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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The Los Angeles Angels shelled out big bucks to C.J. Wilson during the offseason because of his reputation for pitching deep into games and eating up innings. The fact that they don't have to face him anymore was just a bonus.
Wilson pitched effectively through eight innings and got home run support from Mike Trout and Mark Trumbo as the Angels bounced back from consecutive shutout losses against Toronto to beat the Blue Jays 6-2 Saturday night with slumping slugger Albert Pujols on the bench.
"Our job is to go out there and throw eight or nine innings every time. That's what we're built to do, so anything less is kind of disappointing," said Wilson, who threw 203 innings in 2010 and 223 1/3 last year for the two-time defending AL champion Texas Rangers after five seasons in their bullpen.
"I felt like I was shooting myself in the foot lately with mistakes and high pitch counts early in the game, but tonight I had some quick innings early," he added. "And the fact that we scored took a little bit of pressure off, so I was able to attack hitters a little bit more."
Wilson (4-2) allowed two runs and six hits, including Adam Lind's leadoff homer in the seventh, and struck out nine. The All-Star left-hander had his longest outing in six starts with the Angels, who signed him to a five-year, $77.5 million contract as a free agent in December.
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"Obviously, they've got a lot of power," Wilson said. "It's like you think you have them under your thumb, and then all of a sudden, you make one mistake and -- boom -- home run. Sometimes you have to go for the corners and maybe take the risk of throwing a ball, instead of coming right down the middle. Obviously, you want to throw strikes, but you don't want to throw meatballs - because the meatball I threw tonight was a home run."
Toronto's other run came on an RBI single by Jose Bautista, who struck out twice against Wilson.
"He was spotting his fastball and the cutter," Bautista said. "That was working for him today and he stuck with it all game long and we couldn't make enough adjustments."
Kyle Drabek (2-3) was charged with five runs, eight hits and five walks in five-plus innings.
When Trout came to bat in the fifth with the score tied 1-all, a blond teenager appeared on the video board, holding up a placard asking the 20-year-old rookie to accompany her to her prom. Two pitches later, Trout hit his first home run in seven games and 25 at-bats since his recall from Triple-A Salt Lake. The video crew again showed the teenager with the sign, while Trout circled the bases on his sixth big league homer.
"Somebody just came over to me and said it was on the big screen. I didn't even see it," Trout said. "That's a first for me. It's awesome that the fans are out there cheering for me."
Perhaps someone should ask Pujols to the prom. The three-time NL MVP, batting .194 with five RBI and no home runs, got the day off after playing in the Angels' first 27 games. He is in the longest homer drought of his 12-year career, 33 games and 137 at-bats since late last season with St. Louis, and has only one RBI in his last 18 games -- on a Baltimore-chop groundout to third base.
Pujols, in the first year of a 10-year, $240 million contract, averaged 40.5 home runs during his 11 seasons with the Cardinals -- including a career-best 49 in 2006 -- and is the only player in major league history to hit 30 or more homers in each of his first 11 big league campaigns. He's never gone this late into a season without one.
"I think everybody needs a day, no matter who you are or what the situation is," Angels outfielder Vernon Wells said. "I mean, when you play this game at this level, you want to be in the lineup every day from a competitor's standpoint. But that's what you have a manager for -- to regulate that kind of thing and be able to realize when guys need a day and allow them to kind of just push reset and start over."
Trout followed with a sacrifice fly against Jason Frasor, who committed a throwing error to second base on a potential inning-ending double-play comebacker by Alberto Callaspo as the Angels increased the margin to 5-1. Frasor struck out Howie Kendrick with the bases loaded after a scratch single by Kendrys Morales, who had three hits.
