The Toronto Blue Jays held this lead.
Unable to maintain an 8-0 advantage Monday night, although they didn't go down without a fight in a 12-10 loss, the Blue Jays held on for a 4-3 victory last night over the Oakland Athletics.
Closer B.J. Ryan came into the game with two out in the eighth to earn his 28th save of the season before an announced Rogers Centre crowd of 30,071.
Vernon Wells's two-run homer in the three-run fifth inning proved to be the difference.
It was a more peaceful game for the Blue Jays after Monday's contest was marred by a disagreement between starter Ted Lilly and manager John Gibbons that started at the mound and continued in the passageway between the dugout and clubhouse.
Blue Jays starter A.J. Burnett left with two out in the seventh inning with two runs in and a runner at second base after allowing a run-scoring double that had reduced the Blue Jays' lead to 4-3.
Left-hander Brian Tallet held the 4-3 advantage thanks to Reed Johnson's fine catch on Milton Bradley's sinking liner to left. Burnett allowed nine hits and three runs in his outing.
Left-hander Brad Halsey was recalled from Triple-A Sacramento for last night's start, his seventh of the season for the Athletics, and gave up four runs and six hits in six innings. He has also made 34 relief appearances for Oakland. At Sacramento, he was 1-0 with a 0.96 earned-run average in two starts.
The Athletics scored in the third inning on Marco Scutaro's single and Jason Kendall's line-kissing double to right field.
The Blue Jays tied the score in the third with the same formula. John McDonald led off with a single and Johnson brought him home with a double to centre.
In each case, the inning ended with a ball caught at the wall. Bradley's went to left and Troy Glaus's to centre, where Mark Kotsay leaped to haul it in.
Johnson threw out Nick Swisher at the plate to end the top of the fourth. The Athletics did not score in the inning, despite having three singles and a walk, because the Blue Jays also turned a double play.
Toronto scored three in the fifth for a 4-1 lead. Gregg Zaun started it with a double past third baseman Eric Chavez. McDonald's fly to right sent Zaun to third.
Johnson was hit by a pitch for the 18th time this season before Alexis Rios hit a sacrifice fly to moderate right. The strong throw home took a hop and Kendall was unable to hold the ball as Zaun slid home.
On the next pitch, Wells hit his 29th homer of the season high and deep into the second deck in left field for the three-run lead. The two runs batted in gave him 89 for the season.
The Athletics scored twice in the seventh, during which Scutaro walked with one out and stole second. Kendall's drive back to the mound, which bounced off Burnett for an infield hit, put runners at the corners.
Gibbons then visited Burnett, but left him in. Burnett's wild pitch scored a run and Kotsay's double scored the other.
Left-hander Gustavo Chacin (6-2, 5.61 ERA), who went on the disabled list on June 10 with an elbow strain, is scheduled to start tonight for Toronto against former Blue Jay Esteban Loaiza (6-7, 5.58 ERA).
The Blue Jays will have tomorrow off before playing the Kansas City Royals three times starting Friday.