By Mike Zeisberger | Correspondent
TORONTO – Chris Smith, 36, had gone 109 months in search of his second career major league victory.
Thanks to a sputtering A’s offense that managed to scratch out just two hits on the evening, he’ll have to wait a few more days at a shot at career victory No. 2.
Despite turning in a quality start by holding the host Toronto Blue Jays to three earned runs over six innings, Smith, 0-1, was the hard-luck loser in a 4-2 A’s defeat in front of 39,316 at Rogers Centre on Monday night.
Smith’s only major league victory came on June 24 2008 as a reliever with Boston.
The two teams meet again on Tuesday in what could be Sonny Gray’s final start as an Oakland A. Gray, of course, has been the subject of league-wide trade speculation and could very well be moved in the coming days.
A first inning home run Monday by Russel Martin and fourth-inning RBIs by Ezequiel Carrera and Ryan Goins off Smith were all the Jays needed to get by the A’s, who now drop to 2-5 in their past seven.
The A’s looked poised for a big inning when they put three runners on in the top of the first only to emerge with just one run, thanks in part to center fielder Rajai Davis being thrown out trying to steal third.
After Martin tied the game with a blast over the wall in left in the bottom of the first, the Jays went up 3-1 with a pair in the fourth. Matt Chapman narrowed the gap for Oakland to 3-2 with a long home run to deep center in the fifth, but that was as close as the A’s would come.
The Jays tacked on a run in the seventh to round out the scoring.