"It was one of those games where they executed and we didn't, so they won. That's it," Bautista said. "There's no need to overanalyze it. It's not that big of a deal. We've got a game tomorrow and we're going try to take this series and move on."
|Mike Trout makes a diving catch off a fly ball and also hits his first homer in seven games. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
|Toronto Blue Jays|
|Kelly Johnson, 2B||4||1||1||0||0||2||1||.250|
|Omar Vizquel, 2B||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.091|
|Yunel Escobar, SS||3||0||1||0||1||1||1||.254|
|Jose Bautista, RF||4||0||1||1||0||2||3||.180|
|Edwin Encarnacion, DH||3||0||0||0||1||0||4||.287|
|Adam Lind, 1B||3||1||1||1||1||1||2||.200|
|Brett Lawrie, 3B||4||0||2||0||0||1||1||.284|
|Rajai Davis, LF||3||0||0||0||0||1||1||.188|
|a- Eric Thames, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.272|
|Colby Rasmus, CF||4||0||0||0||0||3||2||.208|
|J.P. Arencibia, C||2||0||0||0||1||0||1||.205|
|a-struck out for Davis in the 9th|
|2B - Brett Lawrie (2, Wilson)|
|HR - Adam Lind (2, Wilson)|
|RBI - Jose Bautista (15), Adam Lind (8)|
|SB - Kelly Johnson (1, 2nd base off Wilson/Wilson)|
|CS - Brett Lawrie (3, 2nd base by Wilson/Wilson)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|DP - Escobar-Johnson-Lind, Escobar-Lind, Vizquel-Lind|
|E - Jason Frasor (1, Throwing), Adam Lind (2, Misplayed grounder), Luis Perez (1, Throwing)|
|Toronto Blue Jays|
|Kyle Drabek (L,2-3)||5||8||5||5||5||2||2||3.34|
|WP - Kyle Drabek 2 (3)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Kyle Drabek 99-52, Jason Frasor 18-12, Joel Carreno 19-11, Luis Perez 4-3|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kyle Drabek 9-3, Jason Frasor 1-1, Joel Carreno 1-3, Luis Perez 2-0|
|Batters Faced - Kyle Drabek 27, Jason Frasor 5, Joel Carreno 7, Luis Perez 3|
|Los Angeles Angels|
|Mike Trout, CF||4||2||2||2||0||1||1||.231|
|Alberto Callaspo, 3B||4||0||2||1||1||0||0||.212|
|Torii Hunter, RF||4||0||0||0||1||1||6||.297|
|Kendrys Morales, DH||5||0||3||1||0||0||0||.321|
|Peter Bourjos, PR-DH||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.180|
|Howard Kendrick, 2B||5||0||0||0||0||1||7||.275|
|Mark Trumbo, 1B||4||1||2||1||1||0||1||.297|
|Vernon Wells, LF||2||2||1||0||2||0||1||.226|
|Erick Aybar, SS||4||1||1||0||0||1||2||.212|
|Bobby Wilson, C||4||0||2||1||0||0||1||.217|
|2B - Mike Trout (2, Carreno), Vernon Wells (5, Drabek)|
|HR - Mike Trout (1, Drabek), Mark Trumbo (4, Drabek)|
|SF - Mike Trout (1)|
|RBI - Mike Trout 2 (2), Alberto Callaspo (3), Kendrys Morales (9), Mark Trumbo (11), Bobby Wilson (1)|
|2-OUT RBI - Bobby Wilson (1)|
|Team LOB - 12|
|DP - Kendrick-Aybar-Trumbo|
|Los Angeles Angels|
|C.J. Wilson (W,4-2)||8||6||2||2||3||9||1||2.61|
|Pitches-Strikes - C.J. Wilson 103-64, Ernesto Frieri 21-13|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C.J. Wilson 5-8|
|Batters Faced - C.J. Wilson 31, Ernesto Frieri 4|
|Attendance - 39018|
|Game Time - 2:54|
|Temperature - 68|
|Umpires - Home - Mike Winters, First Base - Mark Wegner, Second Base - Wally Bell, Third Base - Brian Knight|