Hinske haunts A's with three-run homer


TORONTO (AP) -- A couple of former Oakland prospects combined to
send the Athletics to yet another loss.

Eric Hinske hit a three-run homer to lead the Toronto Blue Jays
to their first series win at home this season with a 6-3 victory
over the Athletics on Saturday.

"It's cool. It's definitely good to beat your old team," said
Hinske, acquired from Oakland along with rookie starter Justin Miller (3-1) for closer Billy Koch this winter.

"You want to show them what they lost."

Oakland has lost 12 of 15 overall, and have dropped six
consecutive series.

Hinske hit his seventh home run, giving Toronto a 6-0 lead in
the third inning. Hinske also hit a two-run homer against Oakland
on May 12.

"I've got two home runs against them now," Hinske said with a

Miller, who lost his previous start against the A's, allowed
three runs and seven hits in 5 2-3 innings. The 24-year-old
right-hander struck out a career-high seven and walked one.

"It's definitely good to beat them," Miller said. "When you
get out there it's supposed to be another ballgame, but it
definitely isn't."

Kelvim Escobar pitched the ninth for his seventh save in 10

The Blue Jays have won the first two games of three-game series
and will try for a sweep on Sunday. Toronto is just 7-14 at SkyDome
this season.

"We've had two well pitched games by our starters in
back-to-back nights," Toronto manager Buck Martinez said. "Justin
Miller was outstanding."

Dave Berg hit an RBI double off Mike Fyhrie (1-3) in the first
inning, and Berg later scored on Raul Mondesi's double-play
grounder, giving Toronto a 2-0 lead.

Fyhrie walked Jose Cruz Jr. before Carlos Delgado hit an RBI
double in the third. Fyhrie then walked Mondesi before Hinske
homered to left.

"Hinske is a good player," Fyhrie said. "The cutter I threw
him didn't really cut. He took advantage of it."

Fyhrie, recalled from the minors Friday after Cory Lidle was
placed on the 15-day disabled list with inflammation in his
shoulder, allowed six runs -- five earned -- and five hits in 5 1/3

"Hopefully, we can turn this around soon," Fyhrie said.

Fyhrie said the A's are happy with Koch, who has seven saves.

"One game is not going to dictate whether a trade is good or
bad," Fyhrie said.

The Athletics scored three runs in the fourth on Delgado's
throwing error at first base and Terrence Long's two-out, two-run

Game notes
The Blue Jays have won just four of their last 13 games at
SkyDome. ... The Athletics have lost eight of 11 on the road. ...
Toronto C Tom Wilson missed the game with a sore elbow. Wilson was
hit by a foul ball Thursday. ... The Athletics have not homered in
their last five games, their longest drought of the season. ...
Miller gave up a season-high six earned runs in four innings of a
7-4 loss against Oakland on May 11. ... Hinske has 12 errors this