toronto — The Oakland Athletics are too loose a team to fret about the end of a lengthy spell of success.
Edwin Encarnacion hit a three-run homer, Kelly Johnson added a solo shot and the Toronto Blue Jays ended Oakland’s seven-game winning streak with a 10-4 victory Thursday.
“There’s not much you can do at this point of the season that’s going to crush our spirits,” Brandon Inge said. “We’re a pretty fun team.”
Inge kept the mood light by storming into the clubhouse following the final out and pretending to be upset, calling the outcome “unacceptable.”
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“I was just joking, making sure everyone knows we’re still going to lose a game here and there, but we’re going to have fun,” Inge said. “That’s kind of the way you bounce back. You don’t want guys to go ‘Oh man, we’ve had such a good winning streak.’”
Fellow veteran Jonny Gomes liked Inge’s approach to dealing with the defeat.
“One of the reasons we’ve been successful is everyone’s got a short memory here,” Gomes said. “When we lose, once we leave these double doors, we clean the slate and come back ready to play tomorrow.”
Johnson went 2-for-4 with two RBI as the Blue Jays avoided a three-game sweep and rebounded from Wednesday’s 16-0 loss, their most one-sided shutout defeat.
“Just a good come from behind win today,” Toronto manager John Farrell said, “particularly with the way things finished up last night.”
Travis Snider had two hits and two RBI, driving in the tying run with a squeeze bunt, and Brett Lawrie scored three runs for the Blue Jays.
“They executed well and got some big hits down the stretch,” Oakland manager Bob Melvin said.
Inge hit a two-run homer and Josh Reddick added a solo drive for the Athletics, who are 16-3 in July and 10-2 since the All-Star break.
“Any time you take two out of three on the road you have to consider it somewhat of a success,” Melvin said.