- Associated Press - Friday, April 22, 2016

TORONTO (AP) - Over his first three starts of the season, Blue Jays right-hander Aaron Sanchez allowed a combined three earned runs.

He gave up that many on one swing of the bat Friday night.

Chris Coghlan hit a three-run home run, Stephen Vogt had three hits and the Oakland Athletics won their sixth straight, beating Toronto 8-5.

Sanchez (1-1) allowed a career-worst six runs in 4 1/3 innings as the Blue Jays lost their third straight.

“I was up in the zone and when you’re up in the zone like that, you’re going to get hit around,” a frustrated Sanchez said.

Sanchez, who gave up 10 hits, saw his ERA rise from 1.35 to 3.33.

“It just felt they were taking good swings on everything,” Sanchez said.

It was the second time in 15 career starts that Sanchez has allowed four or more runs.

“It was a tough night for him,” manager John Gibbons said. “They came out swinging, they’re a good fastball-hitting team.”

The Athletics snapped a six-game skid at Rogers Centre and set season-highs in runs and hits (14).

“When you’re clicking on all cylinders, good things happen,” Vogt said.

Sonny Gray (3-1) allowed three runs and six hits in seven innings as Oakland improved to 7-0 on the road, their best start since opening 8-0 away from home in 1990.

Darwin Barney’s RBI single off Gray in the seventh marked the first time in six games that Oakland had allowed three earned runs.

Kevin Pillar’s two-run single off Sean Doolittle pulled Toronto to 6-5 in the eighth. Khris Davis replied with an RBI single in the ninth and a second run scored as the ball skipped past left fielder Ezequiel Carrera for an error and rolled to the wall.

“The hit that Davis got was huge for us,” Melvin said

Ryan Madson finished for his AL-leading seventh save.

Blue Jays catcher Russell Martin left after five innings with neck spasms. Josh Thole came on defensively in the sixth.

“As I kept playing, it just kept getting tighter and tighter,” Martin said, adding that he expects to play Saturday.

Toronto loaded the bases twice against Gray in the sixth but managed just a sacrifice fly by Bautista. Thole grounded out on a 3-2 pitch to end the inning, stranding three runners.

“That sixth inning was the game,” Vogt said. “Bases loaded, nobody out and he gets out of it with one run. That was a pivotal point in the game and he did a great job for us.”

COLABELLO SUSPENDED

Blue Jays 1B Chris Colabello was suspended for 80 games without pay after testing positive for an anabolic steroid. Toronto selected LHP Chad Girodo from Triple-A Buffalo to take Colabello’s roster spot.

HUTCHISON TO MAKE SPOT START

Gibbons said RHP Drew Hutchison will be promoted from Triple-A Buffalo to start Sunday’s series finale against the Athletics. Hutchison is 0-1 with a 4.11 ERA in three starts for Buffalo. The move is designed to give Toronto’s starters extra rest. Entering play Friday, Blue Jays starters led the AL with 106 IP. Toronto is in the midst of a 16-day stretch without a day off.

INHERITANCE RUNS OUT

Pillar’s two-run single off Doolittle marked the first time this season that an Oakland reliever had allowed an inherited runner to score. Athletics relievers had stranded a major league-best 28 inherited runners to begin the season.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Athletics: Oakland placed 3B Danny Valencia (left hamstring) on the 15-day DL and recalled INF Tyler Ladendorf from Triple-A Nashville.

Blue Jays: SS Troy Tulowitzki (hip) and OF Michael Saunders (hamstring) got the day off. … RHP Jesse Chavez (back) returned after missing the previous three games.

UP NEXT

Athletics: RHP Chris Bassitt (0-0, 2.79) has received two runs of support or fewer in his three previous starts.

Blue Jays: LHP J.A. Happ (2-0, 1.89) seeks to win his third straight start. He has allowed two earned runs over his past 13 innings.


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