June 22nd, 2024

Kevin Gausman throws the first shutout of his 12-year career as Blue Jays beat A’s 7-0

By Michael Wagaman, The Associated Press on June 8, 2024.

Toronto Blue Jays' Kevin Gausman pitches to an Oakland Athletics batter during the ninth inning of a baseball game Saturday, June 8, 2024, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Godofredo A. Vásquez)

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) – Kevin Gausman pitched the first shutout of his 12-year career, a five-hitter, and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Oakland Athletics 7-0 on Saturday.

A two-time All-Star who had never thrown a nine-inning complete game in the majors, the 33-year-old Gausman matched his season-high of 10 strikeouts and walked one. The right-hander threw 109 pitches, his fourth time this season topping the century mark.

Gausman (5-4) allowed one run or fewer for the eighth time in 13 starts this season. His only previous complete game – on July 13, 2014 for Baltimore against the New York Yankees – was shortened to five innings.

Kevin Kiermaier homered and Danny Jansen drove in two runs for Toronto.

The A’s (26-40), who have lost seven of 10, were shut out for second time in three days and seventh overall this season.

The Blue Jays did something they hadn’t done in 29 consecutive games dating to May 4 – score in the first inning. And they did it without getting a hit.

After A’s starter Luis Medina issued three consecutive one-out walks, Danny Jansen drove in Spencer Horwitz with a sacrifice fly.

Gausman, who pitched two seasons across the San Francisco Bay for the Giants, retired the side in order in three of the first six innings.

The 33-year-old worked out of a one-out, two-on jam in the seventh by getting Shea Langeliers to fly out and striking out Tyler Soderstrom looking.

Toronto batted around in a five-run fifth inning.

After Kiermaier homered leading off the frame, Vladimir Guerrero, Bo Bichette and Jansen hit consecutive two-out doubles. Daniel Vogelbach scored on a wild pitch and Isiah Kiner-Falefa added an RBI single.

Justin Turner singled in a run for Toronto in the ninth.

Medina (0-1) allowed six runs and five hits in 4 2/3 innings in his second start since coming off the injured list. He walked five and had one strikeout.


Blue Jays: Horwitz was hitless in two at-bats but walked and scored in his season debut. One of the Blue Jays’ top prospects, Horwitz was called up from the minors on Friday.


Athletics RHP Mitch Spence (4-3, 3.86 ERA) pitches the series finale on Sunday. The Blue Jays had not named a starter.


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