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Angels' Santana pitches another complete-game victory against Jays

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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Ervin Santana was staked to a five-run lead in the first two innings, which made him confident enough to keep challenging Toronto's dangerous lineup.

Santana pitched a four-hitter for his second complete game against the Blue Jays this season and Mike Napoli hit a home run to lead the Los Angeles Angels to an 8-3 victory on Tuesday night.

"I gave up those three solo home runs, but I just kept focusing on the next hitter," Santana said. "We got a lot of runs, so that's the good thing. That made me work faster. I'm not going to throw a complete game all the time, but I just try to go as far as I can for as long as I can."

Santana (4-3) finished with 10 strikeouts, one off his career high, after his teammate built a 5-0 cushion. Toronto's first three hits against the right-hander came on first-pitch home runs by Jose Bautista, Aaron Hill and Jeremy Reed.

In his complete-game 3-1 victory against the Blue Jays on April 18 at Toronto, Santana allowed only three hits during the first eight innings and retired 17 consecutive batters before Adam Lind spoiled his shutout bid with a two-out home run in the ninth.

"He's pitched two games terrific games against a deep offensive club like Toronto, which is encouraging," manager Mike Scioscia said. "Anytime you can get a complete game or get deep into a game, it's a benefit for your whole staff. When you make mistakes to this team, they let you know by driving it out of the park."

The Blue Jays, who lead the majors with 78 home runs, did not get their first hit until Bautista hit his 15th home run with one out in the fifth. Santana started off 29 of the 33 batters he faced with strikes. Edwin Encarnacion, who hit five home runs in Toronto's three-game series at Arizona during the weekend, struck out all three times up.

"He kept the ball down and expanded the zone late in the count," said Lyle Overbay, who was 0 for 4 with two strikeouts. "I think he located a little better tonight than he did in Toronto. He threw 3-2 sliders, so he's got a lot of confidence in that thing. It seemed like the only mistakes he made were the homers."

Bobby Abreu and Erick Aybar each had two RBI for the Angels.

Ricky Romero (4-2) threw 94 pitches over 5 1/3 innings, giving up a career-high seven earned runs and 11 hits -- tying a career worst -- against an offense that was shut out Monday for the first time this season by Brett Cecil and two relievers in the series opener.

The 25-year-old left-hander, who grew up in East Los Angeles and was pitching in his home state for the first time as a major leaguer, had about 200 friends and family members cheering him on from the left-field stands. But Romero retired only five of his first 13 batters and found himself behind 5-0 after only 33 pitches.

"I always have adrenaline, no matter what. But I didn't put any extra pressure on myself," Romero said. "That's the beauty of it. I mean, you get to come home and pitch in front of your home crowd. That's what I've worked for my whole life. It kind of stinks that I didn't put on a good performance -- not only for them, but for my team. And to not be able to come up with a good performance here was definitely disappointing."

Toronto manager Cito Gaston did not get anybody up in the bullpen during the first five innings, deciding to stay with Romero in the hope he would straighten himself out.

"I believe in Ricky. Sometimes he's got to take his bumps and knocks, but you've got to leave him in there," Gaston said. "He could have held them there, he might have given us a chance. But unfortunately, he wasn't able to do that."

Romero struck out the side on 19 pitches in the fifth, but gave up Napoli's seventh home run leading off the sixth. It snapped a string of 177 batters Romero had faced over his previous 41 innings without allowing a home run since Tampa Bay's John Jaso connected on a two-run shot on April 24.

Notes

  • RHP Josh Roenicke, who relieved Romero after Aybar's RBI double, is the nephew of Angels bench coach Ron Roenicke.
  • Reed started in LF and batted leadoff in place of Fred Lewis, who was scratched from Gaston's original lineup because of a bunion on his left foot -- the same malady that forced him to undergo surgery on his right foot in September 2008.
  • Reggie Willits started in CF in place of Torii Hunter, who was in Texas for his son Cameron's high school graduation.
 
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Ervin Santana fans 10, one short of his career high, in his second complete game vs. Toronto. (US Presswire)
Ervin Santana fans 10, one short of his career high, in his second complete game vs. Toronto. (US Presswire)

Players of the Game
Anaheim

M. Napoli
AB 3
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
Anaheim

E. Santana
IP 9.0
H 4
ER 3
BB 1
K 10
 

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Toronto Blue Jays
Jeremy Reed, LF4111010 .200
Aaron Hill, 2B4111000 .159
Adam Lind, DH4000010 .232
Vernon Wells, CF4010010 .300
Lyle Overbay, 1B4000021 .203
Alex Gonzalez, SS4000011 .269
Jose Bautista, RF2111100 .244
John Buck, C3000012 .262
Edwin Encarnacion, 3B3000030 .250
    Mike McCoy, 3B0000000 .190
Totals32343110  
Batting
2B - Vernon Wells (16, Santana)
HR - Jeremy Reed (1, Santana), Aaron Hill (6, Santana), Jose Bautista (15, Santana)
RBI - Jeremy Reed (1), Aaron Hill (14), Jose Bautista (39)
2-OUT RBI - Jeremy Reed (1)
Team LOB - 3
Fielding
DP - Encarnacion-Hill-Overbay, R. Romero-A. Gonzalez-Overbay
E - Edwin Encarnacion 2 (5, Throwing), Aaron Hill (2, Throwing)
Toronto Blue Jays
Ricky Romero (L,4-2) 5.11177381 3.42
Josh Roenicke 1.2110230 4.97
David Purcey 1000000 0.00
WP - Josh Roenicke (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Ricky Romero 94-60, Josh Roenicke 43-22, David Purcey 7-4
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ricky Romero 5-1, Josh Roenicke 3-0, David Purcey 1-2
Batters Faced - Ricky Romero 28, Josh Roenicke 9, David Purcey 3
Los Angeles Angels
Erick Aybar, SS4122022 .246
Howard Kendrick, 2B5121012 .258
Bobby Abreu, RF4022101 .271
Kendry Morales, 1B5010023 .286
Juan Rivera, LF4100023 .235
Hideki Matsui, DH3010120 .231
Mike Napoli, C3221112 .265
Maicer Izturis, 3B3210112 .262
Reggie Willits, CF2111101 .207
Totals338127511  
Batting
2B - Erick Aybar (9, R. Romero), Howard Kendrick (10, R. Romero), Bobby Abreu (15, R. Romero)
HR - Mike Napoli (7, R. Romero)
SH - Erick Aybar (5), Reggie Willits (3)
RBI - Erick Aybar 2 (7), Howard Kendrick (21), Bobby Abreu 2 (23), Mike Napoli (17), Reggie Willits (2)
2-OUT RBI - Howard Kendrick (7), Bobby Abreu (7)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
E - Maicer Izturis (1, Misplayed grounder)
Los Angeles Angels
Ervin Santana (W,4-3) 94331103 3.65
Pitches-Strikes - Ervin Santana 116-82
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ervin Santana 6-12
Batters Faced - Ervin Santana 33
Game Information
Attendance - 43174
Game Time - 2:31
Temperature - 65
Umpires - Home - Tim Welke, First Base - Jim Reynolds, Second Base - Bill Welke, Third Base - Dana DeMuth