Bridwell pitches 7 1/3 sharp innings as Angels beat Jays 7-2

TORONTO (AP) The anxiety of being in the majors is wearing off, and Parker Bridwell says he's starting to feel comfortable on a big league mound.

The results sure back him up.

Bridwell pitched a career-high 7 1/3 innings to win his third straight decision, C.J. Cron hit a two-run homer and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Toronto Blue Jays 7-2 on Friday night.

''I'm just having a good time,'' Bridwell said after allowing two runs or fewer for the sixth time in eight career outings. ''Every start, my objective is just to keep the team in the game. Once you do that, you have a better chance of winning.''

Angels manager Mike Scioscia praised Bridwell for sticking with his strengths.

''Pretty much every time out he's pitching his game and letting other hitters try to adjust to him,'' Scioscia said. ''He's using all of his stuff and keeping them off balance. He did a good job tonight, obviously.''

Kaleb Cowart, who had three hits, said he's happy to see his former minor league teammate Bridwell, find success.

''I played behind him a few times in Triple-A,'' Cowart said. ''He's got electric stuff and works quick. He's the kind of guy you want on the mound.''

After being swept in a three-game series at Cleveland and falling a season-worst five games below .500, the Angels snapped their slump by winning for the 12th time in 16 games in Toronto.

Mike Trout had two RBIs and Yunel Escobar had two doubles and an RBI for the Angels.

Cron connected off Chris Smith in the ninth, his fifth.

Toronto's Justin Smoak hit a solo homer off Cam Bedrosian in the ninth, his 29th. The Blue Jays came in after sweeping a four-game series against Oakland, but couldn't maintain their hot streak.

Bridwell (5-1) allowed one run and three hits. He retired the first 11 batters in order before Josh Donaldson's two-out walk in the fourth. Smoak followed with a single, putting runners at the corners, but Kendrys Morales flied out.

Darwin Barney hit a leadoff double in the eighth and Bridwell left after getting Kevin Pillar to pop out. David Hernandez came on and retired Ryan Goins before Jose Bautista hit an RBI single.

Toronto shortstop Troy Tulowitzki sprained his right ankle trying to beat out an infield grounder in the third. Tulowitzki stepped on Cron's foot as he hit the bag, sending the Blue Jays infielder stumbling in pain. Tulowitzki was visibly wincing as he hobbled off the field supported two team trainers.

''We'll have a better idea tomorrow,'' manager John Gibbons said.

Left-hander J.A. Happ (3-8) allowed three runs in six innings and is 0-4 with a 6.00 ERA over his past four starts.

For the second straight game, the Blue Jays had a verbal exchange with the home plate umpire. Happ stepped off the mound yelling into his glove after issuing a bases-loaded walk to Trout in the second, causing umpire Angel Hernandez to take off his mask and step out from behind the plate, gesturing at Happ to return to the mound. Manager John Gibbons came out to speak with Hernandez.

Happ paused to speak with Hernandez near home plate after striking out Albert Pujols to end the inning.

''I thought there was a little difference between the first and second inning with the strike zone,'' Happ said. ''I was trying to get a grasp on that from him.''

On Thursday, pitcher Marcus Stroman, catcher Russell Martin and Gibbons were ejected for arguing with umpire Will Little. Stroman had to be restrained after charging at Little following the ejection.

ATTENDANCE MILESTONE

With a crowd of 38, 828, Toronto surpassed the 2 million mark in season attendance. The Blue Jays are the first AL team to reach the plateau.

ROAD WARRIOR

Bridwell is 3-0 with a 1.80 ERA in four road starts.

GOING DARK

The Blue Jays are 27-38 in night games.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Angels: RHP Troy Scribner joined the team in Toronto on Friday and is expected to be added to the roster Saturday. Scribner was 10-3 with a 4.16 ERA at Triple-A Salt Lake City.

Blue Jays: Triple-A INF Rob Refsnyder was replaced in the seventh inning of Friday's game against Louisville. Refsnyder could join the Blue Jays if Tulowitzki lands on the DL.

UP NEXT

Angels: RHP Yusmeiro Petit (2-0, 2.70 ERA) will come out of the bullpen to make his first start of the season. Petit's previous win as a starter came with San Francisco against Arizona on Sept. 9, 2014.

