|Oakland (67-50) «||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||4||5||7||1|
Callaspo hit a tiebreaking two-run double in Oakland's four-run ninth inning, leading the Athletics to a 5-1 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday.
Callaspo, who was acquired in a trade with the Los Angeles Angels on July 30, also had a tiebreaking double in the eighth inning of Sunday's 6-4 win at Toronto. The clutch hit in the series finale came against closer Casey Janssen (4-1) with one out and the bases loaded.
"It gets you closer to your team," Oakland manager Bob Melvin said of Callaspo's pair of big swings. "It's very difficult to come into a club late in the year and feel comfortable. The more you do that in those type of situations, the more comfortable you feel, the more part of it you feel, and rightly so."
Callaspo is batting .292 with four RBI in 10 games with Oakland. Teammate Josh Donaldson said he's happy to have Callaspo on his side.
"It shows that the trade paid off," Donaldson said. "He's a solid player, he's scrappy. Against us it seemed like he would get that big RBI to either put them back in the game or give them the lead. So far, he's been doing the same thing over here."
Monday's decisive hit came after Callaspo made an error in the eighth that allowed the Blue Jays to score the tying run.
"He definitely made up for it," Melvin said.
The Athletics had lost six of seven before arriving in Toronto, but took three of four from the last-place Blue Jays. Oakland began the day one game back of AL West-leading Texas.
"I feel like it definitely got us back on the right track," Athletics starter Dan Straily said.
Oakland outfielder Josh Reddick, who hit five home runs in the first two games of the series, failed to go deep for the second straight game. Reddick walked in the second, flied out in his next two at-bats and was intentionally walked in the ninth.
Donaldson singled off Janssen to begin the ninth and, one out later, pinch-hitter Brandon Moss doubled him to third. Reddick was walked to bring up Callaspo, who sent a 1-0 pitch into the right-field corner.
"I was glad to get that chance and then contribute for the team," Callaspo said. "I feel happy right now."
"I gave up that leadoff single and it just kind of snowballed on me," Janssen said.
Oakland got a big boost from Straily, who had lost four consecutive starts. The rookie allowed one run and six hits in a career-high 7 1/3 innings.
"He was dominant out there," Donaldson said. "We needed to get this series victory and he showed up today and was able to get the job done."
Frustrated by Straily through the first seven innings, the Blue Jays tied it in the eighth. Jose Reyes hit a one-out single and was running when Maicer Izturis followed with a ground-ball single that got through because shortstop Jed Lowrie had broken to cover second, allowing Reyes to reach third.
Cook replaced Straily and Reyes came home when third baseman Callaspo couldn't handle Jose Bautista's sharp grounder. Edwin Encarnacion followed with a liner right at second baseman Sogard, who doubled off Izturis to end the rally.
Happ allowed three hits in a season-high seven innings. He set down 14 straight batters between the third and seventh innings.
Pitching just days after the death of his grandfather, Happ struggled to contain his emotions as he spoke with reporters in the clubhouse.
"I definitely had a heavy heart," he said. "I tried to use it."
The left-hander was moved up a day to replace Josh Johnson, who was pushed back to Wednesday with a sore forearm. The Blue Jays intend to recall right-hander Todd Redmond from Triple-A Buffalo to start against Boston on Tuesday. Happ was placed on the three-day bereavement list to open a roster spot for Redmond.
|Players of the Game|
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|Chris Young, CF||4||1||1||1||1||2||1||.196|
|Jed Lowrie, SS||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||.286|
|Josh Donaldson, DH||4||1||1||0||0||1||1||.296|
|Yoenis Cespedes, LF||4||0||0||0||0||2||2||.225|
|Nate Freiman, 1B||3||0||1||0||0||0||0||.268|
|a-Brandon Moss, PH-1B||1||1||1||0||0||0||0||.242|
|Josh Reddick, RF||2||1||0||0||2||0||0||.214|
|Alberto Callaspo, 3B||4||1||2||2||0||1||2||.255|
|Stephen Vogt, C||4||0||1||1||0||1||3||.265|
|Eric Sogard, 2B||3||0||0||1||0||1||2||.273|
|a-doubled for Freiman in the 9th|
|2B - Brandon Moss (11, Janssen), Alberto Callaspo 2 (18, Happ)|
|HR - Chris Young (10, Happ)|
|SF - Eric Sogard (3)|
|SH - Jed Lowrie (2)|
|RBI - Chris Young (32), Alberto Callaspo 2 (40), Stephen Vogt (9), Eric Sogard (24)|
|Team LOB - 5|
|DP - Sogard-Lowrie-Freiman, Sogard-Lowrie-Freiman-Sogard|
|E - Alberto Callaspo (13, Misplayed grounder)|
|Ryan Cook (W,5-2; BS,4)||0.2||0||0||0||0||0||0||2.05|
|Pitches-Strikes - Dan Straily 94-60, Ryan Cook 8-5, Sean Doolittle 15-12|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dan Straily 5-10, Ryan Cook 1-1, Sean Doolittle 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Dan Straily 29, Ryan Cook 2, Sean Doolittle 4|
|Toronto Blue Jays|
|Jose Reyes, SS||4||1||1||0||0||1||1||.310|
|Maicer Izturis, 2B||4||0||1||0||0||1||0||.234|
|Jose Bautista, RF||3||0||0||1||1||0||0||.265|
|Edwin Encarnacion, DH||3||0||1||0||1||0||2||.275|
|Adam Lind, 1B||3||0||1||0||0||1||3||.276|
|a-Mark DeRosa, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.228|
|Brett Lawrie, 3B||3||0||2||0||0||1||0||.250|
|J.P. Arencibia, C||3||0||0||0||1||1||2||.208|
|Rajai Davis, LF||4||0||0||0||0||1||3||.271|
|Emilio Bonifacio, CF||3||0||1||0||0||0||1||.221|
|a-struck out for Lind in the 9th|
|SH - Brett Lawrie (1)|
|RBI - Jose Bautista (72)|
|CS - Brett Lawrie (3, 2nd base by Straily/Vogt)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|Toronto Blue Jays|
|Casey Janssen (L,4-1)||0.2||4||4||4||1||0||0||3.32|
|IBB - Reddick by Casey Janssen|
|Pitches-Strikes - J.A. Happ 116-78, Aaron Loup 12-8, Casey Janssen 20-11, Mickey Storey 3-3|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J.A. Happ 6-9, Aaron Loup 1-1|
|Batters Faced - J.A. Happ 26, Aaron Loup 3, Casey Janssen 7, Mickey Storey 1|
|Attendance - 36111|
|Game Time - 2:34|
|Temperature - 68|
|Umpires - Home - Marty Foster, First Base - Marvin Hudson, Second Base - Wally Bell, Third Base - Jordan Baker|