Simmons belts grand slam to lead Angels past Blue Jays 5-4

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Andrelton Simmons did everything in bunches Saturday night.

Simmons hit a tiebreaking grand slam in the third inning, then started the Angels' fourth double play with a diving stop in the ninth to help Los Angeles beat the struggling Toronto Blue Jays 5-4.

''Double plays are great, but grand slams are cool, too, especially when you win,'' Simmons said.

After home runs by Kevin Pillar and Justin Smoak, the Blue Jays had the tying run on first with nobody out in the ninth when Devon Travis hit a grounder up the middle that Simmons sprawled out to stop. Simmons flipped the ball to second base with his glove to start the 6-4-3 double play.

''I saw it off the bat, and knew I was getting to it,'' Simmons said. ''Once it was in the glove, it was just practice.''

Simmons cleared the bases against Casey Lawrence (0-2) for his second career grand slam, helping the Angels snap a three-game losing streak and win for the second time in 11 games.

''Momentum was huge in the game, especially after the home run by Pillar,'' said Kole Calhoun, whose diving catch robbed Jose Bautista of extra bases an inning earlier. ''To make that catch, and then Simmons making that diving play when they had a guy on definitely put it back on our side.''

Tyler Skaggs (1-1) gave up a run in the first but settled down to hold the Blue Jays to five hits over the next six innings, getting the Blue Jays to hit into three double plays along the way. He was lifted after Ryan Goins doubled to lead off the eighth.

''He was fantastic,'' Calhoun said of Skaggs. ''He went out, made his pitches, got those double plays when he needed them. He threw the ball well, worked into the eighth inning, which was huge for us, especially after last night.''

Toronto is a majors' worst 4-13 and placed star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki on the 10-day disabled list prior to the game. Tulowitzki has a strained right hamstring.

''Obviously those were two great plays,'' Toronto manager John Gibbons said. ''Obviously Simmons is known for those kinds of double plays. But (Ryan) Goins made one just as good that bailed us out a few innings earlier.''

Bud Norris pitched the ninth for his first save.

Pillar extended his hitting streak to 10 games with a two-run homer off reliever Kirby Yates, one batter after Skaggs was lifted, making the score 5-3.

Smoak led off the ninth with a homer off Yates to pull the Blue Jays within 5-4.

Lawrence gave up five runs and eight hits in 6 1/3 innings.

Mike Trout had a pair of doubles, giving him 13 extra-base hits on the season, passing Boston's Mitch Moreland for the most extra-base hits in the American League this season.

Trout ripped a ground-rule double down the left-field line in the fifth inning and scored on Simmons' slam.

He also drove a fly ball off the left-field wall for an easy two-bagger with one out in the seventh.

Trout also scored the Angels' first run in the first inning. He reached on an error, took second on a single by Albert Pujols and scored on a single up the middle by C.J. Cron.

RELOADING RELIEVERS

Both teams reloaded their bullpens after they combined to use 15 pitchers in Friday night's 13-inning game. The Blue Jays called up RHP Yoenel Campos from Triple-A Buffalo, while the Angels called up RHPs Daniel Wright and Yates from Triple-A Salt Lake.

TRAINER'S ROOM

The eighth inning of Friday night's 5 1/2-hour game proved costly for both teams. Tulowitzki injured himself going from second to third on a wild pitch. Angels reliever Cam Bedrosian, who threw the wild pitch, was also placed on the disabled list Saturday with a groin injury.

SOLID AT SHORT

Goins shored up the Jays' defense at shortstop with Tulowitzki out. In the seventh inning, Pujols scorched a grounder into the hole that Goins stopped with a full dive, then he backhanded the ball to second to start a sensational double play.

UP NEXT

Blue Jays: RHP Marcus Stroman (1-2, 4.05) makes his fourth start of the season, and first since giving up six runs and 11 hits in 4 2/3 innings in a lost to Boston on Tuesday night.

