Pratt's Instant Replay: Blue Jays 10, A's 4

July 26, 2012, 7:19 pm
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Well, they can't win them all. The A's had their seven-game winning streak halted by the Blue Jays in Toronto. The Jays rallied for seven runs in their last three innings to topple the hottest team in baseball, 10-4. At the PlateJosh Reddick got the scoring started with his 22nd home run of the season. Remarkably, 13 of those homers have come with two outs, and 17 of the 22 have come with no one on base. He did have a chance to do some damage with runners on base when he stepped to the plate with the bases loaded in the fifth inning. He ended up grounding into a fielder's choice scoring Jemile Weeks. More remarkable is what Brandon Inge has done this season. He clubbed his 11th homer of the season -- a two-run shot -- in the fourth inning. The veteran third baseman has 47 hits and has driven in 46 runs -- he is batting .202. He doesn't hit much, but when he does, he prefers that it's for an RBI. Starting Pitching ReportTommy Milone entered the game having allowed one earned run or fewer in five of his last six starts. He started out looking like he could continue that run of success. The rookie lefty didn't allow a hit in the first three innings of the game. It was in the fourth inning that he got in trouble. After the A's scored two runs, he couldn't get the shutdown inning. Two runners singled and then Edwin Encarnacion hit a change-up for a game-tying three-run homer to left-center. Milone got the upper hand on Encarnacion in their next meeting. The Jays third baseman stepped to the plate with two runners on again, but struck out looking on a fastball. The next batter gave the Blue Jays the lead on a strange play. Travis Snider laid down a safety squeeze scoring Colby Rasmus. Milone fielded the ball and made a bad throw to first that Chris Carter couldn't handle, scoring a second run. Milone received the error on the play. He would have been better off letting Inge field the ball instead, as the third baseman was charging on the play. Milone would give up a leadoff homer to Kelly Johnson in the seventh inning before finishing his day. He has now allowed 17 homers on the road, compared to one at home. His final line was seven innings pitched with seven strikeouts. He allowed five earned runs on eight hits and allowed no walks. Bullpen ReportThe rookie phenom Sean Doolittle had a rare poor performance. He allowed four runs on three hits, walking one batter. He only managed to pitch two-thirds of an inning. Doolittle had been spectacular before this outing. He hadn't allowed a run in his last 13.1 innings pitched. This looks like it is merely a hiccup in an otherwise solid season. Evan Scribner entered the game in relief of Doolittle and gave up an RBI double to Jeff Mathis. The earned run was charged to Doolittle, though. He then got Omar Vizquel to fly out to left field to end the inning. Up NextJarrod Parker (7-4, 3.00 ERA) takes the mound for the A's as they enter Baltimore. Parker lasted eight innings in his last start which came against the New York Yankees. He held the top team in baseball to just one run. Zach Britton (1-0, 3.60 ERA) will oppose the A's. The 24-year-old lefty has only made two starts this season.

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