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Toro hits solo homer in 8th and A's end 8-game skid with 5-4 win over Rockies

2024-05-22 12:49 Last Updated At:13:01

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Finally a regular player in the big leagues, Abraham Toro hit a go-ahead homer in the eighth after Seth Brown hit a tying two-run drive the previous inning, and the Oakland Athletics snapped an eight-game losing streak with a 5-4 win over the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday night.

“When the manager trusts you and puts you there every day it just gives you confidence as a player and you play more relaxed,” Toro said. “I was thankful I was able to play good the last couple days so I just want to take this opportunity and keep going for the rest of the year.”

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Oakland Athletics' J.D. Davis (5) reacts after hitting a home run next to Colorado Rockies catcher Elias Díaz during the third inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Tuesday, May 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Finally a regular player in the big leagues, Abraham Toro hit a go-ahead homer in the eighth after Seth Brown hit a tying two-run drive the previous inning, and the Oakland Athletics snapped an eight-game losing streak with a 5-4 win over the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday night.

Colorado Rockies third baseman Ryan McMahon (24) throws out Oakland Athletics' Zack Gelof at first base during the fourth inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Tuesday, May 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Colorado Rockies third baseman Ryan McMahon (24) throws out Oakland Athletics' Zack Gelof at first base during the fourth inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Tuesday, May 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Colorado Rockies' Ezequiel Tovar (14) is congratulated by manager Bud Black, left, after hitting a home run during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics in Oakland, Calif., Tuesday, May 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Colorado Rockies' Ezequiel Tovar (14) is congratulated by manager Bud Black, left, after hitting a home run during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics in Oakland, Calif., Tuesday, May 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Oakland Athletics shortstop Max Schuemann throws out Colorado Rockies' Kris Bryant at first base during the sixth inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Tuesday, May 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Oakland Athletics shortstop Max Schuemann throws out Colorado Rockies' Kris Bryant at first base during the sixth inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Tuesday, May 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Fans hold up signs calling for Oakland Athletics management to sell the team during the seventh inning of a baseball game between the Athletics and the Colorado Rockies in Oakland, Calif., Tuesday, May 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Fans hold up signs calling for Oakland Athletics management to sell the team during the seventh inning of a baseball game between the Athletics and the Colorado Rockies in Oakland, Calif., Tuesday, May 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Colorado Rockies' Ezequiel Tovar, middle, is congratulated by teammates after hitting a home run during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics in Oakland, Calif., Tuesday, May 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Colorado Rockies' Ezequiel Tovar, middle, is congratulated by teammates after hitting a home run during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics in Oakland, Calif., Tuesday, May 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Colorado Rockies' Ezequiel Tovar (14) is congratulated by Ryan McMahon (24) after hitting a home run against the Oakland Athletics during the fifth inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Tuesday, May 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Colorado Rockies' Ezequiel Tovar (14) is congratulated by Ryan McMahon (24) after hitting a home run against the Oakland Athletics during the fifth inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Tuesday, May 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Colorado Rockies left fielder Jordan Beck, right, cannot catch a triple hit by Oakland Athletics' JJ Bleday as shortstop Ezequiel Tovar (14) watches during the sixth inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Tuesday, May 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Colorado Rockies left fielder Jordan Beck, right, cannot catch a triple hit by Oakland Athletics' JJ Bleday as shortstop Ezequiel Tovar (14) watches during the sixth inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Tuesday, May 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Colorado Rockies' Ezequiel Tovar hits a home run against the Oakland Athletics during the seventh inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Tuesday, May 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Colorado Rockies' Ezequiel Tovar hits a home run against the Oakland Athletics during the seventh inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Tuesday, May 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Oakland Athletics' Seth Brown (15) celebrates after hitting a two-run home run that also scored Zack Gelof (20) as Colorado Rockies catcher Elias Díaz, middle, reacts during the seventh inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Tuesday, May 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Oakland Athletics' Seth Brown (15) celebrates after hitting a two-run home run that also scored Zack Gelof (20) as Colorado Rockies catcher Elias Díaz, middle, reacts during the seventh inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Tuesday, May 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Colorado's Ezequiel Tovar hit a pair of solo home runs for his first career multi-homer game and Ryan McMahon added a two-run drive before the A's rallied against Justin Lawrence and Tyler Kinley (2-1).

Lucas Erceg (2-2) pitched the eighth before flame-throwing closer Mason Miller struck out the side in order in the ninth for his ninth save in as many chances.