Angels: Prior to Saturday's game, manager Mike Scioscia declined to offer his selection for Sunday's starting pitcher, telling reporters his decision was ''depending upon what happens tonight.''

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TOR4-13
1000000214101
LAA8-11
10400000X590
  • W: T. Skaggs (1-1)L: C. Lawrence (0-2)S: B. Norris (1)
  • HR: TOR - J. Smoak (3), K. Pillar (2), LAA - A. Simmons (3)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
K. Pillar CF41121000.319.338.478.8167.0
D. Barney 3B21100110.286.333.286.6192.5
a- C. Coghlan PH-3B10000000.200.357.200.5570.0
J. Bautista RF40000012.123.247.200.447-0.5
K. Morales DH40200010.254.324.418.7421.5
J. Smoak 1B31221101.269.309.558.8679.0
S. Pearce LF30100012.167.222.167.3890.5
b- E. Carrera PH10100000.263.263.368.6321.0
D. Travis 2B40100003.109.169.109.2791.0
J. Saltalamacchia C40000021.056.056.056.111-1.0
R. Goins SS31100001.250.333.375.7083.0
  • a-flied out for Barney in the 8th
  • b-singled for Pearce in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
Y. Escobar 3B40000002.280.341.360.7010.0
K. Calhoun RF31100111.224.325.313.6382.5
M. Trout CF42200001.343.420.6861.1056.0
A. Pujols DH30100102.208.260.319.5792.0
C. Cron 1B31110103.220.259.240.4994.0
A. Simmons SS41241012.288.356.439.7969.5
C. Maybin LF40100011.192.276.288.5642.5
D. Espinosa 2B40000011.194.247.358.605-0.5
J. Graterol C30100001.200.200.200.4001.0
    BATTING
    • 2B - R. Goins (2)
    • HR - K. Pillar (2), J. Smoak (3)
    • RBI - K. Pillar 2 (4), J. Smoak 2 (9)
    • 2-Out RBI - J. Smoak (3)
    BATTING
    • 2B - M. Trout 2 (7)
    • HR - A. Simmons (3)
    • RBI - C. Cron (2), A. Simmons 4 (7)
    • 2-Out RBI - C. Cron
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - C. Maybin (2)
    FIELDING
    • DP - R. Goins, J. Smoak, D. Travis
    • E - D. Barney (2)
    FIELDING
    • DP - C. Cron, Y. Escobar, A. Simmons, D. Espinosa
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    C. Lawrence (L, 0-2)6.18543417.561.740.0
    L. Campos1.21000000.000.602.0
    PITCHERSIP
    C. Lawrence (L, 0-2)6.1
    L. Campos1.2
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    T. Skaggs (W, 1-1)7.07222404.441.2922.0
    K. Yates1.022201218.002.00-0.5
    B. Norris (S, 1)1.01000103.721.009.5
    PITCHERSIP
    T. Skaggs (W, 1-1)7.0
    K. Yates1.0
    B. Norris (S, 1)1.0
    PITCHING
    • IBB - C. Lawrence (3)
    • Pitches-Strikes - C. Lawrence 97-63, L. Campos 12-8
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Lawrence 13-3, L. Campos 2-1
    • Batters Faced - C. Lawrence 31, L. Campos 4
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - T. Skaggs 100-63, K. Yates 16-12, B. Norris 6-5
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Skaggs 7-7, B. Norris 1-0
    • Batters Faced - T. Skaggs 27, K. Yates 5, B. Norris 3
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    TOR4-13
    1000000214101
    LAA8-11
    10400000X590
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    K. Pillar CF41121000.319.338.478.8167.0
    D. Barney 3B21100110.286.333.286.6192.5
    a- C. Coghlan PH-3B10000000.200.357.200.5570.0
    J. Bautista RF40000012.123.247.200.447-0.5
    K. Morales DH40200010.254.324.418.7421.5
    J. Smoak 1B31221101.269.309.558.8679.0
    S. Pearce LF30100012.167.222.167.3890.5
    b- E. Carrera PH10100000.263.263.368.6321.0
    D. Travis 2B40100003.109.169.109.2791.0
    J. Saltalamacchia C40000021.056.056.056.111-1.0
    R. Goins SS31100001.250.333.375.7083.0
    Total33410422610-----
    • a-flied out for Barney in the 8th
    • b-singled for Pearce in the 9th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    Y. Escobar 3B40000002.280.341.360.7010.0
    K. Calhoun RF31100111.224.325.313.6382.5
    M. Trout CF42200001.343.420.6861.1056.0
    A. Pujols DH30100102.208.260.319.5792.0
    C. Cron 1B31110103.220.259.240.4994.0
    A. Simmons SS41241012.288.356.439.7969.5
    C. Maybin LF40100011.192.276.288.5642.5
    D. Espinosa 2B40000011.194.247.358.605-0.5
    J. Graterol C30100001.200.200.200.4001.0
    Total3259513414-----
      BATTING
      • 2B - R. Goins (2)
      • HR - K. Pillar (2), J. Smoak (3)
      • RBI - K. Pillar 2 (4), J. Smoak 2 (9)
      • 2-Out RBI - J. Smoak (3)
      BATTING
      • 2B - M. Trout 2 (7)
      • HR - A. Simmons (3)
      • RBI - C. Cron (2), A. Simmons 4 (7)
      • 2-Out RBI - C. Cron
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - C. Maybin (2)
      FIELDING
      • DP - R. Goins, J. Smoak, D. Travis
      • E - D. Barney (2)
      FIELDING
      • DP - C. Cron, Y. Escobar, A. Simmons, D. Espinosa
