Hernandez, Tejada hit grand slams


TORONTO (AP) -- The Athletics needed 130 games to hit their first
grand slam of the season -- and 102 years to hit two in the same

Ramon Hernandez and Miguel Tejada each hit grand slams -- the
first time the Athletics have connected for two in their 103-year
history, and Oakland routed the Toronto Blue Jays 17-2 on Sunday.

"Wow, that's amazing," Hernandez said. "That's pretty cool."

Hernandez hit the second slam of his career, giving Oakland a
4-0 lead off Kelvim Escobar (9-8) in the first. Tejada's sixth
career slam made it 12-2 off Josh Towers in the sixth.

"I think we were the only team in the American League not to
have a grand slam, and we hit two in one game," Oakland manager
Ken Macha said.

Billy McMillon and Jose Guillen hit back-to-back homers off
Towers in the seventh, giving Oakland a 16-2 lead.

McMillon drove in a career-high five runs for the A's, who
reached a season high in runs and hits (19). The 17 runs are the
most Oakland has ever scored against Toronto.

"I don't know why we didn't knock someone on their butt, I
thought about it," Towers said. "Why I didn't I don't know. We
let them get extended over the plate and they just kept driving

Towers gave up seven runs -- six earned -- on six hits in just one

The Blue Jays have allowed two grand slams in a game four times
in their history. The 17 runs allowed are a season high.

"Today was probably one of the best offensive outputs that I've
had when I've pitched since I've been here," Oakland starter Tim
Hudson said. "It's nice. I wish we could spread some out."

Hudson (13-4), who was scratched Thursday because of a bruised
right hand, won his fourth straight start, allowing two unearned
runs on six hits in six innings. He struck out none and walked one.

Hudson said his hand is feeling better.

Oakland began the day two games behind Seattle for first place
in the AL West, and tied with Boston for the top spot in the AL
wild-card race. Seattle and Boston played Sunday night.

Mike Neu pitched three innings for his first major league save.

"It is kind of funny," Neu said. "It's a 15 run lead, but
that's the way the rules are and I'm not complaining."

The A's sent 11 men to the plate in the sixth and scored seven
runs off Towers on McMillon's two-run single, Guillen's RBI double
and Tejada's slam, his first since Sept 29, 2001, at Seattle.

After McMillon hit a three-run homer in the seventh, Guillen
followed with a solo shot, the sixth time the A's have hit
consecutive homers this season.

Escobar allowed a season-high nine runs on 10 hits in 5 1/3 innings.

"Other than the grand slam and a few hits, I think I made good
pitches," Escobar said.

Hudson's throwing error allowed Toronto's Mike Bordick to score
in the third. Kevin Cash later hit an RBI grounder.

Game notes
Hudson was hit by a line drive in Oakland's 6-4 win over
Toronto last Saturday. Rich Harden started in his place on
Thursday. ... Hudson has won seven of his last nine starts. ...
Infielder Dave Berg started in right field for Toronto. ... Tejada
went 4-for-6. He has 20 home runs. ... Hernandez has 18 home runs.