Gray steers Athletics to 4-1 win over Blue Jays
July 5, 2014, 12:00 am TWN
OAKLAND, California -- Oakland pitcher Sonny Gray bounced back from his worst start of the season to steer the major league-leading Athletics to a 4-1 home win over Toronto on Thursday.
The A's maintained a 3-1/2 game lead in the American League East division over the Los Angeles Angels, who won the opener of a four-game series against Houston.
There was a changing of the order in the National League West as the Los Angeles Dodgers took over top spot with a tight win at Colorado, moving above struggling San Francisco, which was beaten at home by St. Louis.
Oakland's Gray (8-3) restricted the Blue Jays to four hits over the first seven innings, and got some help from the field as the A's turned three double-plays.
The most important came in the eighth when Jose Reyes hit a fly to deep right field where Brandon Moss took the catch and made a strong throw to first base, beating Josh Thole who was scrambling to get back to the bag.
Stephen Vogt scored the go-ahead run on a passed ball in the second inning.
St. Louis' Jhonny Peralta hit a two-run homer to help the Cardinals win 7-2 at San Francisco.
Cards pitcher Carlos Martinez (2-3) earned only his second win as a starter, allowing one hit and one walk with six strikeouts over five innings. He also drove in a run.
The Giants have lost 17 of 22 to give up what was a very strong lead in the NL West.
They were replaced at the top of the division by the Dodgers, who won 3-2 at Colorado with Juan Uribe coming up with the go-ahead single in the top of the ninth inning.
Matt Kemp worked a leadoff walk off LaTroy Hawkins (2-2), went to second on a groundout and scored when Uribe singled under the glove of second baseman DJ LeMahieu. Uribe had half of the Dodgers' six hits for the game.