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TORONTO (AP) -- The Toronto Blue Jays will be without Jose Bautista for the next two games, but even without the 2010 home run leader in their last contest, they still proved to have some power in their lineup.
The Blue Jays will try to keep their offense rolling Wednesday when they continue a three-game set against the A's.
Toronto has scored 29 runs while hitting .304 this season. It has won six of seven at home against the A's.
Bautista, who led the major leagues with 54 home runs last season, was out of the lineup Tuesday to attend the birth of his first child. He's expected to miss the next two games as well.NEWS: Bautista out for personal matter, may miss series
Despite his absence, Toronto still showed plenty of pop as Yunel Escobar hit a two-run homer in the 10th inning, leading Toronto (3-1) to a 7-6 victory over Oakland (1-3) on Tuesday. The Blue Jays scored four runs in the sixth to tie the game, then rallied again after the A's took the lead in the top of the 10th.
Escobar finished 3 for 5, Aaron Hill drove in a pair of runs and Rajai Davis, playing his first game since injuring his ankle Friday, had two hits and scored twice.
"Being able to pull this win out is a big confidence boost for us," reliever Carlos Villanueva said.
A victory Wednesday would mark the third straight year the Blue Jays have opened the season winning their first two series.REWIND: Walk-off homer leaves A's at a loss
Although Oakland didn't have to face Bautista, it gave Toronto extra opportunities to come back as fielding continues to be an issue.
The A's had two errors Tuesday and have nine through four games. Both errors came during the sixth, and Oakland also misplayed another potential out during the inning.
"We were a good defensive team last year and I fully anticipate us being a good one this year, too," manager Bob Geren said.
Dallas Braden hopes for better support from the field as he looks to build on an up-and-down year in his 2011 debut.
Braden pitched a perfect game while recording a career-high 11 wins last season, but he also had career-worst 14 losses and spent time on the disabled list.
Despite the losses, Braden had a respectable 3.50 ERA, mostly being hurt by a lack of run support. He had the 10th lowest run-support average among starters last season at 3.6 per game. In 10 of Braden's 30 starts, Oakland scored one or fewer runs while he pitched.
The left-hander pitched well in his one outing against Toronto last season, giving up two runs and three hits in seven innings of a 6-2 win Aug. 17. He is 2-2 with a 3.94 ERA in his career against the Blue Jays.RELATED: Toronto depth chart
Toronto will counter with Jesse Litsch, who is optimistic about 2011 despite the last two seasons being cut short by injuries.
Litsch underwent Tommy John surgery in 2009 and after returning in mid-June last year, was limited to nine starts before undergoing hip surgery. He finished 2010 1-5 with a 5.79 ERA.
The right-hander is facing Oakland for the first time since 2008. He is 1-1 with a 0.90 ERA in three lifetime starts against the A's.