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Yoenis Cespedes homered and hit a two-run triple, Josh Reddick added a two-run double and had three RBIs, and the Oakland Athletics beat the Toronto Blue Jays 9-4 on Monday night.
Jed Lowrie singled home a run and Josh Reddick hit a sacrifice fly in Oakland's four-run first inning. Cespedes led off the eighth with his 16th home run, snapping a career-high 25-game homerless streak for the Home Run Derby champion.
Edwin Encarnacion hit a two-run homer, while Adam Lind and Brett Lawrie each hit solo shots against A.J. Griffin (10-7), who retired the first 13 batters of the game before Lind's one-out drive in the fifth.
Lawrie homered leading off the sixth, and Encarnacion connected for his 29th of the year four batters later.
The shaggy-haired Griffin, who went 7-1 last year as a rookie, gave up four runs and four hits, struck out five and walked two in seven innings to win for the fifth time in his last six decisions. He was through four perfect innings on 42 pitches.
The AL West-leading A's (63-43) won their fourth straight and seventh in nine to move a season-best 20 games over .500, tied for best record in the AL with Tampa Bay. They have some momentum after taking three of four from the division rival Los Angeles Angels at the Coliseum, where Oakland has won 24 of its last 30 home games.
Toronto, last in the AL East, had its six-game road winning streak against the AL West end.
A's manager Bob Melvin shuffled his batting order with Eric Sogard in the No. 2 hole and Josh Donaldson dropping down to sixth as he tries to get back on track - and the A's certainly got ample production from top to bottom.
Seth Smith snapped an 0-for-30 funk with an RBI double in the third. Donaldson matched his career-high hitless stretch of 17 at-bats when he grounded out in the third, then he singled in the fifth to snap it.
Reddick hit a first-inning sacrifice fly, then doubled in two runs in the fifth. Stephen Vogt contributed an RBI single later that inning.
After a long first inning, Esmil Rogers (3-5) didn't make it out of the fifth in his first career start against the A's. He was tagged for eight runs - six earned - on nine hits in 4 1-3 innings. But the right-hander didn't record his first out until the 24th pitch he threw, and needed 35 in all to get out of the first already in a 4-0 hole.
NOTES: Cespedes hadn't homered since hitting two June 21 at Seattle. Monday's clout also was his first at home in 25 games since May 19. ... Encarnacion earned AL Player of the Week after batting .520 over seven games with two homers and eight RBIs. ... The Blue Jays dropped to 10-5 vs. the West, losing for only the second time in their last nine to the division. ... The clubs met for the first time this season. Minnesota is the only AL team Oakland is yet to face. ''It's a little odd to be playing a team this late in the season for the first time,'' Melvin said. ... Blue Jays DH Adam Lind returned to the starting lineup after missing Sunday's finale at Houston with back discomfort. ... Former A's OF Rajai Davis wasn't in the lineup for Toronto a day after matching a franchise record with four stolen bases. ''I got lucky,'' he joked.
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