Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 8/10/13
The A's especially struggling outfielder Josh Reddick regained some offensive mojo Friday night against the Blue Jays - and the team has a little extra buzz for Saturday's game too with a top prospect in action. The A's beat the Blue Jays 14-6 in the opener of a four-game series at Toronto hitting a season-high five homers back-to-back shots by Jed Lowrie and Yoenis Céspedes in the first inning and three by struggling right fielder Josh Reddick - two to right field and one to left. "Fantastic" Reddick said. "I finally got something to go my way. If you hit it over there they can't catch it." It was Reddick's first multi-homer game since Sept. 27; the A's home-run leader in 2012 with 32 Reddick entered Friday batting .203 with five homers for the season and his solo shot in the third inning off Esmil Rogers ended an 0-for-20 streak. The A's who had managed 15 runs combined in losing six of their previous seven games recorded a season-high run total. They have 2011 top draft pick Sonny Gray making his first big-league start Saturday at Toronto. Reddick belted a solo homer into the second deck in right with two outs in the third; drilled an opposite-field shot in the fifth also with the bases empty; and crushed a three-run homer in the sixth inning for his first-ever three home run game and the A's first since Erubiel Durazo's on Aug. 18 2004. Reddick said his opposite-field homer was his first since his first big-league home run. He came up again in the eighth and he was absolutely trying to hit another homer. "I was actually quite anxious and shaking in the box thinking about it" he said. He grounded out to second but he still lifted his average to .210. "That's something I really needed" Reddick said of his night.
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