Oakland at Toronto

W: B. Morrow (2-2) L: T. Cahill (0-1)
HR: OAK - None   TOR - A. Gonzalez (6), V. Wells (8), A. Gonzalez (7)

Blue Jays 10, Athletics 2

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TORONTO -- Vernon Wells has an unlikely rival for the title of Toronto's top slugger: shortstop Alex Gonzalez.

Gonzalez hit two home runs and Wells also connected, leading Brandon Morrow and the Blue Jays over the Oakland Athletics 10-2 Friday night.

"Right now I feel great at the plate," Gonzalez said. "I'm swinging at good pitches, getting good swings and I hope to keep doing well."

Gonzalez hit a three-run homer in the second inning and led off the sixth with a drive down the left-field line. It was the eighth multihomer game of his career.

Gonzalez hit seven home runs this month, a team record for a shortstop in April. Marco Scutaro hit five last April.

"I just look at him and shake my head," Wells said of Gonzalez. "He tells me to look out because he's right behind me. It's been fun to watch."

Wells hit his eighth home run, the 200th of his career, and a pair of singles. Toronto, which came in with an AL-leading 32 homers and 96 extra-base hits, sent the A's to their sixth straight road loss.

"It will be difficult to keep this pace up," Wells said. "We're going to have to start scoring some runs in different ways."

Blue Jays manager Cito Gaston presented Wells with his milestone home run ball after the game. The homer gave Wells 741 RBI, moving him past George Bell for second on Toronto's all-time list. Carlos Delgado leads with 1,058.

"I've been around for a long time and had a lot of opportunities," Wells said. "It's going to come if I'm able stay healthy and be successful and that's the goal right now."

Morrow (2-2) struck out nine and allowed two runs in six innings. The right-hander retired 12 of his final 13 batters.

"He was good," Gaston said. "I just see him getting a little better. [Pitching coach Bruce Walton] has dropped his arm slot a little bit and he's been a better pitcher."

John Buck, who hit three homers in Toronto's win Thursday night, had two hits, including a two-run single. He was hit by a pitch in his final plate appearance.

Kevin Kouzmanoff's RBI single gave Oakland a 1-0 lead in the first. Toronto took the lead in the second when Gonzalez homered off Trevor Cahill (0-1).

Oakland cut it to 3-2 on Cliff Pennington's RBI grounder in the fourth, but the Blue Jays pushed their lead to 5-2 in the bottom half on Buck's single.

Wells followed Adam Lind's single with a two-run shot off Cahill in the fifth, and Toronto piled on three more in the sixth.

Cahill left after Gonzalez's homer and was replaced by Chad Gaudin. Buck hit a one-out single, Travis Snider doubled and Aaron Hill hit a ground-rule double.

Cahill made his first start of the season after being called up to pitch in place of Brett Anderson, who has an ailing left elbow. Cahill, who allowed eight runs and seven hits in five-plus innings, said two of the three home runs he allowed were on sliders, a pitch he turned to after struggling to command his sinker.

"The sinker wasn't really working so [catcher Landon Powell] was trying to find a pitch that was," Cahill said. "I just couldn't really find my sinker again so I was kind of working without my best pitch."


Oakland infielder Steve Tolleson singled in the ninth for his first major league hit. C Josh Donaldson made his major league debut as a pinch-hitter in the eighth and struck out swinging. ... Toronto 3B Edwin Encarnacion (shoulder) has played as a DH at extended spring training, and could play the field as early as Monday, Gaston said. ... A fan ran onto the field at the end of the sixth and made it to second base before he was detained by security.

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Players of the Game

A. Gonzalez
AB 3
R 2
H 2
HR 2

B. Morrow
IP 6.0
H 7
ER 2
BB 2
K 9

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Oakland Athletics
Cliff Pennington, SS4111011 .250
    Steve Tolleson, SS1010000 .333
Daric Barton, 1B4010002 .299
Ryan Sweeney, RF4010012 .295
    Gabe Gross, RF1000002 .237
Kevin Kouzmanoff, 3B4021012 .256
    Jake Fox, 3B0000000 .182
Eric Chavez, DH3010122 .221
Adam Rosales, 2B4000036 .305
Landon Powell, C2100100 .111
   a- Josh Donaldson, PH-C1000011 .000
Eric Patterson, LF4010010 .250
Rajai Davis, CF3010012 .224
a-struck out for Powell in the 8th
2B - Eric Patterson (2, Morrow)
SH - Daric Barton (4)
RBI - Cliff Pennington (16), Kevin Kouzmanoff (13)
2-OUT RBI - Kevin Kouzmanoff (4)
SB - Cliff Pennington (3, 2nd base off Morrow/Buck), Rajai Davis (10, 2nd base off Morrow/Buck)
Team LOB - 10
DP - Rosales-Tolleson-Barton
E - Kevin Kouzmanoff (2, Misplayed grounder)
Oakland Athletics
Trevor Cahill (L,0-1) 5786133 10.80
Chad Gaudin 3422220 6.00
HBP - Buck (by Chad Gaudin)
WP - Trevor Cahill (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Trevor Cahill 81-50, Chad Gaudin 51-31
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Trevor Cahill 5-8, Chad Gaudin 2-4
Batters Faced - Trevor Cahill 24, Chad Gaudin 15
Toronto Blue Jays
Fred Lewis, LF-CF5000014 .200
Aaron Hill, 2B4012110 .162
Adam Lind, DH5110014 .286
Vernon Wells, CF4232000 .337
    Mike McCoy, PR-LF0000000 .242
Lyle Overbay, 1B3210121 .171
Alex Gonzalez, SS3224001 .289
   a- John McDonald, PH-SS1000001 .194
Jose Bautista, 3B4100000 .213
John Buck, C3122000 .215
Travis Snider, RF3110101 .155
a-grounded into a double play for A. Gonzalez in the 7th
2B - Aaron Hill (2, Gaudin), Travis Snider (4, Gaudin)
HR - Vernon Wells (8, Cahill), Alex Gonzalez 2 (7, Cahill, Cahill)
RBI - Aaron Hill 2 (4), Vernon Wells 2 (16), Alex Gonzalez 4 (19), John Buck 2 (13)
2-OUT RBI - Aaron Hill 2 (2), Vernon Wells 2 (6), John Buck 2 (4)
Team LOB - 5
Toronto Blue Jays
Brandon Morrow (W,2-2) 6722290 5.46
Rommie Lewis 1000000 0.00
Jason Frasor 1100020 8.38
Josh Roenicke 1100000 0.00
HBP - Davis (by Josh Roenicke)
Pitches-Strikes - Brandon Morrow 109-73, Rommie Lewis 14-9, Jason Frasor 15-10, Josh Roenicke 21-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brandon Morrow 4-5, Rommie Lewis 3-0, Jason Frasor 1-0, Josh Roenicke 3-0
Batters Faced - Brandon Morrow 27, Rommie Lewis 3, Jason Frasor 4, Josh Roenicke 5
Game Information
Attendance - 12722
Game Time - 2:41
Temperature - 66
Umpires - Home - Greg Gibson, First Base - Scott Barry, Second Base - Gerry Davis, Third Base - Brian Knight