TORONTO – Josh Reddick broke out of a slump by homering in three consecutive at-bats, Jed Lowrie and Yoenis Cespedes also connected, and the Oakland Athletics beat the Toronto Blue Jays 14-6 on Friday night.

Reddick was hitless in his previous 20 at-bats before connecting off Esmil Rogers with a solo blast in the second inning that hit the facing of the second deck in right. He hit another solo homer in the fifth, an opposite-field shot to left off reliever Neil Wagner, then smacked a three-run drive off Juan Perez in the sixth.

The home runs were the sixth, seventh and eighth of the season for Reddick, who has three career multihomer games.

All three homers came with two outs.

Oakland came in batting .219 in 22 games since July 10, but set a season high in runs and pounded out 17 hits against the Blue Jays, winning for the sixth time in eight games at Rogers Centre.

Reddick is the sixth player this season to hit three homers in a game. It’s the first three-homer game by an Athletics player since Erubiel Durazo did it in a 5-4 victory at Baltimore on Aug. 18, 2004, hitting a pair of two-run homers and a solo shot.

TWINS SWEEP WHITE SOX: Justin Morneau hit two homers, including a grand slam, as visiting Minnesota rallied to beat Chicago 7-5 in the first game of a day-night doubleheader.

Morneau’s drive off reliever Nathan Jones with two out in the seventh wiped out a 3-1 deficit. He added a solo drive in the ninth.

The Twins also won the second game, 3-2.

ANGELS 5, INDIANS 2: Jered Weaver chalked up another win in Cleveland and Josh Hamilton hit a three-run homer in the first inning as Los Angeles ended a four-game losing streak with a win at Cleveland, as the Indians dropped their fifth in a row.

Weaver (7-5) allowed two runs and six hits in seven innings. The right-hander has dominated in Cleveland’s ballpark, going 6-0 with 1.64 ERA in nine career starts.

YANKEES 4, TIGERS 3: Brett Gardner’s third hit of the game, a single, drove in Jayson Nix in the bottom of the 10th inning as New York won at home to break Detroit’s 12-game winning streak.


NATIONALS 9, PHILLIES 2: Dan Haren won his third straight start while Anthony Rendon and Ryan Zimmerman homered to help Washington snap a four-game losing streak with a win at home.

Haren limited the Phillies to two runs and four hits over seven innings for his first career win against Philadelphia in eight starts. He struck out seven without issuing a walk.

The Phillies have lost seven of nine.

REDS 7, PADRES 2: Bronson Arroyo recovered from his roughest outing of the season with a solid showing, and Joey Votto drove in a pair of runs with a single and a triple, leading Cincinnati to a win at home.

The Reds have won three straight since getting embarrassed by St. Louis at home last weekend, dropping games by scores of 13-3 and 15-2.

BRAVES 5, MARLINS 0: Justin Upton, Chris Johnson and Brian McCann homered, Brandon Beachy pitched eight strong innings as host Atlanta beat Miami for its 14th straight win.

The Braves are one victory shy of tying their 2000 record for the longest winning streak since the franchise relocated to Atlanta in 1966.

CUBS 3, CARDINALS 0: Anthony Rizzo had a two-run single, Chris Rusin pitched around seven hits in six innings, and Chicago recorded its first shutout in St. Louis in 16 years.

Lance Lynn (13-6) lost in his try to become the National League’s first 14-game winner.

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