OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Ramon Laureano homered for the third consecutive day and the Oakland Athletics beat the Toronto Blue Jays 5-4 on Monday night, spoiling Marcus Semien’s return to the Coliseum.
Stephen Piscotty also went deep for Oakland. Jed Lowrie doubled twice and had three hits.
Frankie Montas pitched six uneven innings to win the first meeting between the teams in more than two years.
“Nothing but good things about Ramon,” Montas said. “He’s been the guy right now. He’s been the guy that’s putting us back in the game. He did it yesterday and he did it today. That’s huge for us.”
Semien went 1 for 3 with a walk in his first game back in Oakland after signing with Toronto in the offseason. The Bay Area native, who played for the A’s from 2015-20, was greeted with an extended standing ovation before his first plate appearance.
Laureano connected on a 1-0 pitch from starter Steven Matz (4-2) to break a 3-all tie in the fifth. Tony Kemp walked and scored on the home run. Laureano also homered Saturday against the Orioles, then did it again Sunday with a two-run drive in the eighth moments after making a leaping catch at the fence to prevent the go-ahead run.
“I’d be playing with a lot of confidence, too, with all he’s got going on here lately,” A’s manager Bob Melvin said. “He’s doing well. He’s got tremendous power.”
The A’s center fielder had previously homered in three straight games in 2019, but never on consecutive days.
“It’s not that big of a surprise to us just knowing what kind of player he is,” Piscotty said. “He constantly goes out and delivers game-winning performances. He’s a cannon ball. He’s been carrying us no doubt these last few games.”
Piscotty homered in the second after Lowrie’s RBI double.