Final in 14

Series: Game 2 of 2

Series tied 1-1 (as of 7/20)

Game 1: Monday, July 19
Toronto5Final
Oakland3
Game 2: Tuesday, July 20
Toronto0Final
in 14
Oakland1

Blue Jays 0

(40-53, 17-30 away)

Athletics 1

(51-41, 31-14 home)

3:35 PM ET, July 20, 2004

O.co Coliseum, Oakland, California 

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OAK 00000000001 1 8 0

W: J. Lehr (1-1)

L: J. Speier (2-6)

MIller ends no-hitter, then drives in winner

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Damian Miller broke up David Bush's no-hit bid in the eighth inning, then won the game with a bases-loaded single in the 14th inning of the Oakland Athletics' 1-0 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday.

Bush and Rich Harden allowed one hit apiece through eight innings, but the game stretched on long after a duel of promising young right-handers ended in a draw.

Jermaine Dye led off the 14th with a single off Justin Speier (2-6), Toronto's sixth pitcher. After a sacrifice bunt and two walks, Miller singled to nearly the same spot as his eighth-inning single to left.

It was Oakland's longest 1-0 game since 1986, but the extra innings weren't nearly as impressive as the first eight.

Bush was spectacular in his third major league start, allowing one hit and three walks while striking out six. But Harden matched Bush, yielding two hits and three walks while striking out eight in 8 2-3 innings -- the longest start of his career.

Both teams threatened in the 12th, but Justin Lehr escaped a bases-loaded jam with one out, and the A's left Dye stranded on third.

Lehr (1-1) also retired the side in order in the 13th and 14th, earning his first major league win as the teams split a two-game series.

Bush had the A's off balance almost from the opening pitch, repeatedly getting ahead in the count. He also got help: Shortstop Chris Gomez snared two liners to keep the no-hitter alive, and Eric Hinske threw out Marco Scutaro by a whisker on a fifth-inning grounder.

Bush struck out four straight batters into the seventh, which ended on Orlando Hudson's diving grab of Erubiel Durazo's drive to second base. But Miller, Oakland's veteran catcher in the midst of a strong season, singled cleanly to left on Bush's 102nd pitch.

The Coliseum crowd gave Miller and Bush a standing ovation, but Bush escaped the inning on a grounder and Mark Kotsay's fly to the center-field warning track.

Except for Hudson's one-out single in the third, Harden matched Bush's every pitch through eight innings. Dye ended the Blue Jays' attempt at a rally in the third with a tumbling catch on Hinske's sinking liner.

Just how even was it? After eight innings, both pitchers had faced 28 hitters and thrown 107 pitches.

Harden got into trouble in the ninth, allowing Hinske's single and walking Gregg Zaun with two outs. He left to enthusiastic applause, and Octavio Dotel got Alexis Rios on a foul popup.

Bush didn't emerge from Toronto's dugout for the ninth.

There was no indication Bush was ready to throw such a spectacular game.

The 24-year-old Pittsburgh native was recalled from Triple-A Syracuse on July 2 to take the rotation spot of struggling Pat Hentgen. Bush was just 6-6 with a 4.06 ERA for Syracuse, winning just once in his last five starts before his first major league call-up.

Bush pitched well in a no-decision in his major league debut against the Expos in Puerto Rico, then took his first major league loss against Seattle on July 8, allowing 10 hits and four runs in six innings.

Harden got ready for his outstanding work by throwing eight innings of four-hit ball last Thursday against the Chicago White Sox. That was Harden's first victory in six starts.

Game notes


The Blue Jays put AL Cy Young Award winner Roy Halladay on the 15-day disabled list, though he'll be out at least four weeks to rest his tired right shoulder. Toronto activated OF Frank Catalanotto. ... The Blue Jays also signed LHP Zachary Jackson, their first-round draft pick.

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