Blue Jays get solid outing from Liam Hendriks in win

Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Edwin Encarnacion throws the ball to pitcher Liam Hendriks during...

Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Edwin Encarnacion throws the ball to pitcher Liam Hendriks during action against the Oakland Athletics at the Rogers Centre in Toronto Friday May 23, 2014. (ERNEST DOROSZUK/QMI Agency)

MIKE RUTSEY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:07 PM ET

Liam Hendriks got the job done.

On Friday night, Hendriks made his first start in a Blue Jays uniform and came through with the win.

The 25-year-old right-hander, who is a native of Perth, Australia, squared up against the Oakland A’s, the hottest team in the big leagues, one that had won 11 of its last 13 and had posted a major league best record of 30-17 thanks chiefly to its road record of 18-7.

Hendriks responded by holding the A’s to one run on three hits over 5.2 innings in pitching the Jays to a 3-2 victory, their ninth win in their past 11 games. With the triumph, the Jays moved to five games over .500 at 27-22.

When last seen in the big leagues, Hendriks was employed by the Minnesota Twins, where in parts of three seasons (2011-13) he combined to go 2-13 with a 6.06 ERA.


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