Davis and Sweeney Lead A's to 8-5 Victory.


The A's offense didn't miss a beat with the absence of Orlando Cabrera, as Rajai Davis, playing the part of a great #2 hitter, and Ryan Sweeney's 3 RBI's led the A's to a win over the Toronto Blue Jays tonight, as Dallas Braden rebounded from 2 rough starts in his 3 three outings to notch his 8th win.

The A's scored two in the first on a two-run single by Ryan Sweeney which came after Davis walked and Suzuki reached on an two-base error by Alex Rios, doing his best Jack Cust impersonation.

They scored again in the second on an RBI single by Davis and again in the third on a single by Eric Patterson.

Their big inning was the fourth when they opened up the lead with four more runs on another RBI single for Davis, a bases-loaded walk, a groundout by Everidge and another Jays error (Cowboy Up!).

Meanwhile, Braden breezed through the first six innings allowing six hits and only two runs; getting a lot of fly balls, but most of them were outs.  The 7th, however, got a little skecthy for Braden.  After retiring the first 2 hitters, he hit Joe Inglett and that was followed by an Aaron Hill double and a prodigious homer to CF by Adam Lind.

The pen took over after the Lind bomb with Springer finishing the 7th and Ziegler throwing a scoreless 8th aided by Pennington showing us some range with a Web Gem on a chopper up the middle.  Bailey closed the door with a perfect 9th to lock down his 14th save and sent everyone home happy.

We head into Rickey Henderson Weekend as winners of 3 of 4 against the powerful AL East.  Tomorrow gives us a battle of two highly-touted young hurlers with Trevor Cahill facing Brett Cecil. See ya tomorrow with a game time of 6:05.
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