Ryon Healy, right, is congratulated by Stephen Vogt after hitting a three-run home run off Toronto Blue Jays' R.A. Dickey for his first major league hit. (Ben Margot/AP)

Ryon Healy, right, is congratulated by Stephen Vogt after hitting a three-run home run off Toronto Blue Jays' R.A. Dickey for his first major league hit. (Ben Margot/AP)

A’s rookie homers in second major-league game

OAKLAND — Just two days into his major league career, Ryon Healy isn’t wasting any time carving out a name for himself.

The Oakland Athletics third baseman hit a three-run homer for his first hit in the majors in a 5-4 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Saturday.

“He certainly has some power and he showed up today big for us,” A’s manager Bob Melvin said.

The 24-year-old Healy was called up from Triple-A Sacramento for the first time on Friday.

“I think you have to believe that you belong,” he said. “No matter where you are in life, you have to believe that you belong and just run with that.”

Khris Davis homered twice for Oakland and Sonny Gray snapped a 12-game winless streak. It was Davis’ ninth career multi-homer game, three of which came this season. The A’s have homered six times in two games, three of them by Davis.

They are 12-10 since a dreadful stretch from May 1 to June 19 in which they lost 29 of 44.

The Blue Jays, who’d won eight of nine games going into the All-Star break, lost to Oakland for a second straight day to start the second half.

Gray ended a career-worst seven game skid. He was 0-7 with a 6.16 ERA over his previous 12 starts. He allowed three runs on six hits and four walks in six innings.

“It’s been a really weird road in between wins,” Gray said. “It’s been a long time and there’ve been a lot of things that have happened. You just try and go out there and compete, I don’t think it’s any secret things haven’t gone as you would hope the majority of the year.”

Healy crushed a 66 mph pitch off knuckleballer R.A. Dickey for his three-run shot to left that highlighted a four-run rally in the bottom of the second inning.

“That’s the first slow knuckleball I’ve thrown in four years that got hit out for a home run,” Dickey said. “I thought it would be a safe pitch. I was trying to find the speed it was moving most and today it was the harder. I felt good all day.”

Dickey hadn’t allowed a three-run homer this season.

Healy said he’d never faced a knuckleballer at any level.

“I kind of peeked up and I was hoping it was going to stay fair because I saw it starting to fade a little bit,” he said. “Once it went out a big rush of adrenaline went through me.”

Dickey, who’d won five of his previous eight starts, allowed five runs on five hits, including three homers, and three walks in six innings.

Josh Thole was 2 for 3 with a two-run double for the Blue Jays and Edwin Encarnacion hit his 24th homer leading off the top of the third off Gray.

Justin Smoak hit a solo homer, his 10th, off A’s closer Ryan Madson, who pitched the ninth for his 19th save.MLBOakland A'sOakland Athleticsra dickeySonny GrayToronto Blue Jays

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