Rogers rocked as Jays pounded by A's

Oakland Athletics centre fielder Coco Crisp fails to come up with a ball that bounces under his...

Oakland Athletics centre fielder Coco Crisp fails to come up with a ball that bounces under his glove during American League action in Toronto August 9, 2013. (REUTERS/Fred Thornhill)

MIKE RUTSEY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:11 AM ET

Esmil Rogers appears to have hit the proverbial wall.

The Blue Jays reliever-turned-starter has been battered in each of his past four starts and it may be time to roll him back to the bullpen.

After giving up 10 hits in each of his past three starts and a combined 15 runs, Rogers didn’t stop the bleeding Friday night against the Oakland A’s.

A four-run first that featured a three-run homer by Jed Lowrie and next pitch jack by Yoenis Cespedes was followed by a two-run second that dropped both Rogers and the Jays into a 6-0 hole.

The Athletics would go on to hammer out a 14-6 victory to hand Rogers his fifth consecutive loss and drop his record to 3-7.

The Jays also may have lost a reliever as Juan Perez, who took over in the sixth, had to leave the game with an unspecified injury with two out in the seventh.


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