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Lawrence (L, 0-2)6.18543417.561.740.0
      L. Campos1.21000000.000.602.0
      Total8.0954341---
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Lawrence (L, 0-2)6.1
      L. Campos1.2
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      T. Skaggs (W, 1-1)7.07222404.441.2922.0
      K. Yates1.022201218.002.00-0.5
      B. Norris (S, 1)1.01000103.721.009.5
      Total9.01044262---
      PITCHERSIP
      T. Skaggs (W, 1-1)7.0
      K. Yates1.0
      B. Norris (S, 1)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • IBB - C. Lawrence (3)
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Lawrence 97-63, L. Campos 12-8
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Lawrence 13-3, L. Campos 2-1
      • Batters Faced - C. Lawrence 31, L. Campos 4
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - T. Skaggs 100-63, K. Yates 16-12, B. Norris 6-5
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Skaggs 7-7, B. Norris 1-0
      • Batters Faced - T. Skaggs 27, K. Yates 5, B. Norris 3
      • 9TH INNING
        Smoak homered to right center45
      • 8TH INNING
        Pillar homered to left, Goins scored35
      • 3RD INNING
        Simmons homered to left center, Calhoun, Trout and Cron scored15
      • 1ST INNING
        Cron singled to center, Trout scored, Pujols to second11
        Smoak singled to center, Barney scored, Morales to second10
      • 9TH INNING
        • K. Yates Pitching:
        • J. Smoak: Strike looking, Ball, Smoak homered to right center
        • E. Carrera: Carrera singled to right center
        • D. Travis: Travis grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Carrera out at second
        • J. Saltalamacchia: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Saltalamacchia struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 9th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • T. Skaggs Pitching:
        • R. Goins: Strike looking, Goins doubled to deep right
        • K. Pillar: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Pillar homered to left, Goins scored
        • D. Barney: Strike looking, Barney flied out to deep center
        • J. Bautista: Strike looking, Bautista flied out to deep right
        • K. Morales: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Morales struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 8th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • L. Campos Pitching:
        • A. Simmons: Simmons singled to left
        • C. Maybin: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Maybin grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Simmons out at second
        • D. Espinosa: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Espinosa flied out to left
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • T. Skaggs Pitching:
        • S. Pearce: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Pearce grounded out to second
        • D. Travis: Strike looking, Ball, Travis grounded out to third
        • J. Saltalamacchia: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Saltalamacchia popped out to second
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Lawrence Pitching:
        • Y. Escobar: Foul, Ball, Escobar grounded out to third
        • K. Calhoun: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Calhoun singled to right
        • M. Trout: Trout doubled to deep left, Calhoun to third
        • A. Pujols: Pujols intentionally walked
        • C. Cron: Ball, Strike looking, Cron grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Pujols out at second
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • T. Skaggs Pitching:
        • D. Barney: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Barney singled to left center
        • J. Bautista: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Bautista grounded into double play second to third to first, Barney out at second
        • K. Morales: Ball, Strike looking, Morales singled to left
        • J. Smoak: Smoak flied out to deep center
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Lawrence Pitching:
        • C. Maybin: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Maybin struck out swinging
        • D. Espinosa: Strike looking, Espinosa grounded out to first
        • J. Graterol: Graterol grounded out to third
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • T. Skaggs Pitching:
        • J. Saltalamacchia: Ball, Saltalamacchia flied out to deep center
