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Oakland has lost four of five to star the season and will try to avoid being swept by Toronto Thursday afternoon. The Athletics visit Minnesota and Chicago before returning home.
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"We have a tough trip obviously but I like the way we've been playing," manager Bob Geren said. "We've been playing a lot better overall, swinging the bats a little better. The starting pitching has been fantastic."
Still, some victories would be nice.
"Hopefully we'll put all three facets of the game together [Thursday]," outfielder Josh Willingham said. "We need to get a win this series, for sure."
Braden (0-1), who allowed 10 hits and five runs in seven-plus innings, understands there's plenty of time to right the ship.
"There's always room for improvement," Braden said. "But I don't feel like we're so down and out or at the bottom of the barrel or anything like that. I don't have that sense at all about this team. For game five to feel like we're behind the 8-ball or feel like we're not doing our best, I think it's a little early."
Starting for the first time since Aug. 1, 2010, Litsch allowed three runs and six hits, walked two and struck out a career-high seven. Litsch missed the end of last season after undergoing hip surgery.
Oakland, which came in with a major league high nine errors through four games, didn't make another miscue but did misplay two balls. Escobar was involved both times, picking up a single after third baseman Andy LaRoche couldn't handle his grounder in the first, and a triple on a ball that eluded right fielder David DeJesus in the fifth.
Escobar was shaken up after sliding face first into LaRoche's leg on his triple, laying on the ground and being tended to by the trainer before getting up. Escobar ran the bases and played defense in the sixth but was replaced by John McDonald in the seventh after complaining of dizziness.
"We're hopeful and at least cautiously optimistic at this point that we're not entertaining something like [a concussion]," Blue Jays manager John Farrell said.
Adam Lind's RBI double in the first gave Toronto an early lead, but Oakland's Hideki Matsui answered with a two-run double in the fourth.
"I left one pitch north of the border and it ended up further north of the border," Braden said. "That's how that goes."
Toronto chased Braden in the eighth when McDonald led off with an infield single and Lind followed with a ground-rule double. Brad Ziegler came on and gave up an RBI single to Aaron Hill but escaped further damage by striking out Rivera and getting Encarnacion to ground into a double play.
Braden walked one and struck out three.
|Players of the Game|
|Coco Crisp, CF||4||1||1||0||0||0||2||.333|
|Daric Barton, 1B||3||1||1||1||1||0||0||.222|
|David DeJesus, RF||4||1||1||0||0||1||1||.200|
|Josh Willingham, LF||4||0||0||0||0||2||2||.263|
|Hideki Matsui, DH||4||0||1||2||0||3||0||.200|
|Kurt Suzuki, C||3||0||0||0||1||1||1||.188|
|Mark Ellis, 2B||4||0||0||0||0||1||2||.211|
|Andy LaRoche, 3B-SS||3||0||1||0||0||1||0||.500|
|Cliff Pennington, SS||2||0||1||0||0||1||0||.182|
|a- Kevin Kouzmanoff, PH-3B||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.250|
|a-hit into fielder's choice for Pennington in the 7th|
|2B - David DeJesus (1, Litsch), Hideki Matsui (2, Litsch)|
|3B - Coco Crisp (2, Litsch)|
|RBI - Daric Barton (1), Hideki Matsui 2 (3)|
|2-OUT RBI - Daric Barton (1)|
|CS - Cliff Pennington (1, 2nd base by Litsch/Arencibia)|
|Team LOB - 4|
|Outfield Assists - Josh Willingham 1|
|DP - LaRoche-Ellis-Barton|
|Dallas Braden (L,0-1)||7||10||5||5||1||3||1||6.43|
|Pitches-Strikes - Dallas Braden 89-65, Brad Ziegler 9-6|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dallas Braden 6-10, Brad Ziegler 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Dallas Braden 30, Brad Ziegler 3|
|Toronto Blue Jays|
|Rajai Davis, CF||4||0||1||0||0||1||0||.286|
|Yunel Escobar, SS||3||1||3||0||0||0||0||.474|
|John McDonald, SS||1||1||1||0||0||0||0||1.000|
|Adam Lind, 1B||4||0||2||1||0||0||2||.381|
|Aaron Hill, 2B||4||0||1||1||0||0||2||.211|
|Juan Rivera, RF||3||1||0||0||1||1||3||.071|
|Edwin Encarnacion, 3B||4||1||1||0||0||0||1||.200|
|Travis Snider, LF||3||1||1||3||0||1||0||.267|
|J.P. Arencibia, C||3||0||1||0||0||0||0||.400|
|Mike McCoy, DH||3||0||0||0||0||1||0||.400|
|2B - Adam Lind 2 (2, Braden, Braden)|
|3B - Yunel Escobar (2, Braden)|
|HR - Travis Snider (1, Braden)|
|RBI - Adam Lind (5), Aaron Hill (5), Travis Snider 3 (6)|
|CS - Rajai Davis (1, 2nd base by Braden/Suzuki)|
|Team LOB - 4|
|Toronto Blue Jays|
|Jesse Litsch (W,1-0)||6.1||6||3||3||2||7||0||4.26|
|Marc Rzepczynski (H,1)||2||0||0||0||0||3||0||0.00|
|Jon Rauch (S,1)||0.2||0||0||0||0||0||0||3.38|
|WP - Marc Rzepczynski (1)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jesse Litsch 99-61, Marc Rzepczynski 27-18, Jon Rauch 7-6|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jesse Litsch 6-5, Marc Rzepczynski 2-1|
|Batters Faced - Jesse Litsch 26, Marc Rzepczynski 6, Jon Rauch 2|
|Attendance - 11684|
|Game Time - 2:18|
|Temperature - 68|
|Umpires - Home - Lance Barksdale, First Base - Field Culbreth, Second Base - Adrian Johnson, Third Base - Gary Cederstrom|