OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Gio Gonzalez had no intention of making this a short night, even after getting off to a rough start.
The Athletics' All-Star left-hander felt so strong that he joked with general manager Billy Beane in between innings that he would go the distance.
It was about the only misjudgment he made.
Gonzalez pitched eight stellar innings for his first win in more than a month, and Oakland held on to beat the Toronto Blue Jays 5-1 on Saturday night.
"It's what they wanted to see," said Gonzalez, who had lost his previous five starts before teaming with Andrew Bailey on the four-hitter.
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