Lawrie injured as Blue Jays lose in 15 innings to Athletics

Injury problems continue to mount for the Toronto Blue Jays. Brett Lawrie, the club's sparkplug third baseman, was pulled from Friday night's 15-inning loss to the Oakland A's in the middle of the first inning.

Brett Cecil optioned to Las Vegas, Hechavarria and Chavez join team

Oakland's Brandon Inge, left, slides after being forced, as Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Yunel Escobar watches his throw to first during second inning action. (Ben Margot/Associated Press)

Toronto manager John Farrell liked the way his team fought Friday night. He just didn't like the result.

The Oakland Athletics won in 15 innings for the second time this week, with Jemile Weeks hitting a leadoff triple and scoring on Coco Crisp's sacrifice fly to beat the Blue Jays 5-4.

Farrell used a five-man infield and also shifted his lineup. After the designated hitter spot was lost, Aaron Loup (0-2) became the first Toronto pitcher to bat in an AL game.

"I can't say enough the way our bullpen came in with nine scoreless innings and getting the game into the 15th," Farrell said. "We played our hearts out."

Third baseman Brett Lawrie left the game after one inning with tightness in his rib cage and outfielder Colby Rasmus left with a sprained groin, forcing the Blue Jays to make a few roster moves following the game.

Drastic changes

Infielder Adeiny Hechavarria, who is expected to start Saturday's game at third base, and right-hander Jesse Chavez were recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas and starter Brett Cecil was optioned to Las Vegas and pitcher Andrew Carpenter was designated for assignment.

Farrell said J.A. Happ would take Cecil's place in the rotation and will start Thursday at Tampa Bay. Cecil will move into Las Vegas' starting rotation.

The A's became the first team to play two 15-inning games in a five-day span since the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2006. This win took 4 hours, 47 minutes; the victory over the Rays on Monday night lasted more than 5 hours.

Toronto lost its sixth in a row. Jeff Mathis hit a tying, three-run homer in the ninth for the Blue Jays, and Omar Vizquel was thrown out at the plate in the 12th.

Travis Blackley (4-3) pitched three innings for the win.

Oakland has won 10 straight one-run games, its longest such streak since 2000.

Mathis' homer spoiled Dan Straily's major league debut.

Straily averaged 11.39 strikeouts per nine innings in the minors this year, the best rate in pro ball. Called up from Triple-A before the game, he allowed one run and five hits in six innings, striking out five.

Cecil allowed four runs on nine hits over five innings. Brad Lincoln went 3 1-3 scoreless innings for the Blue Jays, giving up one hit.