The hits just keep on coming for the A’s.
Oakland jumped out to a huge early lead with an eight-run second inning against the Toronto Blue Jays and continued to pile it on en route to a 16-0 victory on Wednesday, the club’s seventh consecutive victory. The A’s, who will go for the series sweep in Toronto today, have climbed to nine games above .500 and have pulled even with the Los Angeles Angels for second in the AL West standings.
Coco Crisp hit two solo home runs and Chris Carter also homered and drove in three runs to back A.J. Griffin, who threw six masterful innings.
Griffin (3-0) racked up a career-high nine strikeouts while limiting Toronto to three hits and two walks.
Oakland jumped all over Blue Jays struggling left-hander Ricky Romero, forcing him out after just 1¹⁄³ innings en route to their highest-scoring game of the season. Romero (8-7) hurt his own cause, issuing six walks — including five in the second inning — to see his ERA balloon to 5.75.
The one-sided loss wasn’t the only bit of bad news for the Blue Jays, who lost catcher J.P. Arencibia to a fractured hand. Arencibia was replaced by Jeff Mathis in the bottom of the second inning after getting hit by a foul tip in the top of the frame, and is expected to miss approximately six weeks.
After jumping out to a 9-0 lead after two innings, Crisp added a solo homer into the right-field bullpen in the third, then launched another solo shot to nearly the exact same location in the fifth inning for his first multi-homer effort since last Aug. 24. Carter tacked on a run with a solo homer to left in the sixth, and Oakland added two runs in the eighth and two more in the ninth off Mathis, who pitched for the second time this season.
NOTES: It was the A’s fifth 16-0 shutout in franchise history, with the last coming against the Giants in 2005. ... Oakland scored eight times in the second inning of a 12-1 win over Texas on June 4. ... The game marked the largest shutout loss in Toronto franchise history.