Blue Jays: LHP Francisco Liriano (6-5, 5.99 ERA) allowed two runs in five innings to beat Oakland on Monday and has won two of his past four.

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Blue JaysTOR48-55
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  • W: P. Bridwell (5-1)L: J. Happ (3-8)
  • HR: LAA - C. Cron (5), TOR - J. Smoak (29)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
Y. Escobar 3B40210102.273.331.393.7236.0
M. Trout CF40120112.325.446.6891.1353.5
A. Pujols DH51000027.230.276.369.6450.0
C. Cron 1B51121021.233.285.370.6556.0
A. Simmons SS51200000.301.352.461.8128.0
K. Calhoun RF50110001.232.312.369.6822.0
M. Maldonado C32100101.244.308.409.7174.0
S. Robinson LF31000112.105.190.105.2961.5
K. Cowart 2B41310000.471.526.6471.1736.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    J. Bautista RF40110020.221.331.395.7262.0
    R. Martin C40200000.222.356.377.7332.0
    J. Donaldson 3B30000113.239.364.431.7950.5
    J. Smoak 1B41211000.299.378.595.9747.0
    K. Morales DH40000012.254.311.462.773-0.5
    S. Pearce LF40000000.262.314.444.7580.0
    T. Tulowitzki SS10000000.249.300.378.6780.0
    D. Barney 2B31100000.219.274.278.5523.0
    K. Pillar CF30000001.242.291.394.6860.0
    R. Goins SS30000001.204.259.322.5810.0
      BATTING
      • 2B - Y. Escobar 2 (19), A. Simmons (24), K. Cowart (3)
      • 3B - A. Simmons (2)
      • HR - C. Cron (5)
      • RBI - Y. Escobar (28), M. Trout 2 (44), C. Cron 2 (21), K. Calhoun (45), K. Cowart (3)
      • 2-Out RBI - M. Trout 2 (17), C. Cron 2 (6), K. Cowart (2)
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Bautista (18), D. Barney (5)
      • HR - J. Smoak (29)
      • RBI - J. Bautista (45), J. Smoak (69)
      • 2-Out RBI - J. Bautista (10)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - A. Simmons (14)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      P. Bridwell (W, 5-1)7.13111402.831.1928.0
      D. Hernandez0.22000002.291.05-2.0
      C. Bedrosian1.01110014.871.181.0
      PITCHERSIP
      P. Bridwell (W, 5-1)7.1
      D. Hernandez0.2
      C. Bedrosian1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Happ (L, 3-8)6.05334504.151.336.5
      D. Leone1.11110102.681.061.5
      M. Dermody0.010000067.509.00-1.0
      C. Smith1.24330015.401.60-4.0
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Happ (L, 3-8)6.0
      D. Leone1.1
      M. Dermody0.0
      C. Smith1.2
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - P. Bridwell 95-61, D. Hernandez 13-8, C. Bedrosian 12-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - P. Bridwell 6-12, D. Hernandez 2-0, C. Bedrosian 2-1
      • Batters Faced - P. Bridwell 26, D. Hernandez 4, C. Bedrosian 4
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Happ 97-59, D. Leone 22-13, M. Dermody 4-3, C. Smith 26-18
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Happ 5-8, D. Leone 2-1, C. Smith 3-2
      • Batters Faced - J. Happ 27, D. Leone 5, M. Dermody, C. Smith 9
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      AngelsLAA50-54
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      Blue JaysTOR48-55
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      Y. Escobar 3B40210102.273.331.393.7236.0
      M. Trout CF40120112.325.446.6891.1353.5
      A. Pujols DH51000027.230.276.369.6450.0
      C. Cron 1B51121021.233.285.370.6556.0
      A. Simmons SS51200000.301.352.461.8128.0
      K. Calhoun RF50110001.232.312.369.6822.0
      M. Maldonado C32100101.244.308.409.7174.0
      S. Robinson LF31000112.105.190.105.2961.5
      K. Cowart 2B41310000.471.526.6471.1736.0
      Total38711714616-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        J. Bautista RF40110020.221.331.395.7262.0
        R. Martin C40200000.222.356.377.7332.0
        J. Donaldson 3B30000113.239.364.431.7950.5
        J. Smoak 1B41211000.299.378.595.9747.0
        K. Morales DH40000012.254.311.462.773-0.5
        S. Pearce LF40000000.262.314.444.7580.0
        T. Tulowitzki SS10000000.249.300.378.6780.0
        D. Barney 2B31100000.219.274.278.5523.0
        K. Pillar CF30000001.242.291.394.6860.0
        R. Goins SS30000001.204.259.322.5810.0
        Total332621147-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - Y. Escobar 2 (19), A. Simmons (24), K. Cowart (3)
          • 3B - A. Simmons (2)
          • HR - C. Cron (5)
          • RBI - Y. Escobar (28), M. Trout 2 (44), C. Cron 2 (21), K. Calhoun (45), K. Cowart (3)
          • 2-Out RBI - M. Trout 2 (17), C. Cron 2 (6), K. Cowart (2)
          BATTING
          • 2B - J. Bautista (18), D. Barney (5)
          • HR - J. Smoak (29)
          • RBI - J. Bautista (45), J. Smoak (69)
          • 2-Out RBI - J. Bautista (10)
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - A. Simmons (14)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          P. Bridwell (W, 5-1)7.13111402.831.1928.0
          D. Hernandez0.22000002.291.05-2.0
          C. Bedrosian1.01110014.871.181.0
          Total9.0622141---
          PITCHERSIP
