Laureano stays hot, home runs again as track and field beat Blue Jays
Ramon Laureano had a home run for the third straight day and the Oakland Athletics beat the Toronto Blue Jays 5-4 on Monday night, spoiling Marcus Semien’s return to the Coliseum.
Stephen Piscotty also went deep for Oakland. Jed Lowrie doubled twice and had three hits.
Frankie Montas pitched six uneven innings to win the first meeting between the teams in more than two years.
Laureano connected on a 1-0 pitch from starter Steven Matz (4-2) to break an all-three tie in the fifth. Tony Kemp walked and scored on the home run. Laureano also had a home run on Saturday against the Orioles, then did it again on Sunday with a two-point drive in the eighth moments after leaping to the fence to prevent the kickoff.
The A’s center-back had already made a home run in three consecutive games in 2019, but never on consecutive days.
Piscotty had a homerun in the second after Lowrie’s RBI double.
Montas (3-2) allowed seven hits and three runs for his first win since April 16. The right-hander took out four and left one.
Sergio Romo and Lou Trivino put out three batters each. Jake Diekman worked the ninth for his third stop.
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. had three hits for Toronto.
The game was the first between the As and the Blue Jays since April 28, 2019 – lasting 736 days. They did not play in 2020 due to the season cut short by the pandemic.
Matz gave up five runs and seven hits in five innings. He has lost back-to-back starts after starting the season 4-0.
Familiar but different
Semien traced his old driving route to the baseball stadium from his home in Alameda, then entered the other side of the Colosseum for a change and needed help getting to the visiting clubhouse. He left in free agency to join Toronto on a one-year, $ 18 million contract, while the Oakland Chiefs were vetted for not doing more to try and keep him.
“It’s different. I had to ask, ‘Where am I going? “because I haven’t been on this side since 2014,” Semien said.
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Semien was eagerly awaiting a quick reunion and waving to all familiar faces before taking the land he knows so well. It processed at least 21 ticket requests.
“I’m from the Bay Area and I can play professional baseball where I grew up tonight,” Semien said. “I can always come back here – it’s a plus to be in the AL. You can still come home and play in front of my family in Oakland every year.”