Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
Oakland0 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 5 8100
Toronto0 1 1 2 0 0 3 3 x 10150
  W: J. Berríos (10-7)   L: P. Blackburn (0-2)
12:07 PM PT1:07 PM MT2:07 PM CT3:07 PM ET15:07 ET19:07 GMT3:07 12:07 PM MST2:07 PM EST2:37 PM VEN23:07 UAE1:07 PM CT, September 4, 2021
Rogers Centre, Toronto, Ontario  Attendance: 14,947

Athletics, Blue Jays brace for drama after walk-off HR

According to STATS
According to STATS

Oakland Athletics at Toronto Blue Jays

  1. The A's hosted the Blue Jays in May with Oakland taking the first two games and Toronto taking the last two games of a four-game set. The Jays exploded for 19 runs in the last two games which is more than the A's scored in the entire series (17).
  2. The A's won two of three games in Detroit, hitting six home runs over the three games. Oakland has averaged 1.86 home runs per road game since August 1, the third-highest mark in MLB.
  3. The Blue Jays took two of three from the O's at home. Since August 21, the Blue Jays' bullpen has posted an ERA of 2.01, second best in MLB behind the Mets (1.60).
  4. Khris Davis subbed into the game at DH and recorded two hits and an RBI on September 2, his first game back with the A's -- Davis played with Oakland from 2016-20 -- after spending the first part of the year in Texas. Davis hit .157 with five RBI in 22 games with Texas.
  5. Marcus Semien tied a career high with his 33rd home run of the season. Semien previously hit 33 as the starting shortstop in Oakland in 2019. As the second baseman with Toronto this season, Semien is the first player in MLB history to have a 30-home run season while playing both middle infield positions (based on primary position in season).
  6. Alek Manoah had a quality start in each of his last two outings but did not receive a decision either time even though Toronto won both games. Of the players whose careers started in 2021, only Vladimir Gutierrez of the Reds has had as many or more quality starts (11).
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 9/3/2021 thru 9/5/2021

The Toronto Blue Jays and visiting Oakland Athletics provided enough momentum shifts Friday night for three games and tightened the American League wild-card chase in the process.

After the Blue Jays (71-62) earned a dramatic 11-10 victory on a three-run homer by Marcus Semien in the bottom of the ninth in the opener of a three-game series, the teams are back at it Saturday afternoon and separated by one game in the loss column on the season.

The Athletics (74-61) led 8-2 going into the bottom of the eighth Friday, but Lou Trivino and Yusmeiro Petit allowed six runs -- four of them on Lourdes Gurriel Jr.'s grand slam.

The Athletics regained the lead on Mark Canha's two-run homer in the top of the ninth against Jordan Romano, setting the stage for Semien's heroics in the bottom of the inning against Sergio Romo. Semien, who has 34 homers this season, played in Oakland from 2015-20 before signing with Toronto in the offseason.

"It's not a good feeling when you lose like that," Canha said. "But I don't think anyone's losing faith or anything. We're a confident group. We're going to come out tomorrow and keep competing. I think we're competing really well. We just have to keep fighting."

It was Semien's second career walk-off home run.

"There's nothing like it in baseball," Semien said. "Then you think of the night we had as a group in the first seven innings -- we just woke up.

"We're going against a team that doesn't quit as well. You saw the at-bats they put up in the end."

Toronto will start right-hander Jose Berrios (9-7, 3.53 ERA) on Saturday. He has faced Oakland twice this season and is 0-1 with a 3.75 ERA. In six career outings against Oakland he's winless (0-3) with a 4.32 ERA.

Oakland turns to right-hander Paul Blackburn (0-1, 2.81). Blackburn took a no-decision in one career start against Toronto, allowing no runs and just two hits in seven innings on July 26, 2017.

The Athletics placed right-hander Frankie Montas, who did not travel to Toronto with them because of a visa issue, on the restricted list on Friday and recalled left-handed reliever Sam Moll from Triple-A Las Vegas.

Montas, who was originally slated to start on Friday, pitched Thursday in Detroit. He could not travel to Canada because of a visa issue. The roster move is temporary and Montas will be back with the team in Oakland after the series in Toronto.

Moll had one previous stint with Oakland this season. He appeared in three games and worked 2 2/3 scoreless innings. After being optioned to Las Vegas, he posted a 1.69 ERA over 10 appearances.

"It never hurts to have another left-hander," Athletics manager Bob Melvin said. "Certainly this team (the Blue Jays) is predominantly right-handed. But he also has the ability to get some right-handers out. It's going to be, obviously, for a short period of time, but well-deserved based on what we saw recently and his numbers in Triple-A."

With Montas unable to pitch in Toronto, left-hander Sean Manaea had a solid outing, allowing two runs and five hits while striking out nine in seven innings and allowed only one hit in his final 12 batters faced. He had made only 86 pitches when Melvin went to the bullpen.

The Blue Jays claimed utility player Jake Lamb off waivers from the Chicago White Sox Friday, designated right-hander Connor Overton for assignment and recalled left-hander Kirby Snead from Triple-A Buffalo.

--Field Level Media

Updated September 4, 2021