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Trout, Trumbo go deep, Angels top Jays

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TORONTO -- Even as the pressure mounted in the ninth inning, Angels closer Ernesto Frieri couldn't wipe the smile off his face.

Rookie Mike Trout and Mark Trumbo each hit two-run homers Alberto Callaspo added a solo shot as Los Angeles beat the Toronto Blue Jays 9-7 on Thursday night for their 14th victory in 18 games.

Frieri's 10th save in as many chances was his most difficult yet, as Toronto loaded the bases against him in the ninth with back-to-back singles and a walk.

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The two hits off Frieri were the most he has allowed in any of his 23 outings since joining the Angels, and the first time he has allowed consecutive hits.

Frieri, who has not allowed a run since his May 3 trade from San Diego, said AL hitters have started looking for the fastball against him.

"They're ready for me," he said. "They're looking for fastballs all the time now and they know that I throw it a lot."

Jeff Mathis and Brett Lawrie singled on fastballs to begin the ninth. That's when Frieri got fired up.

"When the crowd got loud, I got excited," he said. "I was smiling. Nobody out, men at first and second I was like, 'I like this. I've got to get out of here, man. It's going to be fun when I get out of here, so let's do it.' "

Frieri struck out Colby Rasmus, then loaded the bases by walking Jose Bautista on a 3-2 pitch. He ended it with a slider, not a fastball, getting Edwin Encarnacion to ground into a game-ending double play.

"A perfect pitch in the perfect situation," Frieri said.

Angels manager Mike Scioscia credited second baseman Howie Kendrick and Albert Pujols at first for their roles.

"That double play was not easy," Scioscia said. "Howie hung in there to get rid of it and Albert made a great pick."

Trout went 2 for 5 to raise his American League-leading average to .345 as the Angels, who have won 25 of 33 overall, improved to 14-1 in their past 15 road contests.

"He's brought some great energy since he's been up here," Pujols said of Trout.

Bautista hit his major league-best 26th home run, a three-run drive in the fifth, but it wasn't enough as the last-place Blue Jays lost their third in a row.

Pujols had four of Los Angeles' 14 hits as the Angels continued to pound opposition pitching; they've scored 64 runs in the past eight games. For Pujols, it was his first four-hit game since signing with Los Angeles last winter.

"If we're going to reach our goal, our lineup has to flow like this," Scioscia said.

Dan Haren (6-7) allowed six runs and seven hits in six innings to win consecutive starts for the first time since May 29. Haren, who walked one and struck out three, improved to 5-0 in seven career starts at Rogers Centre.

LaTroy Hawkins worked the seventh and Scott Downs got two outs in the eighth before Frieri finished it off.

Brett Cecil (1-1) lost for the first time in three starts this season, giving up eight runs and 10 hits in 5 1/3 innings. He walked two and struck out a season-high six.

"When he left a pitch up over the plate, they didn't miss it," Blue Jays manager John Farrell said.

Callaspo opened the scoring with a home run in the second, his fifth, but the Blue Jays answered in the bottom half on Yunel Escobar's RBI groundout.

Toronto's Jeff Mathis hit a leadoff home run against his former team in the third, but the Angels reclaimed the lead with three in the fourth. Pujols led off with a double and Trumbo followed with his team-leading 19th home run. Kendrick walked, went to third on Callaspo's single and scored on Peter Bourjos' sacrifice fly.

The Blue Jays cut it to 4-3 in the bottom half on a sacrifice fly by Rajai Davis, but Kendrick restored the two-run cushion with an RBI single in the fifth.

Bautista erased the advantage in the bottom half with a booming drive into the second deck in left. The homer was Bautista's 14th in June, extending his team record.

Bourjos tied it with an RBI double and Trout chased Cecil in the sixth with a two-run drive that just cleared the wall in left, his eighth.

Toronto cut it to 8-7 on Lawrie's RBI single in the seventh, but Rasmus was thrown out trying to score from third on Bautista's grounder to short.

Trumbo added some insurance when he tripled home a run in the ninth against reliever Casey Janssen.

Mathis had four hits, matching a career high, and scored three runs for Toronto. He came within a triple of the cycle.

Notes

  • Blue Jays RHP Henderson Alvarez, who left Monday's start at Boston with a sore elbow, threw before the game and remains on track to start Saturday, manager John Farrell said.
  • Angels RHP Jerome Williams (respiratory) threw a bullpen session before the game. Williams went on the DL on June 19 after suffering an asthma attack following a start against San Francisco.
  • Fans cheered and the game was briefly halted with Callaspo batting in the fifth when a pigeon walked across the field between the mound and home plate.
 