        • R. Goins: Ball, Ball, Goins flied out to left
        • K. Pillar: Ball, Ball, Pillar grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Lawrence Pitching:
        • A. Pujols: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Pujols flied out to shallow right
        • C. Cron: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Cron grounded out to third
        • A. Simmons: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul tip, Simmons struck out on foul tip
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • T. Skaggs Pitching:
        • K. Morales: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Morales grounded out to shortstop
        • J. Smoak: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Smoak walked
        • S. Pearce: Pearce singled to left, Smoak to second
        • D. Travis: Ball, Travis grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Pearce out at second
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • C. Lawrence Pitching:
        • J. Graterol: Graterol singled to center
        • Y. Escobar: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Escobar reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Graterol out at second
        • K. Calhoun: Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Calhoun reached on fielder's choice to second, Escobar out at second
        • M. Trout: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Trout lined out to left
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • T. Skaggs Pitching:
        • K. Pillar: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Pillar popped out to second
        • D. Barney: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Barney struck out looking
        • J. Bautista: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Bautista flied out to left
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Lawrence Pitching:
        • K. Calhoun: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Calhoun walked
        • M. Trout: Trout doubled to deep left, Calhoun to third
        • A. Pujols: Foul, Ball, Pujols popped out to second
        • C. Cron: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Cron walked
        • A. Simmons: Simmons homered to left center, Calhoun, Trout and Cron scored
        • C. Maybin: Maybin grounded out to shortstop
        • D. Espinosa: Espinosa grounded out to second
        • End of the 3rd (4 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • T. Skaggs Pitching:
        • D. Travis: Ball, Travis singled to right
        • J. Saltalamacchia: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Saltalamacchia struck out swinging
        • R. Goins: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Goins grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Travis out at second
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • C. Lawrence Pitching:
        • C. Maybin: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Maybin singled to left center
        • D. Espinosa: Ball, Maybin stole second, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Espinosa struck out swinging
        • J. Graterol: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Graterol grounded out to shortstop, Maybin to third
        • Y. Escobar: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Escobar grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • T. Skaggs Pitching:
        • K. Pillar: Pillar popped bunt out to first
        • D. Barney: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Barney walked
        • J. Bautista: Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Bautista struck out swinging
        • K. Morales: Strike looking, Ball, Morales singled to right center, Barney to third
        • J. Smoak: Foul, Foul, Smoak singled to center, Barney scored, Morales to second
        • S. Pearce: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Pearce struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Lawrence Pitching:
        • Y. Escobar: Escobar grounded out to second
        • K. Calhoun: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Calhoun struck out looking
        • M. Trout: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Trout safe at first on 2nd baseman Barney fielding error
        • A. Pujols: Strike looking, Foul, Pujols singled to left, Trout to second
        • C. Cron: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Cron singled to center, Trout scored, Pujols to second
        • A. Simmons: Strike looking, Simmons grounded out to third
        • End of the 1st (1 Run, 2 Hits, 1 Error)