OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Russell Martin, Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion homered to power the Toronto Blue Jays past the Oakland Athletics 7-1 on Tuesday night.
Martin hit a three-run shot to chase former Blue Jays right-hander Kendall Graveman (6-6) in the sixth. Bautista and Encarnacion each connected for a solo shot.
Mark Buehrle (11-5) allowed one run and eight hits in seven innings. The left-hander struck out three and walked none as the Blue Jays improved to 3-1 since the All-Star break.
Graveman came to the A’s in the offseason trade that brought All-Star third baseman Josh Donaldson to Toronto. Donaldson doubled twice and drove in a run in his first game back in Oakland.
But Donaldson’s new teammates might have upstaged his return with their own power at the plate.
Encarnacion hit his 19th homer leading off the second, and Bautista connected on the first pitch he saw in the sixth. Graveman then walked the next two batters before Martin hit a drive to left for his 13th homer.
Bautista became the third player in franchise history to hit 20 home runs in at least six straight seasons, joining Joe Carter (seven) and Carlos Delgado (nine).
Graveman, who made five relief appearances with Toronto last September, gave up six hits and walked three in 5 1/3 innings.
The A’s did little with their few chances against Buehrle.
Jake Smolinski hit an RBI triple in the sixth, but Brett Lawrie and Josh Phegley failed to drive him home. Josh Reddick and Marcus Semien singled leading off the fifth before Billy Burns lined out to right and Stephen Vogt lined out to shortstop Jose Reyes, who stepped on second for an easy double play.
Blue Jays: RHP Aaron Sanchez allowed two runs and recorded two outs in a rehab assignment for Triple-A Buffalo. Manager John Gibbons had said if Sanchez pitched well he could join the Blue Jays bullpen Thursday.
Athletics: OF Coco Crisp (strained neck) participated in batting practice and could begin a minor league rehab assignment soon. … Switch-pitcher Pat Venditte (strained right shoulder) will throw one inning right-handed for Class-A Stockton on Thursday. … Lefty reliever Sean Doolittle (strained left shoulder) played catch out to 105 feet and is expected to throw a bullpen session by the end of the month.
Blue Jays: LHP Felix Doubront (1-0, 4.50 ERA) will make just his fourth start this season Wednesday night against Oakland. He’ll try to secure his spot in the rotation after a rough outing in Kansas City before the All-Star break, when he allowed five earned runs – and seven total – in five innings.
Athletics: RHP Sonny Gray (10-4, 2.29 ERA) will try to rebound from one of his worst starts of the season. He allowed five runs in six innings in a 5-0 loss to the Twins on Friday. He gave up two home runs, including the first grand slam of his career.