          P. Bridwell (W, 5-1)7.1
          D. Hernandez0.2
          C. Bedrosian1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          J. Happ (L, 3-8)6.05334504.151.336.5
          D. Leone1.11110102.681.061.5
          M. Dermody0.010000067.509.00-1.0
          C. Smith1.24330015.401.60-4.0
          Total9.01177461---
          PITCHERSIP
          J. Happ (L, 3-8)6.0
          D. Leone1.1
          M. Dermody0.0
          C. Smith1.2
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - P. Bridwell 95-61, D. Hernandez 13-8, C. Bedrosian 12-9
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - P. Bridwell 6-12, D. Hernandez 2-0, C. Bedrosian 2-1
          • Batters Faced - P. Bridwell 26, D. Hernandez 4, C. Bedrosian 4
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - J. Happ 97-59, D. Leone 22-13, M. Dermody 4-3, C. Smith 26-18
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Happ 5-8, D. Leone 2-1, C. Smith 3-2
          • Batters Faced - J. Happ 27, D. Leone 5, M. Dermody, C. Smith 9
          • 9TH INNING
            Smoak homered to right72
            Cron homered to left center, Pujols scored71
            Escobar doubled to left, Cowart scored51
          • 8TH INNING
            Bautista doubled to left, Barney scored41
            Calhoun singled to center, Simmons scored40
          • 4TH INNING
            Trout singled to left, Maldonado scored, Cowart to third30
          • 2ND INNING
            Trout walked, Robinson scored, Cowart to third, Escobar to second20
            Cowart singled to left, Maldonado scored, Robinson to second10
          • 9TH INNING
            • C. Smith Pitching:
            • K. Cowart: Ball, Ball, Foul, Cowart doubled to deep right center
            • Y. Escobar: Escobar doubled to left, Cowart scored
            • M. Trout: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Trout flied out to deep center, Escobar to third
            • A. Pujols: Ball, Pujols reached on fielder's choice to third, Escobar out at home
            • C. Cron: Cron homered to left center, Pujols scored
            • A. Simmons: Strike looking, Simmons tripled to deep right
            • K. Calhoun: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Calhoun flied out to left
            • Middle of the 9th (3 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Cam Bedrosian relieved David Hernandez
            • J. Smoak: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Smoak homered to right
            • K. Morales: Morales grounded out to second
            • S. Pearce: Pearce flied out to right
            • D. Barney: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Barney grounded out to third
            • End of the 9th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • D. Leone Pitching:
            • C. Cron: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Cron struck out swinging
            • A. Simmons: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Simmons doubled to right
            • Matt Dermody relieved Dominic Leone
            • K. Calhoun: Strike looking, Ball, Simmons stole third, Strike swinging, Calhoun singled to center, Simmons scored
            • Chris Smith relieved Matt Dermody
            • M. Maldonado: Strike looking, Maldonado grounded out to pitcher, Calhoun to second
            • S. Robinson: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Robinson grounded out to pitcher
            • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • P. Bridwell Pitching:
            • D. Barney: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Barney doubled to left
            • K. Pillar: Ball, Pillar popped out to shortstop
            • David Hernandez relieved Parker Bridwell
            • R. Goins: Strike looking, Goins grounded out to first, Barney to third
            • J. Bautista: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Bautista doubled to left, Barney scored
            • R. Martin: Martin singled to right, Bautista to third
            • J. Donaldson: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Donaldson reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Martin out at second
            • End of the 8th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • Dominic Leone relieved J.A. Happ
            • Y. Escobar: Strike (foul tip), Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Escobar grounded out to second
            • M. Trout: Strike looking, Ball, Trout grounded out to shortstop
            • A. Pujols: Ball, Strike looking, Pujols popped out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • P. Bridwell Pitching:
            • J. Smoak: Strike looking, Smoak lined out to right
            • K. Morales: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Morales struck out swinging
            • S. Pearce: Strike looking, Ball, Pearce lined out to right
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • J. Happ Pitching:
            • M. Maldonado: Maldonado flied out to right
