Blue Jays 5, Athletics 2

Blue Jays manager John Farrell shuffled things around before the

game and apparently served as a little bit of much-needed fuel for

his lineup.

Adam Lind hit a two-run homer after being demoted from the

cleanup spot to eighth in the order, and J.P. Arencibia and Edwin

Encarnacion each hit solo drives to lead Toronto past the Oakland

Athletics 5-2 on Wednesday.

”Adam responded well to the move in the lineup,” Farrell said.

”It was just nice to score some runs.”

Brandon Morrow (4-1) struck out a season-high 10 in six innings

and won his fourth straight start, outpitching Tyson Ross in a

matchup of former college stars from nearby California who were

2006 teammates. The Blue Jays right-hander went 23 2-3 innings

without allowing a run before Jonny Gomes hit an RBI single in the

fifth.

Arencibia homered leading off the seventh, this time coming

through with a key hit in a close game. Farrell lifted him for

pinch-hitter Omar Vizquel with the go-ahead run on third in the

ninth inning of Tuesday night’s 7-3 loss – so delivering this time

had to be a nice boost.

Encarnacion started the eighth with his 10th homer, ending an

0-for-21 funk and helping Toronto snap a three-game skid on the

heels of a four-game winning streak. Colby Rasmus had an RBI single

in the sixth that chased Ross (1-3).

Oakland didn’t generate much offense against Morrow, but

received good news after the game that cleanup hitter Yoenis

Cespedes has only a strain on the top of his left hand and not a

break.

He was scratched about an hour before Tuesday’s game after

injuring the hand in batting practice. He might try to hit Thursday

before the opener of a four-game series with the Detroit Tigers to

determine his availability.

”I am very happy to know it is not a significant injury,”

Cespedes said.

Five of Morrow’s Ks came on called third strikes and he owns a

sparkling 0.67 ERA during the four-start winning streak, allowing

two earned runs over 27 2-3 innings.

He wasn’t happy with four walks – half of his eight total coming

into this start. He had walked only one batter over his previous

three outings.

”I wasn’t as sharp as I have been. I walked too many guys and

it hurt me in the fifth. I didn’t have a good slider today and that

probably affected things. My stuff was still good,” he said.

”It’s always fun to come here. I always have family and friends

who show up. I got a few texts from my coaches at Cal and then

there are friends who show up unannounced.”

The Blue Jays bounced back after losing the opener of the quick

two-game series on Brandon Inge’s game-ending grand slam against

Francisco Cordero, who was demoted from his closer job before

Wednesday’s game. Handed the ninth-inning duties by Farrell, Casey

Janssen finished with a 1-2-3 ninth for his first save in two tries

this year.

”I tried to treat it like any other inning. My heart was going

hard but that’s a good thing,” Janssen said. ”I wanted to attack

the zone and make them earn everything. I’ve done it before. By no

means am I a veteran of the ninth, but I do have experience. You

love pitching in those situations. I’ve felt I really haven’t

contributed much this year and now I have the opportunity to make

more of an impact.”

Farrell also dropped Lind to the eighth hole in the batting

order to try to generate some offense. Lind – who came in hitless

in seven at-bats, with just two hits in his past 29 at-bats and

mired in a 5-for-37 funk overall – singled in the second and put

his team ahead with a two-run drive into the right-field

bleachers.

Ross was done after 5 2-3 innings, tagged for three runs and

five hits. He struck out three and walked three as Oakland’s

three-game winning streak ended.

”I was a little shaky in the first but found that rhythm and

settled in a little bit,” Ross said.

A’s catcher Kurt Suzuki had a scheduled day off, but the timing

was good considering he got hit in the left hand and then also the

thumb Tuesday night.

”It’s a little sore, but when aren’t you sore?” Suzuki

said.

NOTES: The A’s dropped to 5-2 in May. … Oakland’s Jemile Weeks

and Cliff Pennington pulled off a double steal in the first. …

A’s opening-day starter Brandon McCarthy, skipped in the rotation

because of a sore right shoulder, is set to throw a bullpen session

Thursday to determine if he can start Saturday vs. Detroit. ”We’ll

take it step by step,” pitching coach Curt Young said. … Toronto

returns for a four-game set here Aug. 2-5. That will give Blue Jays

INF and former Giants SS Omar Vizquel more time to catch up with

pals from San Francisco. He is retiring at the end of the season

and relishing each road trip these days. … Melvin on facing

Detroit: ”They’re loaded. They’re one of the elite teams in the

American League.”… Someone chanted ”Barry Zito!” in the eighth

inning. The $126 million Giants LHP won the 2002 AL Cy Young Award

while with the A’s.