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Cabrera's error helps A's beat Blue Jays in 12th

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- In a game where offense was an afterthought, the scoreless stalemate ended in fitting fashion: a walk-off error.

Melky Cabrera couldn't corral Nick Punto's double with one out in the 12th inning, sending the Oakland Athletics to a 1-0 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday in front of an announced crowd of 22,322 at the Coliseum.

"I'm sure they were ready to go home and get the barbecues started," Punto said.

Derek Norris led off the rally with a walk by Chad Jenkins (0-1), who tossed two innings of relief. After Jed Lowrie lined out, Punto poked a slicing double down the line in left.

Cabrera moved to his right to cut off the ball, which squirted by his glove for an error. Norris, who runs well for a catcher, hustled from first for an odd ending to a game highlighted by stellar pitching performances by Oakland's Tommy Milone, Toronto's Marcus Stroman and both bullpens.

"That's the definition of a pitching duel," Milone said. "It's exciting. It's fun to watch. But it was about that time."

Dan Otero (7-1), the fifth Oakland reliever to toss a scoreless inning, earned the win. Cabrera never surfaced in the clubhouse during the time reporters were allowed in after the game.

"That's not the game," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said of Cabrera's misplay. "It was great pitching on both sides."

Stroman gave up seven hits in seven innings. He struck out seven and walked three.

Milone allowed four hits in six innings, striking out six and walking one intentionally. The left-hander is 6-0 in his last 11 starts and hasn't lost since May 3 at Boston.

The pitchers quickly erased the few chances both offenses had.

Jose Reyes singled on the game's first pitch, but Milone didn't allow another hit until Steve Tolleson doubled on a pop fly leading off the fifth that landed between three players battling the bright sky, which caused problems all day. Tolleson advanced to third on the second of two groundouts before Milone struck out Reyes.

Lowrie's fielding error at shortstop extended the sixth for Toronto. But Milone rebounded the way he had all afternoon, striking out Brad Glenn to strand two.

"It the same thing he's been doing all season. He changes speed and locates so well," said Blue Jays center fielder Darin Mastroianni, who singled with one out in the 12th for his only hit.

Stroman kept the A's off-balance and out of sync in similar fashion. He got some help from his defense, too, including Cabrera.

With two on and two outs in the third, Cabrera made a diving catch on Yoenis Cespedes' liner to left. Cabrera grabbed his midsection and jogged gingerly backed to the dugout afterward.

Josh Donaldson started a double play by fielding Edwin Encarnacion's grounder at third and threw from his backside to Punto, whose relay from second to first ended Toronto's eighth.

Toronto caught its own defensive break when Brandon Moss sprained his left ankle coming out of the box, and the Blue Jays easily turned a double play to end the bottom of the inning. Moss said the ankle is sore but hopes to play Saturday, though A's manager Bob Melvin said Moss will likely get a day off.

Oakland's Ryan Cook, Fernando Abad, Sean Doolittle, Eric O'Flaherty and Luke Gregerson all pitched a scoreless inning. Jenkins, Brett Cecil, Dustin McGowan and Aaron Loup combined to throw four scoreless innings before the A's broke through in the 12th.

"The pitching today was fantastic across the board," Melvin said. "They came in, did their job for the inning and passed the baton to the next guy."

Notes

Blue Jays hitting coach Kevin Seitzer was ejected by home plate umpire Vic Carapazza in the sixth inning for apparently arguing balls and strikes from the dugout. ... Melvin said an MRI revealed that 1B Kyle Blanks has a slight tear in his left calf and is not expected back anytime soon. ... Scott Kazmir (9-3, 2.61 ERA) starts for Oakland opposite Toronto's Mark Buehrle (10-5, 2.50 ERA) on Saturday.

 
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Oakland's Nick Punto gets the shaving cream treatment from Yoenis Cespedes after Punto's winning double in the 12th. (USATSI)
Oakland's Nick Punto gets the shaving cream treatment from Yoenis Cespedes after Punto's winning double in the 12th. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Oakland