J.D. Davis also homered as Oakland avoided matching the longest losing streak in the majors this year. Miami lost nine in a row from March 28-April 6. The A’s, who drew an announced crowd of 4,005, had been swept in consecutive series.

Oakland held a team meeting in Kansas City after Sunday's 8-4 loss. Everybody hopes Tuesday was a start to getting back in a groove.

“It's momentum,” manager Mark Kotsay said. “Saturday, Sunday in K.C., we had 11 hits each day and we didn't come up on the winning side. Tonight, even though we were down you felt the energy still in the dugout that we still had some outs left, we still had some at-bats, and that was a good sign.”

Kris Bryant returned from the injured list to go 0 for 4 with a strikeout for the Rockies as they continued an almost weeklong stay in the Bay Area after playing a three-game series at San Francisco over the weekend. It was the Rockies’ first visit to the Coliseum since July 28-29, 2020, during the pandemic-shortened 60-game season.

Colorado starter Cal Quantrill struck out eight — his second-most in a game this season — and walked one over six innings, allowing two runs on three hits but didn’t end up with a decision.

McMahon connected in the first after A's starter Aaron Brooks hit Charlie Blackmon with a pitch to start the game.

Brooks allowed three runs on six hits over six innings.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rockies: Bryant had been sidelined since April 14 with a strained lower back. The Rockies had hoped OF Nolan Jones also would return but he jammed his right knee sliding into second base trying to stretch a single into a double playing a rehab game with Triple-A Albuquerque. He returned to Denver to be examined by team orthopedist Dr. Thomas Noonan. The injury wasn't considered serious but he will need some rest. ... Colorado optioned OF Sean Bouchard to Triple-A and outrighted INF Julio Carreras to Albuquerque and he had been designated for assignment on Sunday.

Athletics: RHP Luis Medina (sprained right knee) will make another rehab start on Wednesday with Triple-A Las Vegas, while RHP Joe Boyle (low back strain) is set to begin a rehab assignment at Triple-A in the coming days. ... INF/OF Miguel Andujar still needs more at-bats in rehab games as he works back from meniscus surgery in his right knee.

UP NEXT

LHP Austin Gomber (1-2, 3.02 ERA) pitches the middle game for Colorado on Wednesday night againat RHP Mitch Spence (3-2, 3.90).

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Oakland Athletics' J.D. Davis (5) reacts after hitting a home run next to Colorado Rockies catcher Elias Díaz during the third inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Tuesday, May 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Oakland Athletics' J.D. Davis (5) reacts after hitting a home run next to Colorado Rockies catcher Elias Díaz during the third inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Tuesday, May 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Colorado Rockies third baseman Ryan McMahon (24) throws out Oakland Athletics' Zack Gelof at first base during the fourth inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Tuesday, May 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Colorado Rockies third baseman Ryan McMahon (24) throws out Oakland Athletics' Zack Gelof at first base during the fourth inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Tuesday, May 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Colorado Rockies' Ezequiel Tovar (14) is congratulated by manager Bud Black, left, after hitting a home run during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics in Oakland, Calif., Tuesday, May 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Colorado Rockies' Ezequiel Tovar (14) is congratulated by manager Bud Black, left, after hitting a home run during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics in Oakland, Calif., Tuesday, May 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Oakland Athletics shortstop Max Schuemann throws out Colorado Rockies' Kris Bryant at first base during the sixth inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Tuesday, May 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Oakland Athletics shortstop Max Schuemann throws out Colorado Rockies' Kris Bryant at first base during the sixth inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Tuesday, May 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Fans hold up signs calling for Oakland Athletics management to sell the team during the seventh inning of a baseball game between the Athletics and the Colorado Rockies in Oakland, Calif., Tuesday, May 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Fans hold up signs calling for Oakland Athletics management to sell the team during the seventh inning of a baseball game between the Athletics and the Colorado Rockies in Oakland, Calif., Tuesday, May 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Colorado Rockies' Ezequiel Tovar, middle, is congratulated by teammates after hitting a home run during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics in Oakland, Calif., Tuesday, May 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Colorado Rockies' Ezequiel Tovar, middle, is congratulated by teammates after hitting a home run during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics in Oakland, Calif., Tuesday, May 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Colorado Rockies' Ezequiel Tovar (14) is congratulated by Ryan McMahon (24) after hitting a home run against the Oakland Athletics during the fifth inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Tuesday, May 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Colorado Rockies' Ezequiel Tovar (14) is congratulated by Ryan McMahon (24) after hitting a home run against the Oakland Athletics during the fifth inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Tuesday, May 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Colorado Rockies left fielder Jordan Beck, right, cannot catch a triple hit by Oakland Athletics' JJ Bleday as shortstop Ezequiel Tovar (14) watches during the sixth inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Tuesday, May 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Colorado Rockies left fielder Jordan Beck, right, cannot catch a triple hit by Oakland Athletics' JJ Bleday as shortstop Ezequiel Tovar (14) watches during the sixth inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Tuesday, May 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Colorado Rockies' Ezequiel Tovar hits a home run against the Oakland Athletics during the seventh inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Tuesday, May 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Colorado Rockies' Ezequiel Tovar hits a home run against the Oakland Athletics during the seventh inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Tuesday, May 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Oakland Athletics' Seth Brown (15) celebrates after hitting a two-run home run that also scored Zack Gelof (20) as Colorado Rockies catcher Elias Díaz, middle, reacts during the seventh inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Tuesday, May 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Oakland Athletics' Seth Brown (15) celebrates after hitting a two-run home run that also scored Zack Gelof (20) as Colorado Rockies catcher Elias Díaz, middle, reacts during the seventh inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Tuesday, May 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Amazon is shifting from the plastic air pillows used for packaging in North America to recycled paper because it's more environmentally sound, and it says paper just works better.

