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Rookie Gross hits grand slam in rout of A's

TORONTO (AP) -- The Oakland Athletics were due for a stinker.

Oakland made five errors and Toronto rookie Gabe Gross hit a
grand slam, leading the Toronto Blue Jays to a 13-5 rout over
Oakland on Sunday.

The A's committed two errors before even recording an out. They
hadn't committed five errors in a game since Sept. 3, 2003, at
Baltimore.

"You can't keep pitching great and playing great," Oakland
manager Ken Macha said. "We had an extremely poor day."

Some rookies had great days. Gross collected five RBI, and
Toronto's Russ Adams and Oakland's Nick Swisher both hit their
first major league home run. Bobby Crosby also homered for the AL
West-leading A's, who have lost just three of their last 19 games.

Adams led off the first with what should have been a pop up in
foul territory, but third baseman Eric Chavez dropped it. Adams got
a second chance and reached on first baseman Scott Hatteberg's
fielding error.

"Even before anything happened we had two errors," said Macha.

Rich Harden (9-6) failed to become the fifth Oakland starter
with 10 or more wins. Harden allowed seven runs -- all earned -- on
seven hits in 4 1/3 innings in his first career start in his home
country.

"I left a few pitches up in the zone and that hurt me," Harden
said.

Carlos Delgado also homered for the last-place Blue Jays, who
avoided a three-game sweep.

Toronto scored six runs in the fifth, tying a season-high for
runs in an inning.

Delgado walked and Alex Rios singled before Eric Hinske chased
Harden with an RBI single. After Justin Duchscherer walked Frank
Menechino, Gross hit a 0-2 pitch for Toronto's fifth grand slam of
the season One batter later, Adams homered to give Toronto a 10-4
lead.

"All the newcomers had good games. It was a nice win against a
good team," Gross said. "We're taking our lumps right now, but
hopefully it's going to pay dividends in the future."

Toronto starter Ryan Glynn (1-0) allowed two runs on four hits
in five innings for his first win since May 5, 2001. Glynn, called
up from Triple-A Syracuse, started in place of Josh Towers, who has
a sore shoulder.

Gross' RBI grounder and Adams' run-scoring single gave the Blue
Jays a 2-0 lead in the second. Delgado doubled the lead with a
two-run homer the third.

Crosby hit a two-run homer in the fourth, and Swisher homered in
the sixth.

Game notes
The A's record for errors in a game is seven, which has
happened three times. ... Swisher is 3-for-5 with three walks and
was hit by a pitch since being called up from the minors on Friday.
... Glynn is the 23rd pitcher used by Toronto this season, one
short of the club record.