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Harden beat Toronto for only the second time over 10 career starts. Harden, who didn’t pitch until July 1 after a stint on the 60-day disabled list, allowed two hits in seven innings and walked four in an impressive 115-pitch outing.

“Kind of an ugly start,” Harden said. “I started feeling better with guys on base. That was an awful start and then everything just kind of clicked.”

Grant Balfour pitched the eighth and Andrew Bailey finished the three-hitter for his 16th save in 18 opportunities. The Blue Jays had their streak of 12 straight games with a home run snapped.

Cecil, who lost to Harden and the A’s in that Aug. 9 matchup but also won at Oakland on May 10 for his first major league victory, had his winless stretch reach four starts after three straight winning decisions. He walked a season-high five.

Oakland tied the season series at 4-4 and is trying to avoid losing a fourth straight season series with the Blue Jays.

NOTES: Carlos Delgado reached 100 walks in 130 games in 2000 for Toronto. … Jays RHP Joel Carreno slept in a Washington, D.C., airport Thursday after his flight was canceled. He didn’t want to risk not getting to Oakland and the big leagues. He was promoted from Double-A New Hampshire on Thursday. … A’s RHP Michael Wuertz, on the DL since July 30 with right thumb tendinitis, is set to throw off the mound for the first time in his rehab sometime this weekend. … Toronto LHP Brian Tallet, who strained a chest muscle by sneezing, pitched for Class-A Dunedin on Thursday and came out of it fine. Farrell expects him to go again Sunday in the minors. “He had a very clean inning, 11 pitches,” Farrell said. “He’s healthy.” … A’s LHP Gio Gonzalez (9-11) tries to snap a career-worst 0-5 streak over his last five starts. He is 1-6 with a 6.29 ERA since the All-Star break. … Toronto RHP Henderson Alvarez goes Saturday for the Blue Jays looking for his first win in his third start. He made his big league debut against the A’s.