MLB: Jeff Samardzija picks up win on debut for Oakland Athletics after Saturday trade
Last Updated: 07/07/14 7:12am
Jeff Samardzija: A winner on his Oakland debut
Jeff Samardzija made a good impression for his new club as he led the Oakland Athletics to a 4-2 win over the Toronto Blue Jays.
Samardzija only linked up with his team-mates a few hours before Sunday's game after a trade from the Chicago Cubs, a deal which cost him a place on the National League's All-Star roster.
The right-hander only went 2-7 with the Cubs this season but that told only half the story as he struck out 103 batters in 108 innings and compiled a 2.83 ERA, receiving next to no run-support from the struggling Chicago line-up.
He started out with seven innings of one-run ball for the A's, and by the time Jose Reyes came across for Toronto's first run, Samardzija had already been staked a 3-0 lead.
Although Steve Tolleson hit a home run off Oakland closer Sean Doolittle in the ninth, that was not enough to stop the hosts completing a three-game sweep of the American League East side.
They now find themselves two games adrift of the Baltimore Orioles, who needed 12 innings to secure a 7-6 win over the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park.
The New York Yankees stayed in the East race with a 9-7 win over the Minnesota Twins, with Jacoby Ellsbury hitting a home run as part of a four RBI day.
Tampa Bay continued their fine run of form, the Rays making it eight wins out of nine with a 7-3 success against the Detroit Tigers, largely thanks to another fine display from pitcher David Price, who was handed his fourth All-Star selection on Sunday.
The Los Angeles Angels saw off the Houston Astros 6-1 and there was a 4-1 win for the Cleveland Indians over the Kansas City Royals, while Hector Noesi shut out the Seattle Mariners in a 1-0 win for the Chicago White Sox.
In the National League, Tim Lincecum followed up his no-hitter with another good performance on the mound as the San Francisco Giants beat the San Diego Padres 5-3.
Lincecum gave up one run in 6 1/3 innings for his eighth win of the season with Brandon Belt batting in a couple of runs for the Giants.
They keep a half-game lead over the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL West, the Dodgers getting four hits from Matt Kemp in an 8-2 win over the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field.
The Cincinnati Reds secured a 4-2 win over the Milwaukee Brewers, but the NL Central leaders are still 4 1/2 games clear with the St Louis Cardinals going down 8-4 to the Miami Marlins to lose second spot to the Pittsburgh Pirates, who were 6-2 winners over the Philadelphia Phillies.
Atlanta's win streak came to an end at nine after they fell to the Arizona Diamondbacks 3-1, the Washington Nationals beat the Chicago Cubs 2-1 and the New York Mets defeated the Texas Rangers 8-4 in the day's interleague match.