Perez shines in first MLB start, Jays edge A's

Luis Perez's first major league start couldn't have gone much better.

The rookie left-hander one-hit the Oakland Athletics in six innings Sunday to guide the Toronto Blue Jays to a 1-0 win in the finale of a four-game series.

Perez (3-2), who made 29 appearances out of the bullpen before getting his first chance to start, carried a perfect game into the sixth but gave up two walks and Oakland's only hit on a one-out single by Jemile Weeks.

He had four strikeouts and two walks and threw 50 of his 80 pitches for strikes.

Jose Bautista belted his 36th homer of the season after a 10-pitch at-bat to lead off the seventh inning, giving the Blue Jays the only run they needed to avoid their first three-game losing streak since July 5-7.

The A's won the middle two games of the series and finished 4-6 on a 10-game homestand.