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 was the one who put us back in the game. He did it yesterday and he did it today. It’s huge for us.
Semien went 1 for 3 with a walk in his first game at Oakland after signing with Toronto in the offseason. The Bay Area native, who played for the A’s from 2015-20, was greeted with a long standing ovation before his first appearance at home plate.
Laureano connected on a 1-0 pitch from starter Steven Matz (4-2) to break an all-three tie in the fifth. Tony Kemp walked and scored on the home run. Laureano also had a home run on Saturday against the Orioles, then did it again on Sunday with a two-point drive in the eighth moments after leaping at the fence to prevent the kickoff.
“I would play with a lot of confidence too, with everything he’s been doing here lately,” A manager Bob Melvin said. “He is fine. He has enormous power.
The A’s center-back had already made a home run in three consecutive games in 2019, but never on consecutive days.
“It’s not a big surprise to us what kind of player he is,” said Piscotty. “He constantly comes out and offers winning performances. It’s a cannonball. He’s definitely been carrying us these last few games.
Piscotty had a homerun in the second after Lowrie’s RBI double.
Montas (3-2) allowed seven hits and three runs for his first win since April 16. The right-hander took out four and left one.
Sergio Romo and Lou Trivino put out three batters each. Jake Diekman worked the ninth for his third stop.
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. had three hits for Toronto.
The game was the first between the As and the Blue Jays since April 28, 2019 – lasting 736 days. They did not play in 2020 due to the season cut short by the pandemic.
Matz gave up five runs and seven hits in five innings. He has lost back-to-back starts after starting the season 4-0.
“He probably wasn’t as sharp as he started out,” said Toronto manager Charlie Montoyo. “He’s leaving a few spots in the area. The last two outings haven’t been so good, but he’ll get her back. The stuff is there.
FAMILIAR BUT DIFFERENT
Semien traced his old driving route to the baseball stadium from his home in Alameda, then entered the other side of the Colosseum for a change and needed help getting to the visiting clubhouse. He left in free agency to join Toronto on a one-year, $ 18 million contract, while the Oakland Chiefs were vetted for not doing more to try and keep him.
” It’s different. I had to ask, “Where am I going? because I haven’t been on this side since 2014, ”Semien said.
Semien was eagerly awaiting a quick reunion and waving to all familiar faces before taking the land he knows so well. It processed at least 21 ticket requests.
“I’m from the Bay Area and I can play professional baseball where I grew up tonight,” Semien said. “I can always come back here – it’s an advantage to be in the AL. You can still come home and play in front of your family in Oakland every year. “
Blue Jays: LHP Hyun Jin-Ryu (hip) is expected to drop off the injured list and start on Thursday. … DE George Springer had a scheduled day off following his exit from Sunday’s game in the sixth inning due to leg fatigue.
Athletics: LHP AJ Puk (biceps tight) is due to throw 30 pitches in two mock innings in the bullpen on Tuesday. … OF / INF Chad Pinder (sprained left knee) is likely to begin a rehabilitation mission next Monday.
Track and Field LHP Cole Irvin (2-3, 3.67 mph) made his career debut against the Blue Jays on Tuesday. Irvin has 20 strikeouts in his last 17 1/3 innings. LHP Anthony Kay (0-1, 10.80) throws Toronto on his first start against an opponent from AL West.
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