Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 8/5/12

OAKLAND -- The last-place Toronto Blue Jays were resilient this weekend, and they held their own against the surging Oakland Athletics.

Edwin Encarnacion's two-run homer and Yunel Escobar's two-run single were instrumental Sunday in the 6-5 win that allowed the Blue Jays to split the four-game series against the A's.

"The two-run homer by Eddie gets us back within a run, and when they chose to pitch to Yunel, a big two-run single by him as well," Blue Jays manager John Farrell said.

Aaron Laffey (3-2) pitched six innings, allowing six hits and four runs for the win. Casey Janssen pitched the ninth to record his 14th save.

"You start the game out wanting to go out there and throw up a zero every inning," Laffey said. "This team is going to score runs and play great defense, and as long as you can hopefully get through six or seven (innings) and give up four (runs) or less, I believe we're going to win. I didn't want to give up four, but that's what happened."

With the Jays up 6-4 in the seventh inning, the A's cut their deficit to one. Adam Rosales hit a one-out double to left. Coco Crisp doubled to right, bringing in Oakland's first run since the third inning. Jonny Gomes failed to tie the game, striking out swinging to end the inning.

The game ended when Jemile Weeks' hard line drive to third base resulted in a double play.

"I thought it was going to get by, but he caught it and that's the game," Weeks said. "I hit it good. There wasn't much else I wanted to do with that pitch, and he made the play."

In the first inning, Rajai Davis led off with a double to left. On a bunt executed to perfection by Anthony Gose, the fleet-footed Davis scored all the way from second base. It was a daring baserunning play, but Davis never broke stride.

The aggressive baserunning by the Blue Jays carried over to the second inning. After Kelly Johnson was hit by a pitch, he tried to steal second but was thrown out on an accurate throw by A's catcher Derek Norris.

With two outs in the second, Oakland's Brandon Inge singled to center. Norris followed with a line-drive double to left-center, bringing home Inge to tie the game 1-1.

Josh Reddick, Oakland's slumping run-producer, hit a three-run, third-inning homer into the right field seats for a 4-1 A's lead.

Toronto answered in the fourth inning. After a bloop single to left by Gose, Encarnacion unloaded with a blast to left-center. Crisp tried to scale the wall, but the ball was well out of reach.

"We have been struggling the past couple of games," Encarnacion said. "That homer gave everybody a little more emotion, and everybody started hitting better."

Oakland starter Tommy Milone (9-9) got into a big jam in the fifth after he retired the first two batters. Davis hit a popup to short, but due to the bright blue sky, Rosales lost sight of the ball, and it dropped in for an infield single.

"It was pretty tough, right off the bat, it went right into the sun, and usually (the ball) comes out," Rosales said. "I'll stay with it and wait for it to come out, but it just never did. I really wish I would have made that play. It definitely changed the game. Go back to that play, and if I make that play I believe we win ... for sure."

That hit would open the door for Toronto to score three runs. Gose kept the inning alive with a line-drive double to left. With runners at second and third, the A's intentionally walked Encarnacion. Escobar fell behind in the count, but on a 1-2 pitch, he singled between third and short, scoring the go-ahead run. Johnson gave the Blue Jays a two-run edge with an RBI single to left.

Milone has dropped his last three starts. The rookie left-hander worked six innings, allowing six runs on nine hits.

"I still feel strong," said Milone who has pitched a team-high 140 1/3 innings this season. "I wouldn't say it's (arm fatigue), it's just a bad run right now. Especially in Toronto and then here, they've given me a lead and then the (Blue Jays) come right back and tie the game or go ahead, and it's just one of those things. I've got to bear down and keep it close, and I feel like I haven't been able to do that for them."

NOTES: Toronto has now won two in a row following a season-high six-game losing streak. ... Janssen has converted his last 14 save opportunities this season. ... Encarnacion has a career-high 29 home runs, and 14 of them have come with runners on base. ... The Athletics placed right-hander A.J. Griffin on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right shoulder and recalled left-hander Pedro Figueroa from Triple-A Sacramento. It is already the fourth time this season that Figueroa has been recalled. Oakland also optioned Michael Taylor to Sacramento and recalled right-hander Evan Scribner for his third stint with the A's in 2012. ... The A's host the Angels on Monday night to start a pivotal series in the wild-card race. Oakland and Detroit are tied for the two AL wild-card spots, with the Angels a half-game behind.

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