Morales, Happ lead Blue Jays over Angels 5-3, stop skid at 4

TORONTO (AP) With the Los Angeles Angels in town, Toronto's Kendrys Morales emulated Shoehei Otani: He followed a pitching performance with a big home run.

Morales hit a two-run homer, J.A. Happ won his second straight start and the Toronto Blue Jays burst to a five-run first-inning lead in a 5-3 win Tuesday night that stopped a four-game losing streak.

''It was great to bounce back after a tough series against the A's,'' Happ said, referring to a four-game weekend sweep against Oakland.

Josh Donaldson had two doubles and Teoscar Hernandez singled home the first run as the Blue Jays ended a six-game home skid and won for the fourth time in 16 games at Rogers Centre.

Morales made his big league pitching debut with a scoreless ninth inning of Sunday's 9-2 loss, walking one batter and getting all three outs on fly balls.

He shook off some mild soreness in his arm to start at designated hitter on Tuesday and went 2 for 3 for his first consecutive multi-hit games this season. The home run was his first since May 1 at Minnesota, and he raised his average from .152 to .178.

''Hopefully tonight is the start of something good for him,'' manager John Gibbons said.

Still, Morales made it clear he can't compare to Otani as a two-way player.

''He's from another world,'' Morales said through a translator. ''I don't think you can compare anyone to him. What he does is something amazing.''

Los Angeles has lost six of seven and eight of 11.

''It was obvious, we were just a little flat tonight,'' right-hander Garrett Richards said.

The Angels have scored three runs or fewer in nine of their past 10 games.

''On the offensive side, we just didn't pressure these guys enough,'' manager Mike Scioscia said.

Angels outfielder Chris Young misplayed Russell Martin's first-inning line drive, allowing two runs to score and ending the longest active errorless streak in the major leagues at 236 games. Morales followed with his fourth home run this season.

''It was right in the lights,'' Scioscia said. ''Chris would have caught it if it wasn't in the lights. It just went right into the lights and never really came out. It's a tough break.''

Happ (5-2) allowed two runs and three hits in seven innings, improving to 2-6 in eight starts against the Angels. Ryan Tepera pitched the eighth and Tyler Clippard got three straight outs for his second save in three chances, finishing a four-hitter.

Richards (4-3) gave up five runs, but just one earned, and six hits in five innings. Richards has given up one earned run in his past two outings.

''Garret is still searching for that consistency,'' Scioscia said. ''He had to work really hard to get through five innings.''

Richards indicated displeasure with umpire Mike DiMuro's strike zone.

''I made some good pitches that I didn't get rewarded for,'' Richards said.

HOMERING AT HOME

Morales hit his first home run at Rogers Centre since last Aug. 26 after nine straight on the road.

MAKING THE CUT

The Angels promoted 3B Tyler Ward from Double-A to Triple-A but Ward cut his finger while packing and wound up on the disabled list at Double-A. Wood is expected to be promoted as soon as he returns.

ON TAP FOR OTANI

Otani's next scheduled start is Sunday at Yankee Stadium, where he will pitch against RHP Masahiro Tanaka.

GOING DEEP

Ohtani homered into the fifth deck at Rogers Centre during batting practice Tuesday.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Angels: RHP Blake Wood had an MRI that revealed elbow ligament damage. Wood, who will seek a second opinion, had been on a rehab assignment with Class A Inland Empire, allowing two runs in 2 1/3 innings over three appearances, the last on May 19. Wood had elbow surgery in 2012. ... Los Angeles released INF Ryan Schimpf.

Blue Jays: Toronto recalled 2B Devon Travis from Triple-A Buffalo. He takes the spot of SS Richard Urena, who was optioned to Buffalo. ... LHP Jaime Garcia and RHP Marcus Stroman, both sidelined by shoulder injuries, have started throwing programs at Toronto's spring training facility in Dunedin, Florida. ... OF Randal Grichuk (right knee) started at DH and went 0 for 2 with two strikeouts in his first rehab game at Class A Dunedin.

