Semien Hits Walk-off HR, Jays Rally Three Times To Beat A’s

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TORONTO (AP) — Marcus Semien deed a game-ending three-run homer successful the ninth inning aft Loudes Gurriel Jr. deed a tying expansive slam successful the eighth, and the Toronto Blue Jays rallied 3 times to stun the Oakland Athletics 11-10 Friday night.

“We conscionable woke up,” Semien said.

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Semien connected disconnected Sergio Romo (1-1) for his career-best 34th location tally of the season, sparking a chaotic solemnisation astatine location plate.

“It’s huge,” said Semien, who delivered against the nine that fto him permission arsenic a escaped cause past offseason. “Every triumph is truthful important close now. Biggest at-bat of the twelvemonth for me, obviously.”

Oakland dropped 3 games down Boston successful the AL wild-card race. Toronto remains 5 games backmost of the Red Sox, who bushed Cleveland 8-4 Friday.

The Blue Jays person won 9 of the past 11 meetings with Oakland, dating to 2019.

“It was awesome,” Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo said. “What a large win.”

Toronto’s Teoscar Hernández deed a tying two-run homer successful the 4th earlier Oakland pulled distant for an 8-2 lead. Gurriel’s slam capped a six-run eighth against Lou Trivino and Yusmeiro Petit to necktie it again.

Blue Jays person Jordan Romano (7-1) gave up Mark Canha’s two-run location tally successful the apical of the ninth earlier Romo allowed a single, a treble and Semien’s shot.

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. fueled the eighth-inning surge with an RBI azygous disconnected Trivino, who near aft loading the bases. Petit came connected and walked Alejandro Kirk, past gave up a first-pitch homer to Gurriel.

Matt Olson reached connected an infield azygous to statesman the ninth. Romano struck retired the adjacent 2 batters, but Canha lined his archetypal transportation disconnected the foul surface successful left, his 15th.

Tony Kemp added a two-run homer for the Athletics, his sixth. He and teammate Khris Davis had dinner with Semien on Thursday night. Semien agreed to an $18 million, one-year woody with Toronto successful January.

Oakland’s illness denied left-hander Sean Manea his archetypal triumph since July 28. After going 0-3 with a 9.90 ERA successful 5 August starts, Manea allowed 2 runs and 5 hits. He walked nary and struck retired nine.

“I felt truly good,” Manea said. “My tempo, I felt, was a batch amended than it has been recently.”

Blue Jays right-hander Alek Manoah allowed six runs and 5 hits successful five-plus innings.

The benches cleared concisely aft Manoah deed batters with consecutive pitches successful the fifth. Josh Harrison flipped his bat successful vexation aft being deed with a precocious and choky fastball, and helium was visibly aggravated aft Manoah’s adjacent offering deed Starling Marte connected the broadside of the helmet.

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Players came retired of the dugout arsenic trainers tended to a fallen Marte astatine location plate. Marte remained successful the crippled and scored from archetypal connected Olson’s tiebreaking double.

“We don’t deliberation it’s a concussion,” Oakland manager Bob Melvin said. “It’s much conscionable sore to the interaction close now, nary headache, thing similar that. It looked ugly.”

Skye Bolt replaced Marte successful halfway tract successful the bottommost fractional of the inning.

Manoah leads Blue Jays pitchers with 11 deed batters successful 79 1/3 innings.

Kemp chased Manoah erstwhile helium connected successful the sixth.

SLAM-A-LOT

Gurriel is the 4th subordinate successful Blue Jays past to deed 3 expansive slams successful a season, joining Carlos Delgado (1997), Darrin Fletcher (2000), and Edwin Encarnacion (2015).

PLAYING THE VILLAIN

Many successful the assemblage of 14,843 booed Harrison successful his 2 last sheet appearances. Harrison made a amusement of bowing and tipping his helmet to fans down the archetypal basal dugout aft grounding retired successful the eighth.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Blue Jays: RHP Ross Stripling (strained near oblique) threw unrecorded batting signifier earlier the game. Stripling’s adjacent measurement volition beryllium a insignificant league rehab assignment.

ROSTER MOVES

Blue Jays: Toronto claimed INF/OF Jake Lamb connected waivers from the Chicago White Sox and recalled LHP Kirby Snead from Triple-A Buffalo. Toronto designated RHP Conor Overton for assigment to unfastened a 40-man roster spot for Lamb.

Athletics: Oakland recalled LHP Sam Moll from Triple-A Las Vegas and placed RHP Frankie Montas connected the restricted list. Montas was incapable to question to Canada with the squad due to the fact that of a visa issue.

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