The company said Thursday that it's already replaced 95% of the plastic air pillows with paper filler in North America and is working toward complete removal by year's end.

“We want to ensure that customers receive their items undamaged, while using as little packaging as possible to avoid waste, and prioritizing recyclable materials,” Amazon said.

It is the company's largest plastic packaging reduction effort in North America to date and will remove almost 15 billion plastic air pillows from use annually.

Almost all customer deliveries for Prime Day this year, which happens next month, will contain plastic no air pillows, according to Amazon.

The e-commerce giant has faced years of criticism about its use of plastic from environmental groups, including a nonprofit called Oceana, which has been releasing its own reports on Amazon’s use of plastic packaging.

Matt Littlejohn, senior vice president of strategic initiatives at Oceana, said that Amazon's efforts to reduce plastic packaging is welcome news, but that there's still more that the company can do.

“While this is a significant step forward for the company, Amazon needs to build on this momentum and fulfill its multiyear commitment to transition its North America fulfillment centers away from plastic,” Littlejohn said in a prepared statement. "Then, the company should expand these efforts and also push innovations like reusable packaging to move away from single-use packaging everywhere it sells and ships.”

There has also been broad support among Amazon investors who have urged the company to outline how will will reduce waste.

The company disclosed the total of single-use plastic across global operations for the first time in 2022 after investors sought more details on plans to reduce waste. The company said that it used 85,916 metric tons of single-use plastic that year, an 11.6% decrease from 2021.

Amazon began transition away from plastic air pillows in October at an automated fulfillment center in Ohio. The company said that it was able to test and learn at the center there, which helped it move quickly on transitioning to recycled paper filling.

The transition process included changing out machinery and training employees on new systems and machines.

Amazon discovered through testing that the paper filler, which is made from 100% recyclable content and is curbside recyclable, offers the same, if not better protection during shipping compared with plastic air pillows, the company said.

Christian Garcia, who works at Amazon's fulfillment center in Bakersfield, California, said in a release that the paper filler is easier to work with and that the machinery gives staff more space so that it's easier to pack orders.

Ongoing efforts to reduce waste include a campaign to ship items without any additional packaging, the company said. In 2022, 11% of all of Amazon's packages shipped worldwide were without added delivery packaging.

Other efforts include piloting new technology with artificial intelligence and robotics company Glacier to use AI-powered robots to automate the sorting of recyclables and collect real-time data on recycling streams for companies. It's also partnering with the U.S. Department of Energy on new materials and recycling programs.

FILE - The Amazon logo is seen, June 15, 2023, at the Vivatech show in Paris. Amazon is moving from putting plastic air pillows in its packages to using recycled paper filling instead, a move that's more environmentally friendly and secures items in boxes better. The company said Thursday, June 20, 2024 that it's already replaced 95% of the plastic air fillers with paper filler in North America and is working toward complete removal by year's end. (AP Photo/Michel Euler, File)

FILE - The Amazon logo is seen, June 15, 2023, at the Vivatech show in Paris. Amazon is moving from putting plastic air pillows in its packages to using recycled paper filling instead, a move that's more environmentally friendly and secures items in boxes better. The company said Thursday, June 20, 2024 that it's already replaced 95% of the plastic air fillers with paper filler in North America and is working toward complete removal by year's end. (AP Photo/Michel Euler, File)

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