Donaldson's hit in 9th helps Blue Jays avoid sweep by A's

Toronto Blue Jays' Junior Lake celebrates after scoring against the Oakland Athletics in the ninth inning of a baseball game Sunday, July 17, 2016, in Oakland, Calif. Lake scored on a double by Toronto's Josh Donaldson. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Josh Donaldson hit a tiebreaking two-run double with two outs in the ninth against his former team and the Toronto Blue Jays held on for a 5-3 win over the Oakland Athletics on Sunday to avoid a three-game sweep.

Troy Tulowitzki homered while Russell Martin and Justin Smoak added two hits apiece for the Blue Jays.

Donaldson, traded from Oakland to Toronto prior to the 2015 season, also singled and scored in the first inning to help the Blue Jays win after A's starter Rich Hill left the game with a blister on his finger in the first inning.

Marcus Semien homered for the A's.

Smoak and Junior Lake hit consecutive one-out singles off John Axford (3-3) in the ninth. Devon Travis struck out looking before Donaldson lined a 2-1 pitch down the left field line to drive in pinch-runner Andy Burns and Lake.

Jason Grilli (3-1) retired three batters for the win. Roberto Osuna pitched the ninth for his 19th save.