OAKLAND, Calif., June 4 (UPI) -- Eric Hinske hit a go-ahead homer in the eighth Friday night and added a two-run double in the ninth as Toronto defeated Oakland, 6-1.
Hinske had struggled to produce runs during the past month, going omerless with only five RBI in his previous 23 games. He was hitless in his first three at-bats Friday night before helping the Blue Jays break open a close game.
Chris Gomez hit a game-tying single in the fifth and Hinske dealt the decisive blow with two outs in the eighth, driving a 1-2 pitch from Chard Bradford (3-2) over the right field wall for a 2-1 edge.
It was the first homer since May 7 for Hinske, who doubled to left-center field off Chris Hammond in the ninth, sending Toronto to its eighth win in 11 games.
Blue Jays starter Josh Towers (1-1) recorded his first victory of the season, allowing just one run and six hits in seven innings. He walked four and struck out four.