Triggs exits early, but A’s power past Jays

San Francisco Chronicle Late Edition - - SPORTING GREEN - By Su­san Slusser Su­san Slusser is a San Francisco Chron­i­cle staff writer. Email: ss­lusser@sfchron­i­cle.com Twit­ter: @su­sanslusser

TORONTO — Los­ing starter Andrew Triggs to a fore­arm in­jury put the A’s in a pre­car­i­ous spot early in Thurs­day’s game.

To counter that, Oak­land’s of­fense, led by Khris Davis, just kept spin­ning out runs in a 10-5 vic­tory over the Blue Jays, the A’s third win in four games.

Triggs left with one out, one on and a 2-0 count on Justin Smoak in the third in­ning af­ter ex­pe­ri­enc­ing numb­ness in his right thumb and index and mid­dle fin­gers much of the evening. He is be­ing sent back to the Bay Area to be ex­am­ined, and the A’s, their bullpen a lit­tle tat­tered af­ter pick­ing up 62⁄3 in­nings Thurs­day, are likely to re­call re­liever Emilio Pa­gan from the mi­nors Fri­day.

“The sen­sa­tion I was feel­ing in those three fin­gers was enough for me to bring it to their at­ten­tion,” said Triggs, who first ex­pe­ri­enced the is­sue on the last pitch of the first in­ning and who fin­ished his evening by throw­ing six con­sec­u­tive balls in the third. “You re­ally don’t want to come out be­fore you’ve given your team ev­ery­thing you’ve got, but that was enough for me to re­al­ize I wasn’t feel­ing the ball the way I needed to. The tin­gling was foreign enough for me to say some­thing.”

Nerve dis­com­fort can have a wide range of causes in pitch­ers, from sim­ple fa­tigue all the way to lig­a­ment trou­ble. Triggs had Tommy John surgery in high school and he said he doesn’t be­lieve the symp­toms are sim­i­lar.

“I’m op­ti­mistic it’s noth­ing like that,” he said.

Davis was 4-for-4, reach­ing base five times and scor­ing three times.

“With only one homer!” man­ager Bob Melvin said. “Usu­ally if he touches the ball three times, it’s a cou­ple of homers . ... That’s an im­pres­sive day.”

Melvin noted that Davis had an ex­cel­lent bat­ting prac­tice Thurs­day and was work­ing on hit­ting the ball to the op­po­site field. “I was work­ing on my tim­ing, get­ting (my foot) down early, and any time I’m early, it gives me a chance to see the ball longer,” Davis said.

Davis hit a two-run op­po­site­field homer off Aaron Sanchez in the third and one of his sin­gles was to right cen­ter. He also had base hits to cen­ter and to left.

“It felt amaz­ing to have a break­out day and con­trib­ute and put to­gether good ABs,” Davis said. “I’m go­ing to just en­joy it to­day and build off it.”

Matt Ol­son plopped a three­run drive into Oak­land’s bullpen in the fifth, off Se­ungh­wan Oh, and Matt Chap­man drilled a two-run blast to left in the sixth off for­mer A’s re­liever John Ax­ford.

In all seven games on their trip, the A’s have home­red, and they’ve belted a ma­jor-league lead­ing 44 homers on the road over­all. Oak­land is 20-13 when home­r­ing, 2-9 when home­r­free.

Davis has hit four homers on the trip, Ol­son three in the past four games. Chap­man also sin­gled and dou­bled Thurs­day and he’s 7 for his past 15.

Jed Lowrie chipped in an RBI dou­ble in the third, Dustin Fowler an RBI sin­gle in the fifth and Matt Joyce an RBI sin­gle in the ninth.

San­ti­ago Casilla held the Blue Jays at bay through the fourth in­ning af­ter Triggs’ exit. But in the fifth, Casilla al­lowed a sin­gle to Richard Ureña, walked Cur­tis Gran­der­son and, with one out, gave up a low liner to cen­ter by Smoak that got past Fowler’s div­ing at­tempt, send­ing in a run.

Yus­meiro Petit then took over and Yangervis So­larte sin­gled in Gran­der­son, and Kevin Pil­lar drove in Smoak with a sac­ri­fice fly, cut­ting Oak­land’s lead to 7-4. Petit went 22⁄3 in­nings, Ryan Dull worked two-thirds of an in­ning, and Lou Triv­ino came on in the eighth with two on and two outs. Af­ter Ureña sin­gled to load the bases, Triv­ino ap­peared to strike out Gran­der­son — but the 3-2 pitch down the mid­dle was ruled a ball and a run scored. Triv­ino then got Josh Don­ald­son to ground out to end the in­ning. Triv­ino also worked the ninth.

Melvin praised the bullpen’s ef­fort and said Casilla es­pe­cially stood out af­ter com­ing in so early and throw­ing 41 pitches. “He’s not used to do­ing that,” Melvin said. “He’s prob­a­bly never been called on to do that his whole ca­reer . ... He con­tin­ues to post up for us.”

Nathan Denette / As­so­ci­ated Press

Khris Davis cel­e­brates with Jed Lowrie af­ter hit­ting a two-run homer against the Blue Jays in the fifth in­ning.

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