TORONTO (AP) — Alek Manoah struck out six in six innings to earn his second straight start, Lourdes Gurriel Jr. had two hits and scored twice, and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Oakland Athletics 4-3 on Sunday .
Manoah (2-0) allowed two runs and four hits for the Blue Jays (6-4), who lead the AL East.
Toronto is 18-4 in Manaoh’s 22 career starts, winning the last 10 in a row.
“It’s pretty cool,” Manoah said of Toronto’s record on his outings. “I want these guys to know that I give it my all every time. I think they kind of play on that energy.
Manoah’s strong outing was a blessing for a Blue Jays rotation that took a hit when left-hander Hyun Jin Ryu was placed on the 10-day pre-game disabled list with a sore forearm.
“It’s never good when someone goes on the IL, but it’s part of the game,” Manoah said.
Right-hander Manoah, who pitched six innings against the Yankees last week, saw a 15-inning scoreless streak since last season snap when Oakland’s Stephen Vogt hit a solo home run in the fifth. The circuit was Vogt’s first.
Manoah struck out 10 of the last batters he faced, using a double-play grounder to erase Chad Pinder’s single in the fifth.
“He doesn’t back down from anyone,” Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo said of Manoah. “When he gets in trouble, he goes from 92 to 94.”
Southpaw Tim Mayza pitched 1 1/3 innings, Adam Cimber had two outs and Jordan Romano finished, extending his record streak of consecutive Blue Jays save conversions to 29. Romano leads the Majors with six saves.
Oakland went 5-5 on a season-opening 10-game road trip to Philadelphia, Tampa Bay and Toronto. The Athletics are playing 13 of their next 15 home games.
“I couldn’t be happier with the energy, the level of effort and the fight the club has had throughout these 10 days,” said manager Mark Kotsay. “The record may not reflect, at this time, how well I think we have played on this road trip.”
Gurriel went 2 for 3 with an RBI. He had a sacrifice steal at first, doubled and scored at third, then singled and scored first at fifth on a two-base throwing error from Athletic shortstop Kevin Smith.
Making the second start of his career, Oakland right-hander Adam Oller (0-1) allowed three runs and five hits in 3 1/3 innings. Oller walked three times and struck out three, twice stoking Major League Tour leader Vladimir Guerrero Jr., who went 0 for 4.
“I thought the fastball control was better tonight, I just didn’t have the breaking ball control,” Oller said. “It’s unfortunate against a good batting team.”
Toronto’s Santiago Espinal hit an RBI single in the second and former Oakland star Matt Chapman drove in the third inning for the Blue Jays with a two-out single in the third.
Oakland’s Sean Murphy hit a sacrifice fly over Manoah in the fifth and Seth Brown cut it to 4-3 with a sacrifice fly over Cimber in the eighth.
Athletics: Brown stayed in the game after diving into right field in second.
Blue Jays: Ryu went to IL after having an MRI on Sunday morning. He felt bad after giving up five runs and six hits in four innings Saturday. Toronto activated LHP Ryan Borucki (right hamstring) out of IL.
HOME AND READY
RHP Athletics Frankie Montas did not accompany the team to Toronto due to a visa issue. Instead, Kotsay said Montas returned to Oakland to prepare for his departure in Monday’s home opener.
Athletics: Montas (1-1, 4.76) starts Monday as Oakland opens its home schedule with four against Baltmore. Baltimore did not name a starter.
Blue Jays: LHP Yusei Kikuchi (0-1, 5.40) starts Tuesday in Game 1 of a three-game Boston series. RHP Nathan Eovaldi (1-0, 4.50) starts for the Red Sox.
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