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Oakland offense provides A.J. Griffin plenty of support in win over Blue Jays

  • Oakland Athletics' Stephen Vogt swings for an RBI single off Toronto Blue Jays' Esmil Rogers in the fifth inning of a baseball game Monday, July 29, 2013, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

OAKLAND — Yoenis Cespedes knows just how dangerous Oakland's offense can be with everybody clicking. Usually, it starts with the Cuban slugger doing his part, as he puts it.

Cespedes homered and hit a two-run triple, Josh Reddick added a two-run double and had three RBIs, and the A's beat the Toronto Blue Jays 9-4 on Monday night.

Jed Lowrie singled home a run and Reddick hit a sacrifice fly in Oakland's four-run first inning. Cespedes led off the eighth with his 16th home run, snapping a career-high 25-game homerless streak for the Home Run Derby champion.

"It's not about the homer. I've started to feel better and everything is going to be fine," Cespedes said through an interpreter. "When I'm hitting well, I feel like I'm contributing my grain of sand, doing my part. This team is pretty dangerous when everybody works together."

Edwin Encarnacion hit a two-run homer, while Adam Lind and Brett Lawrie each hit solo shots against A.J. Griffin (10-7), who retired the first 13 batters of the game before Lind's one-out drive in the fifth.

Lawrie homered leading off the sixth, and Encarnacion connected for his 29th of the year four batters later.

The shaggy-haired Griffin, who went 7-1 last year as a rookie, gave up four runs and four hits, struck out five and walked two in seven innings to win for the fifth time in his last six decisions. He was through four perfect innings on 42 pitches.

The AL West-leading A's (63-43) won their fourth straight and seventh in nine to move a season-best 20 games over .500, tied for best record in the AL with Tampa Bay.

Oakland has matched its best record through 106 games since 1992.

"It means we've won a lot of games to this point. We're still in July," manager Bob Melvin said. "You keep trying to pile up the wins, add them up at the end and see where you're at."


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