OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Josh Towers put on another good
performance for his family.
Pitching in front of relatives who made the drive from Port
Hueneme, he worked into the eighth inning Monday night to help
Toronto to a 5-3 win over the A's.
It was his second win over Oakland at the Coliseum this season,
where the Jays are 0-3 in games he doesn't start.
"Every team seems to have a pitcher they struggle against and
ours seems to be Towers," Oakland manager Ken Macha said. "He
pitched well against us the last time they were here, too."
Towers (4-3) pitched Toronto to a 6-1 win in Oakland on June 4.
"I can't really explain why I pitch so well here," Towers
said. "This is a pitcher's park with a lot of foul territory. And
maybe it's because my family was here."
Towers' family drives from to games he works in California, even
the approximately six-hour one to Oakland. In front of them Monday
night, he gave up two runs in the third inning, then shut down the
A's as the Blue Jays snapped their season-high six-game losing
streak. He was replaced by Kerry Ligtenberg after allowing a
one-out double to Eric Chavez in the eighth.
Towers gave up seven hits and struck out five. He also hit two
batters in winning his second straight start.
Jason Frasor allowed a leadoff homer in the ninth to Erubiel
Durazo before finishing for his 10th save.
The Blue Jays scored four runs in the fourth inning off Kirk
Saarloos, who hadn't allowed an earned run in his other two starts
this season and had a streak of 14 2-3 scoreless innings until
Toronto broke loose.
Vernon Wells led off the fourth with his 10th homer. One out
later, Gregg Zaun doubled. After Alexis Rios singled, Chris Gomez
had a run-scoring hit to tie it 2-2. Orlando Hudson and Reed
Johnson each added RBI singles to make it 4-2. Saarloos was removed
after Johnson's hit.
"I felt like I was one pitch away from getting out of the
inning," Saarloos said. "I just left too many balls over the
Saarloos (1-1) allowed eight hits and four runs in 3 2-3
innings. Macha said he was "95 percent sure," Saarloos would make
his next scheduled start while waiting for Tim Hudson's pulled
stomach muscle to heal.
Blue Jays RHP Roy Halladay will be out four to six weeks
with a tired shoulder. ... Toronto OF Frank Catalonatto, on the DL
since June 18 with a strained right groin, should be activated in
the next two days. ... Oakland LHP Chris Hammond will pitch the
first inning Tuesday night for Triple-A Sacramento in a rehab
outing. Hammond has out since June 12 with a strained left
shoulder. ... The A's signed their two first round draft choices --
C Landon Powell from the South Carolina and OF Richie Robnett of