T. Milone
IP 6.0
H 4
ER 0
BB 1
K 6
Toronto

M. Stroman
IP 7.0
H 3
ER 0
BB 3
K 7
 

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Toronto Blue Jays
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jose Reyes, SS6010014 .258
Melky Cabrera, LF5010002 .297
Jose Bautista, DH5010022 .301
Edwin Encarnacion, 1B3000212 .278
Dioner Navarro, C5010003 .264
Brad Glenn, RF4000023 .000
   a-Colby Rasmus, PH-CF1000001 .223
Steve Tolleson, 3B4020000 .237
   b-Adam Lind, PH1000000 .339
   Juan Francisco, 3B0000000 .238
Darin Mastroianni, CF-RF5010002 .115
Munenori Kawasaki, 2B4020011 .258
Marcus Stroman, P0000000 .000
   Aaron Loup, P0000000 .000
   Dustin McGowan, P0000000 .000
   Brett Cecil, P0000000 .000
   Chad Jenkins, P0000000 .000
Totals4309027  
a-grounded out for Glenn in the 11th
b-grounded out for Tolleson in the 12th
Batting
2B - Steve Tolleson (6, Milone)
SH - Munenori Kawasaki (3)
SB - Jose Reyes (17, 2nd base off Milone/Norris), Steve Tolleson (2, 2nd base off Doolittle/Norris)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Kawasaki-Reyes-Encarnacion
E - Melky Cabrera (2, Misplayed grounder)
Toronto Blue Jays
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Marcus Stroman 7300370 3.44
Aaron Loup 1100110 3.12
Dustin McGowan 1000120 3.97
Brett Cecil 0.1000100 3.71
Chad Jenkins (L,0-1) 2110100 4.15
IBB - Cespedes by Aaron Loup
WP - Marcus Stroman (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Marcus Stroman 115-73, Aaron Loup 15-7, Dustin McGowan 20-11, Brett Cecil 9-3, Chad Jenkins 38-26
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Marcus Stroman 7-7, Aaron Loup 1-0, Brett Cecil 1-0, Chad Jenkins 4-2
Batters Faced - Marcus Stroman 27, Aaron Loup 4, Dustin McGowan 4, Brett Cecil 2, Chad Jenkins 8
Oakland Athletics
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Coco Crisp, CF3010210 .293
John Jaso, DH2000123 .263
   a-Nate Freiman, PH-DH2010001 .273
Yoenis Cespedes, LF4000115 .266
Brandon Moss, 1B4000023 .272
   Alberto Callaspo, 1B1000000 .233
Josh Donaldson, 3B5010011 .244
Stephen Vogt, RF3010001 .338
   Craig Gentry, PR-RF2000010 .273
Derek Norris, C3100202 .303
Jed Lowrie, SS4000113 .217
Nick Punto, 2B5010012 .222
Tommy Milone, P0000000 .000
   Eric O'Flaherty, P0000000 .000
   Luke Gregerson, P0000000 .000
   Sean Doolittle, P0000000 .000
   Fernando Abad, P0000000 .000
   Ryan Cook, P0000000 .000
   Dan Otero, P0000000 .000
Totals38150710  
a-doubled for Jaso in the 8th
Batting
2B - Nate Freiman (2, Loup), Josh Donaldson (13, Stroman), Nick Punto (6, Jenkins)
SB - Coco Crisp (14, 2nd base off Stroman/Navarro)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Donaldson-Punto-Moss, Donaldson-Punto-Moss-Punto-Lowrie-Callaspo
E - Jed Lowrie (9, Misplayed grounder)
Oakland Athletics
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Tommy Milone 6400160 3.55
Eric O'Flaherty 1100000 0.00
Luke Gregerson 1100000 2.22
Sean Doolittle 1100010 2.83
Fernando Abad 1100000 2.08
Ryan Cook 1000100 3.65
Dan Otero (W,7-1) 1100000 2.03
IBB - Encarnacion by Tommy Milone
Pitches-Strikes - Tommy Milone 100-61, Eric O'Flaherty 11-8, Luke Gregerson 9-5, Sean Doolittle 15-11, Fernando Abad 15-10, Ryan Cook 11-6, Dan Otero 10-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tommy Milone 6-7, Eric O'Flaherty 1-2, Luke Gregerson 2-0, Fernando Abad 1-1, Ryan Cook 1-2, Dan Otero 3-0
Batters Faced - Tommy Milone 24, Eric O'Flaherty 4, Luke Gregerson 3, Sean Doolittle 4, Fernando Abad 3, Ryan Cook 4, Dan Otero 4
Game Information
Attendance - 22322
Game Time - 4:05
Temperature - 63
Umpires - Home - Victor Carapazza, First Base - Bill Miller, Second Base - Gabe Morales, Third Base - Chad Fairchild