UP NEXT

LHP Tyler Skaggs (3-3 2.88), who starts Wednesday, has allowed two runs or fewer in eight of his nine starts, including the past five. Toronto RHP Aaron Sanchez (2-4, 4.47) has won just once in his past six starts.

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  • W: J. Happ (6-3)L: G. Richards (4-3)S: T. Clippard (2)
  • HR: TOR - K. Morales (4)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
I. Kinsler 2B30010011.197.275.288.5630.5
M. Trout CF31000110.289.436.6201.0571.5
J. Upton LF41100010.250.311.462.7731.5
A. Pujols 1B40110000.247.282.399.6812.0
S. Ohtani DH30000112.310.362.598.9590.5
A. Simmons SS20010102.325.397.462.8582.0
Z. Cozart 3B30000002.223.298.404.7010.0
M. Maldonado C31100020.250.322.370.6932.0
C. Young RF20100000.154.241.308.5491.0
a- K. Calhoun PH-RF10000001.160.197.201.3990.0
  • a-grounded out for Young in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
C. Granderson LF40000002.245.403.422.8250.0
J. Donaldson 3B41200010.224.316.431.7474.5
J. Smoak 1B21100211.255.377.439.8163.5
T. Hernandez RF41110003.255.309.518.8273.0
K. Pillar CF40000004.287.325.475.8000.0
R. Martin C21000110.150.289.327.6161.5
K. Morales DH31221010.178.258.318.5767.5
G. Urshela SS30000012.188.188.375.563-0.5
D. Travis 2B30000022.141.203.234.437-1.0
    BATTING
    • 2B - M. Maldonado (7)
    • SF - I. Kinsler (2)
    • RBI - I. Kinsler (6), A. Pujols (22), A. Simmons (26)
    BATTING
    • 2B - J. Donaldson 2 (9)
    • HR - K. Morales (4)
    • RBI - T. Hernandez (19), K. Morales 2 (13)
    • 2-Out RBI - K. Morales 2 (5)
    FIELDING
    • DP - 2 (Cozart-Kinsler-Pujols; Kinsler-Simmons-Pujols)
    • E - C. Young
    FIELDING
    • DP - 2 (Donaldson-Travis-Smoak; Donaldson-Travis-Smoak)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    G. Richards (L, 4-3)5.06512413.311.263.0
    N. Ramirez2.00000303.581.377.5
    C. Bedrosian1.00001003.981.672.0
    PITCHERSIP
    G. Richards (L, 4-3)5.0
    N. Ramirez2.0
    C. Bedrosian1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    J. Happ (W, 6-3)7.03223503.971.1025.5
    R. Tepera (H, 8)1.01110003.181.151.0
    T. Clippard (S, 2)1.00000101.821.0510.5
    PITCHERSIP
    J. Happ (W, 6-3)7.0
    R. Tepera (H, 8)1.0
    T. Clippard (S, 2)1.0
    PITCHING
    • WP - G. Richards 2 (11)
    • Pitches-Strikes - G. Richards 92-58, N. Ramirez 25-17, C. Bedrosian 11-5
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - G. Richards 4-7, N. Ramirez 1-2, C. Bedrosian 1-1
    • Batters Faced - G. Richards 23, N. Ramirez 6, C. Bedrosian 3
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - J. Happ 99-60, R. Tepera 12-8, T. Clippard 10-7
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Happ 6-8, R. Tepera 1-2
    • Batters Faced - J. Happ 25, R. Tepera 4, T. Clippard 3
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    I. Kinsler 2B30010011.197.275.288.5630.5
    M. Trout CF31000110.289.436.6201.0571.5
    J. Upton LF41100010.250.311.462.7731.5
    A. Pujols 1B40110000.247.282.399.6812.0
    S. Ohtani DH30000112.310.362.598.9590.5
    A. Simmons SS20010102.325.397.462.8582.0
    Z. Cozart 3B30000002.223.298.404.7010.0
    M. Maldonado C31100020.250.322.370.6932.0
    C. Young RF20100000.154.241.308.5491.0
    a- K. Calhoun PH-RF10000001.160.197.201.3990.0
    Total283430368-----
    • a-grounded out for Young in the 8th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    C. Granderson LF40000002.245.403.422.8250.0
    J. Donaldson 3B41200010.224.316.431.7474.5
    J. Smoak 1B21100211.255.377.439.8163.5
    T. Hernandez RF41110003.255.309.518.8273.0
    K. Pillar CF40000004.287.325.475.8000.0
    R. Martin C21000110.150.289.327.6161.5
    K. Morales DH31221010.178.258.318.5767.5
    G. Urshela SS30000012.188.188.375.563-0.5
    D. Travis 2B30000022.141.203.234.437-1.0
    Total2956313714-----
      BATTING
      • 2B - M. Maldonado (7)
      • SF - I. Kinsler (2)
      • RBI - I. Kinsler (6), A. Pujols (22), A. Simmons (26)
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Donaldson 2 (9)
      • HR - K. Morales (4)
      • RBI - T. Hernandez (19), K. Morales 2 (13)
      • 2-Out RBI - K. Morales 2 (5)
      FIELDING
      • DP - 2 (Cozart-Kinsler-Pujols; Kinsler-Simmons-Pujols)
      • E - C. Young
      FIELDING
      • DP - 2 (Donaldson-Travis-Smoak; Donaldson-Travis-Smoak)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      G. Richards (L, 4-3)5.06512413.311.263.0
      N. Ramirez2.00000303.581.377.5
      C. Bedrosian1.00001003.981.672.0
