A's look a gift horse in the mouth

Melvin: Colon didn't have his best stuff

A's look a gift horse in the mouth
July 31, 2013, 6:00 pm
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With Wednesday's 5-2 loss the A's dropped their first series at home since losing two of three to Seattle June 14-16. (USA TODAY IMAGES)

OAKLAND -- The Toronto Blue Jays committed four, mostly comical, errors on the day.

"There were points in the game where they were almost trying to give us the game," said A's third baseman Josh Donaldson. "And we couldn't take advantage."

Blue Jays 5, A's 2...in ten innings.

So how did the A's drop the rubber game of the three-game series to the talented but last-place team from the American League East with so much help? You could say they looked a gift horse in the mouth. Over and over again.

Oakland left 10 runners on base and was a ghastly 0-for-12 with runners in scoring position.

"We need to have better at-bats in those situations," said A's manager Bob Melvin. "We work on it."

Said catcher Stephen Vogt: "It's as simple as they made pitches when they needed to."

Also, two passed balls on Vogt proved costly, contributing to a pair of runs for Toronto.

"I just didn't do my job," he said.

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Melvin could not remember the last time the A's lost a series at the Coliseum.

"It felt like it's been a while," he said.

Try June 14-16, when they lost two of three to Seattle in Oakland.

"But you have to move past it," he said. "The off day (Thursday) is nice. Our bullpen is fairly taxed and we have a big series against Texas coming up…we have to play better. It will be a weekend series so it should be attended well and should have some excitement.

"When you start August...you feel like every series has a little bit more importance to them and when you're playing Texas, it is."

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The A's went 15-10 in July for their eighth consecutive winning month and the fourth longest such streak in Oakland history, the longest since a 10-month stretch from June, 2002 through September, 2003…Oakland is now 4-3 on its current 10-games-in-11-days homestead…Alberto Callaspo, acquired in a Tuesday night trade with the Los Angeles Angels, made his A's debut with a seventh-inning pinch-hit appearance. He went 0-for-2 with a flyout to right field and a strikeout and also played three innings at second base, his first appearance there since 2010…Eric Sogard extended his career-best hitting streak to nine games. He is batting .371 (13-35) with four doubles, a home run, six RBI and nine runs scored in the stretch,