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Moreland's 2-run HR backs Irvin gem as A's top Blue Jays 4-1

The Oakland Athletics made their early lead hold up in a 4-1 victory against the Toronto Blue Jays, on Tuesday.
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Oakland Athletics' Mitch Moreland (18) celebrates after hitting a two-run home run that scored Jed Lowrie (8) during the second inning of a baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays in Oakland, Calif., Tuesday, May 4, 2021. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Mitch Moreland hit a two-run homer on the heels of Jed Lowrie’s two-run double in the second inning to back Cole Irvin’s pitching gem, and the Oakland Athletics made the early lead hold up in a 4-1 victory against the Toronto Blue Jays.

Irvin struck out a career-high nine while dazzling over a career-best eight innings in his first start against the Blue Jays - and he walked off the mound to a standing ovation after his final inning. He struck out eight in his previous outing against the Rays, giving Irvin 29 Ks over his last 25 1/3 innings.