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Weaver pitches Angels past Blue Jays
Toronto, ON (SportsNetwork.com) - Jered Weaver and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim continued their recent mastery of the Toronto Blue Jays with a 9-3 triumph at Rogers Centre behind 6 1/3 strong innings from the ace righty.
Weaver (4-2) held Toronto to one run on four hits and a pair of walks to win his fourth consecutive decision and improve to 9-2 lifetime against the Blue Jays, who fell to the Angels for the 10th time in the last 11 meetings.
Hank Conger provided Weaver with all the support he needed, going 3-for-5 with a three-run homer and a career-best five RBI. Howie Kendrick added three hits and scored three times in the rout, with Efren Navarro finishing 2- for-4 with an RBI double and two runs scored.
Drew Hutchison (1-3) lasted just 4 1/3 innings in Toronto's third straight loss in this series, responsible for Anaheim's first three runs while issuing four walks to offset five strikeouts.
Offensively, the Blue Jays mustered just six hits against Anaheim pitching, including two from Adam Lind and a two-run double by Edwin Encarnacion.
"They've been taking it to us. They've got a good pitching staff over there," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons remarked.
Weaver was touched for a run in the opening inning, but dominated Toronto's hitters for the majority of his stint. After Lind singled to lead off the bottom of the second, the Angels' starter set down 16-of-17 hitters, with a fourth-inning walk to Lind the lone blemish over that stretch.
"I think he's growing into his stuff," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "Weaver is trying to get back to where he wants to be and has taken great strides the last couple of games."
Hutchison, meanwhile, held the Angels hitless until Navarro's two-out double in the fourth, a sinking liner to left that followed a walk and stolen base by Kendrick and knotted the contest at 1-1. Conger then laced a hard double into the gap in right center to knock in another run and send Anaheim in front.
Navarro's RBI was the first of his major league career.
Hutchison's leadoff walk to Collin Cowgill in the fifth helped the Angels extend the margin when Mike Trout sent him home with a ground-rule double off rookie reliever Marcus Stroman, who was battered for four more runs in the sixth as Los Angeles put the game out of reach.
Singles by Kendrick and Navarro preceded Conger's line-drive homer to right and a triple by Ian Stewart, who crossed the plate on a Cowgill single for a 7-1 lead.
Toronto's early run came as a result of Jose Reyes' feet, as the speedy shortstop began the bottom of the first with a single, stole a base and scored all the way from second after getting a running start on Jose Bautista's groundout.
The Blue Jays failed to produce another scoring chance until loading the bases against Weaver in the seventh on a Lind double, a Dioner Navarro single and a walk. Michael Kohn was able to snuff out the threat, however, by inducing an infield popup from Colby Rasmus and striking out Steve Tolleson.
Toronto did break through for a pair of eighth-inning runs against Fernando Salas, with Encarnacion's double to center bringing home Reyes and Melky Cabrera. However, Anaheim struck twice more in the top of the ninth.
Conger's third hit and fifth RBI of the day lengthened the lead to 8-3, with Kendrick doubling earlier in the inning and later coming around on a force play.
The Angels have now won in seven straight visits to Rogers Centre ... Scioscia was back running the team after missing the series' first two games while attending his daughter's college graduation ... Trout struck out in each of his four other at-bats ... Stewart's triple in the sixth inning snapped an 0-for-24 skid ... Rasmus had a nine-game hit streak halted after going 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.
05/11 19:08:30 ET
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