      Total8.0651371---
      PITCHERSIP
      G. Richards (L, 4-3)5.0
      N. Ramirez2.0
      C. Bedrosian1.0
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Happ (W, 6-3)7.03223503.971.1025.5
      R. Tepera (H, 8)1.01110003.181.151.0
      T. Clippard (S, 2)1.00000101.821.0510.5
      Total9.0433360---
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Happ (W, 6-3)7.0
      R. Tepera (H, 8)1.0
      T. Clippard (S, 2)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - G. Richards 2 (11)
      • Pitches-Strikes - G. Richards 92-58, N. Ramirez 25-17, C. Bedrosian 11-5
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - G. Richards 4-7, N. Ramirez 1-2, C. Bedrosian 1-1
      • Batters Faced - G. Richards 23, N. Ramirez 6, C. Bedrosian 3
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Happ 99-60, R. Tepera 12-8, T. Clippard 10-7
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Happ 6-8, R. Tepera 1-2
      • Batters Faced - J. Happ 25, R. Tepera 4, T. Clippard 3
      • 8TH INNING
        Kinsler hit sacrifice fly to right, Maldonado scored35
      • 4TH INNING
        Simmons grounded out to third, Upton scored, Ohtani to second25
        Pujols singled to left center, Trout scored, Upton to second15
      • 1ST INNING
        Morales homered to right, Martin scored05
        Martin safe at first on left fielder Young fielding error, Smoak and Hernandez scored, Martin to second03
        Hernandez singled to center, Donaldson scored, Smoak to second01
      • 9TH INNING
        • Tyler Clippard relieved Ryan Tepera
        • J. Upton: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Upton struck out swinging
        • A. Pujols: Strike looking, Pujols flied out to deep center
        • S. Ohtani: Strike looking, Ball, Ohtani popped out to first
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Ryan Tepera relieved J.A. Happ
        • M. Maldonado: Strike swinging, Ball, Maldonado doubled to deep left
        • Kole Calhoun hit for Chris Young
        • K. Calhoun: Calhoun grounded out to first, Maldonado to third
        • I. Kinsler: Strike looking, Kinsler hit sacrifice fly to right, Maldonado scored
        • M. Trout: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Trout flied out to left
        • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Cam Bedrosian relieved Noe Ramirez
        • J. Smoak: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Smoak walked
        • T. Hernandez: Ball, Hernandez grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Smoak out at second
        • K. Pillar: Ball, Strike looking, Pillar flied out to deep right
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • J. Happ Pitching:
        • S. Ohtani: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ohtani struck out swinging
        • A. Simmons: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Simmons walked
        • Z. Cozart: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Cozart grounded into double play third to second to first, Simmons out at second
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • N. Ramirez Pitching:
        • D. Travis: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Travis grounded out to shortstop
        • C. Granderson: Ball, Granderson lined out to first
        • J. Donaldson: Strike looking, Ball, Donaldson lined out to left
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • J. Happ Pitching:
        • M. Trout: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Trout struck out swinging
        • J. Upton: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Upton grounded out to second
        • A. Pujols: Ball, Pujols flied out to right
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Noe Ramirez relieved Garrett Richards
        • R. Martin: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Martin struck out swinging
        • K. Morales: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Morales struck out swinging
        • G. Urshela: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Urshela struck out swinging
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • J. Happ Pitching:
        • M. Maldonado: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Maldonado struck out swinging
        • C. Young: Ball, Strike looking, Young flied out to center
        • I. Kinsler: Strike looking, Kinsler flied out to center
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • G. Richards Pitching:
        • J. Donaldson: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Donaldson doubled to deep right center
        • J. Smoak: Ball, Donaldson to third on wild pitch, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Smoak struck out swinging
        • T. Hernandez: Hernandez flied out to center
        • K. Pillar: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Pillar grounded out to third
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • J. Happ Pitching:
        • M. Trout: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Trout walked
        • J. Upton: Upton singled to right, Trout to third
        • A. Pujols: Ball, Ball, Foul, Pujols singled to left center, Trout scored, Upton to second
        • S. Ohtani: Strike looking, Ohtani reached on fielder's choice to third, Upton to third, Pujols out at second
        • A. Simmons: Simmons grounded out to third, Upton scored, Ohtani to second
        • Z. Cozart: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Cozart lined out to left
        • Middle of the 4th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • G. Richards Pitching:
        • R. Martin: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Martin walked
        • K. Morales: Ball, Morales singled to right, Martin to third
        • G. Urshela: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Urshela reached on fielder's choice to third, Martin out at home, Morales to second
        • D. Travis: Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Strike looking, Travis struck out looking
        • C. Granderson: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Granderson flied out to left
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • J. Happ Pitching:
        • Z. Cozart: Strike looking, Cozart fouled out to first
        • M. Maldonado: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Maldonado struck out looking
        • C. Young: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Young singled to left
        • I. Kinsler: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Kinsler lined out to left
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • G. Richards Pitching:
        • J. Smoak: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Smoak singled to right center
        • T. Hernandez: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Hernandez popped out to second
        • K. Pillar: Strike looking, Pillar grounded into double play third to second to first, Smoak out at second
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • J. Happ Pitching:
        • A. Pujols: Strike looking, Pujols grounded out to first
        • S. Ohtani: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ohtani walked
        • A. Simmons: Simmons grounded into double play third to second to first, Ohtani out at second
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • G. Richards Pitching:
        • D. Travis: Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Travis struck out swinging
        • C. Granderson: Strike looking, Ball, Granderson flied out to center
        • J. Donaldson: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Donaldson struck out swinging
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • J. Happ Pitching:
        • I. Kinsler: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Kinsler struck out swinging
        • M. Trout: Trout flied out to center
        • J. Upton: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Upton lined out to center
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • G. Richards Pitching:
        • C. Granderson: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Granderson grounded out to second
        • J. Donaldson: Donaldson doubled to deep right center
        • J. Smoak: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Donaldson to third on wild pitch, Ball, Smoak walked
        • T. Hernandez: Strike looking, Hernandez singled to center, Donaldson scored, Smoak to second
        • K. Pillar: Strike looking, Foul, Pillar lined out to third
        • R. Martin: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Martin safe at first on left fielder Young fielding error, Smoak and Hernandez scored, Martin to second
        • K. Morales: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Morales homered to right, Martin scored
        • G. Urshela: Ball, Strike looking, Urshela fouled out to right
        • End of the 1st (5 Runs, 3 Hits, 1 Error)