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Torii Hunter congratulates Mike Trout on his home run in the sixth inning. The two-run blast breaks a 6-6 tie.  (Getty Images)
Torii Hunter congratulates Mike Trout on his home run in the sixth inning. The two-run blast breaks a 6-6 tie. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
Toronto

J. Mathis
AB 4
R 3
H 4
HR 1
RBI 1
Los Angeles

A. Pujols
AB 5
R 3
H 4
HR 0
RBI 0
 

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Los Angeles Angels
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Mike Trout, LF5122012 .345
Torii Hunter, RF5000011 .272
Albert Pujols, 1B5340010 .270
Mark Trumbo, DH5123012 .315
Howard Kendrick, 2B4111111 .274
Alberto Callaspo, 3B4121122 .265
Erick Aybar, SS4120011 .254
Peter Bourjos, CF3112022 .237
Bobby Wilson, C2000110 .183
Totals379149311  
Batting
2B - Albert Pujols 2 (20, Cecil, Cecil), Peter Bourjos (6, Cecil)
3B - Mark Trumbo (3, Janssen)
HR - Mike Trout (8, Cecil), Mark Trumbo (19, Cecil), Alberto Callaspo (5, Cecil)
SF - Peter Bourjos (3)
SH - Erick Aybar (2), Bobby Wilson (8)
RBI - Mike Trout 2 (32), Mark Trumbo 3 (53), Howard Kendrick (29), Alberto Callaspo (21), Peter Bourjos 2 (17)
2-OUT RBI - Howard Kendrick (8), Alberto Callaspo (8)
PK - Alberto Callaspo (1, Cordero)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Aybar-Kendrick-Pujols
E - Bobby Wilson (3, Throwing)
Los Angeles Angels
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Dan Haren (W,6-7) 6766132 4.53
LaTroy Hawkins (H,4) 1211000 1.17
Scott Downs (H,14) 0.2100010 0.35
Ernesto Frieri (S,10) 1.1200120 0.77
Pitches-Strikes - Dan Haren 91-61, LaTroy Hawkins 20-14, Scott Downs 13-8, Ernesto Frieri 31-24
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dan Haren 6-9, LaTroy Hawkins 3-0, Scott Downs 1-0, Ernesto Frieri 1-0
Batters Faced - Dan Haren 26, LaTroy Hawkins 5, Scott Downs 3, Ernesto Frieri 6
Toronto Blue Jays
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Brett Lawrie, 3B5021001 .292
Colby Rasmus, CF5110023 .262
Jose Bautista, RF-1B4113100 .237
Edwin Encarnacion, DH4210102 .285
Kelly Johnson, 2B4010001 .242
Yunel Escobar, SS4011010 .248
Rajai Davis, LF-RF3011011 .274
Adam Lind, 1B3000012 .190
   a- J.P. Arencibia, PH1000011 .222
    Ben Francisco, LF0000000 .250
Jeff Mathis, C4341000 .234
Totals37712726  
a-struck out for Lind in the 8th
Batting
2B - Kelly Johnson (6, Haren), Jeff Mathis (4, Hawkins)
HR - Jose Bautista (26, Haren), Jeff Mathis (4, Haren)
SF - Rajai Davis (1)
RBI - Brett Lawrie (30), Jose Bautista 3 (61), Yunel Escobar (23), Rajai Davis (20), Jeff Mathis (7)
SB - Colby Rasmus (4, 3rd base off Hawkins/Wilson), Rajai Davis (18, 2nd base off Frieri/Wilson)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
E - Brett Cecil (1, Throwing)
Toronto Blue Jays
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Brett Cecil (L,1-1) 5.11088263 6.06
Jason Frasor 0.2100010 3.94
Francisco Cordero 1100120 4.60
Darren Oliver 1000010 1.65
Casey Janssen 1211010 2.73
WP - Casey Janssen (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Brett Cecil 82-56, Jason Frasor 9-7, Francisco Cordero 21-11, Darren Oliver 11-8, Casey Janssen 21-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brett Cecil 4-6, Jason Frasor 1-0, Darren Oliver 1-1, Casey Janssen 2-0
Batters Faced - Brett Cecil 28, Jason Frasor 3, Francisco Cordero 4, Darren Oliver 3, Casey Janssen 5
Game Information
Attendance - 24668
Game Time - 3:16
Temperature - 73
Umpires - Home - Tom Hallion, First Base - Mike DiMuro, Second Base - Jim Reynolds, Third Base - James Hoye