Blue Jays lose another starter, win another game against A's
Justin Smoak got thrown out on a wild sequence that began with another sensational play by Oakland centre fielder Ramon Laureano, but wound up with four hits as the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Athletics 5-4 Sunday for a three-game sweep.
Smoak homered to help Toronto post its first road sweep of at least three games since 2015 and cap a 6-1 trip for manager Charlie Montoyo's club. The Blue Jays went 1-5 on their first road trip earlier this season.
Both starting pitchers were forced to leave early.
Toronto's Aaron Sanchez was pulled after four innings because of a broken fingernail, a problem that has plagued him in the past.
A's starter Brett Anderson (3-1) sprained his left ankle coming off the mound trying to field Randal Grichuk's single in the third. Oakland was swept at home by Toronto for the first time since 1993 after winning all seven games against the Blue Jays last season.
Daniel Hudson (1-1) retired five batters. Ken Giles got four outs for his seventh save.
The A's scored three runs in the eighth and had two on with one out in the ninth before Giles struck out Josh Phegley and got Robbie Grossman to pop out.
Smoak led off the second with a single and Teoscar Hernandez followed with a long drive to centre. Laureano made his way back to the wall, leaped and made the catch.
The strong-armed Laureano, who has already nailed several runners this season, quickly recovered and aimed to get the retreating Smoak, unleashing a throw from the edge of the warning track. The peg sailed far over the head of first baseman Kendrys Morales and carried into the expansive foul territory at the Coliseum, one-hopping to near the dugout.
Smoak tries to advance on the overthrow and was caught at second base by catcher Nick Hundley, who backed up the play.
Freddy Galvis added two hits and Alen Hanson singled, scored and had an RBI in his first game in the leadoff spot for Toronto.
Shoemaker out for year
Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Matt Shoemaker has a torn ACL in his left knee, cutting short yet another promising season for the oft-injured right-hander.
Shoemaker was hurt at the end of a rundown Saturday, and Toronto announced the diagnosis and placed him on the 10-day injured list Sunday.
The 32-year-old is 3-0 with a 1.57 ERA in five starts in his first season with Toronto. He was limited to seven starts last year with the Angels because of a strained right forearm. In 2016, he sustained a skull fracture when he was hit in the head by a line drive, and he's had lingering forearm trouble for a while.
This injury occurred while he was chasing Oakland's Matt Chapman in the third inning. Shoemaker applied the tag and spun around to avoid contact.
Infielder Richard Urena was recalled from Triple-A Buffalo.