            • S. Robinson: Strike swinging, Foul, Robinson grounded out to second
            • K. Cowart: Ball, Cowart grounded out to pitcher
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • P. Bridwell Pitching:
            • R. Goins: Ball, Goins flied out to center
            • J. Bautista: Strike (foul tip), Bautista grounded out to shortstop
            • R. Martin: Martin singled to right
            • J. Donaldson: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Donaldson struck out looking
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • J. Happ Pitching:
            • C. Cron: Cron lined out to center
            • A. Simmons: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Simmons flied out to right
            • K. Calhoun: Ball, Foul, Ball, Calhoun grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • P. Bridwell Pitching:
            • S. Pearce: Pearce fouled out to right
            • D. Barney: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Barney lined out to center
            • K. Pillar: Pillar flied out to center
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • Darwin Barney at second
            • M. Maldonado: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Maldonado walked
            • S. Robinson: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Robinson struck out looking
            • K. Cowart: Ball, Cowart reached on an infield single to shortstop, Maldonado to second
            • Y. Escobar: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Escobar flied out to right
            • M. Trout: Trout singled to left, Maldonado scored, Cowart to third
            • A. Pujols: Ball, Pujols lined out to center
            • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • P. Bridwell Pitching:
            • J. Bautista: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Bautista struck out swinging
            • R. Martin: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Martin grounded out to shortstop
            • J. Donaldson: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Donaldson walked
            • J. Smoak: Ball, Ball, Smoak singled to deep right, Donaldson to third
            • K. Morales: Ball, Ball, Morales flied out to right
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • J. Happ Pitching:
            • C. Cron: Ball, Cron flied out to right
            • A. Simmons: Simmons grounded out to third
            • K. Calhoun: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Calhoun grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • P. Bridwell Pitching:
            • T. Tulowitzki: Tulowitzki grounded out to second
            • K. Pillar: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Pillar flied out to left
            • R. Goins: Foul, Strike swinging, Goins grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • J. Happ Pitching:
            • A. Simmons: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Simmons flied out to right
            • K. Calhoun: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Calhoun flied out to deep center
            • M. Maldonado: Ball, Strike looking, Maldonado singled to right
            • S. Robinson: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Robinson walked, Maldonado to second
            • K. Cowart: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Cowart singled to left, Maldonado scored, Robinson to second
            • Y. Escobar: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Escobar walked, Robinson to third, Cowart to second
            • M. Trout: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Trout walked, Robinson scored, Cowart to third, Escobar to second
            • A. Pujols: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Pujols struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 2nd (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • P. Bridwell Pitching:
            • J. Smoak: Strike looking, Ball, Smoak grounded out to second
            • K. Morales: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Morales flied out to deep left
            • S. Pearce: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Pearce fouled out to first
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • J. Happ Pitching:
            • Y. Escobar: Strike looking, Escobar doubled to deep right
            • M. Trout: Foul, Strike looking, Strike looking, Trout struck out looking
            • A. Pujols: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Pujols struck out swinging
            • C. Cron: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Cron struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • P. Bridwell Pitching:
            • J. Bautista: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Bautista struck out swinging
            • R. Martin: Ball, Martin grounded out to third
            • J. Donaldson: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Donaldson fouled out to catcher
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)