The Associated Press
OAKLAND, Calif.–Edwin Jackson’s wife and children had been travelling the country to make sure they didn’t miss this milestone moment.
Complete with an extra-large bottle of champagne that wife Erika had ready for the celebration of his 100th victory, too. He accomplished it with his 13th major league team, at last.
Jackson pitched scoreless ball into the sixth for the special win and the Oakland Athletics rediscovered their offence to thump the Toronto Blue Jays 10-1 last night.
“To look back where I’ve come from, to imagine having 100 wins, it’s definitely something that I never envisioned, I never pictured, but I’ve been blessed with a crazy, successful career,” Jackson said.
“To be able to do it with these guys in the fashion they did it tonight makes it even more special,” he added.
Afterward, six-year-old son Exavier held the souvenir ball and posed for photos with his elated father, and the boy said he will “put it in my room.”
Jonathan Lucroy drove in three as the A’s used their signature power to clear the fences and get back on track after being swept in a three-game weekend series at Colorado, scoring four total runs at Coors Field following a season-best six-game winning streak.
Mark Canha hit a solo homer in the second to give Jackson (2-2) the lead on the way to the right-hander’s first victory in exactly a month–since June 30 against Cleveland.
Jackson struck out five, gave up three hits and walked three in 5 2/3 innings.
Stephen Piscotty homered leading off the eighth and Lucroy followed his early sacrifice fly with a two-run double in the inning. Jed Lowrie had a two-run double of his own three batters later.
Nick Martini added an RBI double while Khris Davis also hit a sacrifice fly.
Davis added a run-scoring single in the six-run eighth.
Aledmys Diaz homered to start the ninth for Toronto.
Oakland stayed perfect against the Blue Jays in 2018 after sweeping a four-game series at Toronto in May.
Jackson got on a roll after he escaped trouble in the first, when he Curtis Granderson and Russell Martin to start the game.
Blue Jays right-hander Marco Estrada (4-8) came off the disabled list from a left glute strain and allowed four runs over four innings in his first start since July 3.
Oakland’s broadcast went commercial-free in honour of the late Hall of Famer Bill King to mark one year after he received the Ford C. Frick award.
Elsewhere in the American League, the Twins edged the Indians 5-4; and the Mariners blanked the Astros 2-0.
In National League action, the Braves beat the Marlins 5-3; the Cardinals edged the Rockies 5-4; and the Giants towered over the Padres 5-3.
In interleague play, the Brewers beat the Dodgers 5-2; the Red Sox edged the Phillies 2-1 and the Rangers defeated the Diamondbacks 9-5.