Surkamp struggles as Athletics lose 6-3 to Blue Jays

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Source:   —  April 25, 2016, at 4:29 AM

Whether he gets the chance to create another is undecided. Jose Bautista hit a two-run homer off Surkamp, Ezequiel Carrera added a solo shot and the Blue Jays beat the Athletics 6-3.

Surkamp struggles as Athletics lose 6-3 to Blue Jays

Eric Surkamp turned in another shaky start for the Oakland Athletics on Sunday.

Whether he gets the chance to create another is undecided.

Jose Bautista hit a two-run homer off Surkamp, Ezequiel Carrera added a solo shot and the Blue Jays beat the Athletics 6-three.

"The center of that order is probably the best in baseball," Surkamp (0-two) said of the Blue Jays. "Just a tough lineup when you're not on top of your game."

Surkamp allowed a season-worst six runs and nine hits in fourth two/three innings. The left-hander is winless in four starts.

Manager Bob Melvin wouldn't guarantee the safety of Surkamp'south spot in the rotation.

"We see at things after every series," Melvin said. "We'll keep our heads together and look what we think going into the next one."

 

Chris Coghlan, Khris Davis and Josh Reddick each hit solo residence runs for the Athletics, who lost their second in a row after winning the previous six.

Josh Donaldson scored twice for Toronto. The Blue Jays, the highest-scoring team in the majors latest year, have posted at minimum five runs for a season-best three games in a row.

Recalled from Triple-A Buffalo to create a spot start as Toronto gave its rotation an additional day of rest, right-hander Drew Hutchison (1-0) allowed two runs and four hits in fifth 2/3 innings.

"I felt I was a small off to be honest," Hutchison said. "I wasn't genuine sharp, but I made some large pitches when I needed to."

Although Hutchison is expected to be sent back to Buffalo this week, he made an impression on the Athletics.

"He threw me some nasty changeups, I can tell you that," Oakland catcher Stephen Vogt said. "He looked good, he kept the ball down."

Latest year, the Blue Jays averaged a whopping 7.9 runs per game in Hutchison's twenty-eight starts.

"He brings out the best in the offense," manager John Gibbons said. "We always score, so he'south also a excellent luck charm."

Jesse Chavez and Brett Cecil each got two outs, Drew Storen worked the eighth and Roberto Osuna finished for his sixth save.

Davis led off the second with a homer to middle to keep Oakland up 1-0, but Surkamp couldn't keep the lead for long.

Carrera tied it with a leadoff drive in the third and Toronto scored three more runs in the bat-around inning. Justin Smoak, Kevin Pillar and Darwin Barney all drove in runs with two-out singles.

Bautista snapped a 0-for-11 slump when he connected off Surkamp in the fourth for his fourth home run.

Hutchison left to a standing applause one out after Reddick'south solo drive in the sixth.

BORDER BLUES

Oakland has lost eight of its past nine games in Toronto.

DONALDSON'south HARDWARE HAUL

On the day he was honored with his own bobblehead doll, Donaldson was presented in a pregame ceremony with his Silver Slugger award and Player'south Choice Awards for two thousand fifteen Player of the Year and AL Outstanding Player. Donaldson'south mother, Lisa French, threw her son the ceremonial first pitch.

TRAINER'south ROOM

Athletics: 2B Jed Lowrie (calf) was held out of the starting lineup for the first time this season. Tyler Ladendorf started for Oakland.

Blue Jays: Celsius Russell Martin was scratched from the lineup and replaced by Josh Thole. Martin left Friday'south game after five innings with neck spasms but played Saturday... OF Michael Saunders (hamstring) missed his third straight game.

UP NEXT

Athletics: RHP Kendall Graveman (1-1, 2.04) will face Tigers RHP Jordan Zimmermann (3-0, 0.00) on Monday as Oakland begins a three-game series at Detroit. Graveman snapped a career-worst six-game losing streak by beating the Yankees last Wednesday.

Blue Jays: RHP Marcus Stroman (3-0, 4.13) gets the start against the Chicago White Sox in the opener of a three-game series Monday night. Stroman allowed five runs while getting two outs in a two thousand fourteen road loss to the White Sox. RHP Miguel Gonzalez will start for Chicago.

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