American League Game Summary - LA Angels of Anaheim at Toronto|
(Thursday, June 28th)
Final Score: LA Angels of Anaheim 9, Toronto 7
Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Mike Trout ripped a go-ahead two-run homer in
the top of the sixth inning and the Angels held off the Blue Jays, 9-7, in the
opener of a four-game set Thursday at Rogers Centre.
Alberto Callaspo stroked a solo home run, Mark Trumbo added a two-run blast
and Albert Pujols scored three times and clubbed a pair of doubles among his
four hits to help the Angels earn their fourth straight win.
Dan Haren (6-7) earned the victory, despite allowing six runs on seven hits
and one walk over six frames. Ernesto Frieri retired the final hitter of the
eighth and worked his way out of a bases loaded jam in the ninth to nail down
his 10th save of the season.
Brett Cecil (1-1) had a forgettable outing after yielding eight runs on 10
hits and two walks in 5 1/3 innings to take the loss.
"At some point we have got to find a way to get deep into games," said Toronto
manager John Farrell about his starting pitching. "We're putting an awful lot
of pressure on our bullpen right now."
Jose Bautista crushed his league-leading 26th home run of the year, but the
Blue Jays lost their third straight game.
Callaspo got the Halos going in the second, launching a two-out fastball into
the left-field seats to give the visitors a 1-0 lead.
Edwin Encarnacion worked a leadoff walk in the bottom half before Kelly
Johnson ripped a double into the right-center field gap to put runners on
second and third with no outs.
Yunel Escobar then grounded out sharply to shortstop, plating Encarnacion from
third to knot the game at 1-1.
Jeff Mathis broke the tie in the third, crushing a leadoff blast into the Blue
Jays' bullpen in left to give the home team a 2-1 edge.
The Angels reclaimed the lead in the fourth as Pujols doubled to deep center
field and Trumbo followed with a blast to left to make it a 3-2 game.
Howie Kendrick then coaxed a walk before Callaspo singled into center field. A
bunt moved both runners up and Peter Bourjos plated Kendrick with a sacrifice
fly to center to double the Angels' advantage.
Toronto trimmed the lead in the bottom half as Encarnacion singled, moved
to third two batters later on Escobar's base hit to right and finally scored
on a sac fly to center from Rajai Davis to cut the deficit to 4-3.
Kendrick helped the Angels restore a two-run lead in the fifth with a two-out
single into right field, scoring Pujols from second after he doubled earlier
in the frame.
Mathis and Colby Rasmus each singled in the bottom half to set the table for
Bautista, who crushed a three-run shot deep into the upper deck in left to put
the home team back on top, 6-5.
"He's obviously hit me well over the years," said Haren of Bautista. "I made
two or three mistakes today and one of them was that one."
In the sixth, Erick Aybar bunted for a single and moved to second as Cecil's
throw to first was off the mark. Bourjos then ripped a ground-rule double into
center field, plating Aybar to knot the game at 6-6.
Bourjos moved to third on a bunt before trotting home on Trout's two-run blast
to left to give the Angels an 8-6 lead.
Mathis doubled to start the seventh and quickly scored on a single from Brett
Lawrie to make it a one-run contest, but the Angels got the run back in the
ninth when Trumbo roped a triple into right-center field, scoring Pujols to
provide the Angels with an insurance run.
Haren improved to 5-0 in seven career starts at Rogers Centre...Frieri has now
made 23 consecutive scoreless relief appearances...The Angels are now 14-1 in
their last 15 road games...Bautista's 14 home runs in the month of June marks
a club record for the most home runs hit in any single month.
06/29 02:03:50 ET