TORONTO -- At some point this joy ride will come to a stop for the A's.
Everything continued turning up gold for them Wednesday night at the Rogers Centre, where they administered a 16-0 shellacking on the Toronto Blue Jays. That tied for the A's most lopsided shutout victory in franchise history and marked the Blue Jays' worst shutout defeat ever.
With a seven-game winning streak and a 16-2 record in July, the A's are justifiably beginning to attract serious national attention.
They found yet another way to raise eyebrows Wednesday, busting out for eight runs in the second inning alone and sucking all hope from the crowd of 23,948. The A's sent 12 men to the plate that inning, with eight straight batters reaching base at one point.
"My guess after today is we're probably not last in the league in hitting anymore," A's manager Bob Melvin quipped. "Movin' up."
If an embarrassment of offensive riches isn't your thing, right fielder Josh Reddick made like SpiderMan on a defensive play that's sure to be a highlight-show staple.
Travis Snider lofted a towering fly ball deep to right in the bottom of the second. Reddick retreated to the wall, leapt and clung to the fence while the ball came down, and made the catch to end the inning.
It happened right in front of the A's bullpen, and reliever Jerry Blevins was standing against the chain-link fence as the play unfolded.
"He jumped on the fence, and I
Reddick said he attempted a similar play in Toronto last season but missed his swipe at a Blue Jays home run. Snider's drive did not appear likely to clear the fence.
"I wasn't trying to get 'cool' points, I was just trying to make the catch," Reddick said.
It was an amazing play to attempt, much less pull off, but that's how the A's roll these days. Might as well try something different and unorthodox, because it's likely to work out.
"We're winning games and having fun," outfielder Jonny Gomes said. "It just seems like something like that happens every game, and it's keeping everyone loose."
Leadoff man Coco Crisp homered twice and went 3 for 6. Chris Carter hit his sixth homer and drove in three runs. Yoenis Cespedes doubled twice and had two RBIs.
The A's eight-run second marked their biggest inning on the road since an eight-run eighth inning against Baltimore in September 2008.
The rally was highlighted by Reddick's RBI double off the right-field wall and Brandon Inge's two-run double to left. Toronto starter Ricky Romero (8-7) came in with a 1.70 ERA in six career starts against Oakland, but he was charged with eight runs and six walks in just 11/3 innings.
Things got so out of hand that Toronto catcher Jeff Mathis took the mound in the ninth, giving up two runs.
Three more homers gave the A's a major-league-best 22 since the All-Star break. But Gomes -- discussing the offense in the past several games and not specifically in Wednesday's blowout -- said power isn't the only key.
"We're winning games now the way we were losing games in the first half, (when) teams were taking advantage of our mistakes and adding on in late innings."
Melvin was right about not being last in hitting. The A's pushed their team average to .230, inching ahead of Seattle's .229 mark and escaping the A.L. cellar.
He fired six innings of three-hit ball and notched a career-high nine strikeouts. Griffin is the first A's pitcher to start his career with six straight "quality" starts since Jesse Flores did so in 1943, according to A's stats expert David Feldman.
Griffin's pregame attire was more problematic. He wore a non-collared shirt on the team bus, so his teammates stole the shirt and threw it in a freezer for an hour.
"I'm waiting for it to thaw out a little more so it doesn't rip, and then I'll wear it," Griffin said after the game.
He then put it on and tied the front in a knot to expose his midsection, and Reddick snapped a photo to share with the Twitter world.
Blue Jays shortstop Yunel Escobar is a possibility, and the A's have also been linked to San Diego Padres third baseman Chase Headley.
Escobar was scratched Wednesday with a sore back. Toronto also endured a more costly injury, as catcher J.P. Arencibia suffered a fractured right hand after being hit by a foul tip. He's expected to miss six weeks.