A’s 8, Blue Jays 5

Not a bad way for the A’s to start off a six-game road trip, coming back to beat Toronto after falling behind 5-1.

Bobby Crosby delivered the big hit early on with a bases-clearing triple that pulled the A’s to within 5-4 in the fourth inning. He scored on a wild pitch to tie the game. Matt Holliday had an RBI double to right-center for the go-ahead run in the seventh. Mark Ellis’ run-scoring single and a fielder’s choice from Ryan Sweeney in the eighth tacked on a couple of insurance runs.

Clutch work from the bullpen, which delivered five scoreless innings after Josh Outman went just four. Andrew Bailey and Michael Wuertz have both been outstanding. Who would have thought, at the start of the spring, that Bailey would even make this team? But fact is, the A’s can’t expect their bullpen to hold up like this all the time, especially when they’re calling on relievers in the fifth inning.

After 10 games, would you have guessed that youngsters Brett Anderson and Trevor Cahill would be the only two A’s starters to have gone at least seven innings? Me neither …

–Something I didn’t mention in my stories on the game: Crosby’s head collided with the knee of Toronto second baseman Aaron Hill when he slid into second in the eighth inning. Crosby stayed in the game and said afterward that he had a headache, but he was OK.

Check back before the game tomorrow morning …

Joe Stiglich