Jesse Litsch held down Oakland’s offence just as he did in a shutout of Kansas City in his previous start. The Blue Jays scored more than enough runs for him for a change, too.
Litsch won his fifth straight decision and extended his scoreless streak to 16 innings, Rod Barajas had three doubles and drove in three runs, and the Blue Jays took the rubber game from the Athletics with a 12-0 win yesterday.
“I’ll try not to stop here and keep rolling,” Litsch said. “I just went out there and threw strikes again today. It’s definitely different when you score 12 runs in a game. Seeing these guys swing the bats is awesome. The longer you wait between innings is good. Everything is coming together.”
The Blue Jays won for the seventh time in eight games. Litsch’s gem and Toronto’s most productive game of the year also gave manager John Gibbons his 300th managerial victory.
“Is that right?” Gibbons said. “I didn’t even know it was 300. I didn’t give it much thought. You never know how long you’re going to last in these jobs, so I guess it’s pretty cool.”
Litsch (7-1), coming off a seven-hit shutout of Kansas City on Saturday, hasn’t lost in seven starts since a defeat at Tampa Bay on April 22. He allowed seven hits in seven innings, struck out three and walked one in throwing a season-high 108 pitches.