon Wells (10)
SB - John McDonald (1, 2nd base off Devine/Suzuki)
Team LOB - 13
Fielding
DP - Eckstein-Hill-Scutaro
Toronto Blue Jays
Shaun Marcum 7611180 2.57
Jason Frasor 1000010 0.00
Brian Tallet 2000040 1.29
Brandon League (L,0-1) 1.2222300 6.75
Jesse Carlson 0.1000010 0.00
IBB - Hannahan by Brandon League
HBP - Suzuki (by Brandon League)
Pitches-Strikes - Shaun Marcum 105-64, Jason Frasor 12-9, Brian Tallet 23-17, Brandon League 32-13, Jesse Carlson 3-3
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Shaun Marcum 6-7, Brian Tallet 2-0, Brandon League 3-1
Batters Faced - Shaun Marcum 28, Jason Frasor 3, Brian Tallet 6, Brandon League 10, Jesse Carlson 1
Game Information
Attendance - 16521
Game Time - 3:54
Temperature - 68
Umpires - Home - Tom Hallion, First Base - Brian O'Nora, Second Base - Paul Nauert, Third Base - Jerry Crawford