TORONTO — Kendry Morales homered,
Jered Weaver continued his mastery over Toronto with seven strong
innings and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Blue Jays 7-5 on Friday
Vernon Wells, Randy Ruiz and Adam Lind
homered for Toronto, but it wasn't enough as Weaver improved to 6-1
with a 2.93 ERA in seven career starts against the Blue Jays. Weaver
(2-0) allowed two runs and five hits in seven-plus innings. He walked
none and struck out eight.
Weaver's lone loss to Toronto was a
10-4 defeat at Los Angeles on May 30, 2008, when he allowed six runs and
10 hits in four innings.
Fernando Rodney pitched a 1-2-3 ninth
for his second save.
Weaver's strong outing spoiled Shaun
Marcum's first home start for Toronto since Sept. 16, 2008, when he left
two innings into a game against Baltimore with tightness in his
forearm. Marcum missed the rest that season and all of 2009 after
ligament replacement surgery on his right elbow.
Marcum (0-1) allowed four runs and
seven hits in seven innings. He walked one and struck out six.
Wells came in 1-for-15 in his career
against Weaver, but drilled the first pitch of the second inning over
the wall in left for his sixth homer.
The Angels tied it with a run in the
third. Jeff Mathis walked, stole second and took third when catcher John
Buck's throw ticked off the glove of shortstop Alex Gonzalez. Erick
Aybar followed with an RBI single.
Morales hit a solo homer off Marcum in
the fourth, his third, and the Angels added two more in the fifth.
Mathis doubled and scored on Bobby Abreu's single and Torii Hunter hit
an RBI double.
Los Angeles scored three more in the
eighth off reliever Jeremy Accardo. Juan Rivera singled home a run and
Maicer Izturis hit a two-run double that sailed over the head of right
fielder Travis Snider.
After Ruiz chased Weaver with a
leadoff homer in the bottom half, reliever Jason Bulger let Toronto back
in it. Snider walked, stole second and scored on a two-out single by
Gonzalez. Lind followed with a two-run drive to right, his second.
Kevin Jepsen came on and surrendered a
single to Wells, but struck out Lyle Overbay to end the threat.
Attendance was 14,779. …
Overbay went 0-for-4, dropping his average to .070. … Mathis extended his
hitting streak to a career-high eight games. … Toronto Raptors guard
Jose Calderon was at the game.