After losing the first two games of their home series against the Los Angeles Angels, the Toronto Blue Jays took the field Wednesday night hoping to secure a win that might allow them to split the four-game series. Star OF Mike Trout had other ideas for the Jays and SP Aaron Sanchez, driving in a career-high seven runs on a 3-6 night.
After potential first-time All-Star INF Tommy La Stella doubled to score INF Luis Rengifo all the way from first base in the 2nd inning, Trout hit a blast to left field to bring La Stella home and give the Halos a 3-0 lead over the Jays.
In the bottom of the inning, Toronto INF Rowdy Tellez made things interesting, tying the game on a shot to center field to score INF Freddy Galvis and C Danny Jansen.
However, in the top of the 4th, the Angels loaded the bags ahead of Trout, and Jays SP Aaron Sanchez served up another meatball to Trout, who hit it into the left field seats at Rogers Centre. The Angels would not look back, scoring again in the 7th on a fielder’s choice play during Rengifo’s at-bat to bring in OF Kole Calhoun and INF David Fletcher, a solo homer by OF Justin Upton in the 8th, and on an RBI single by Trout in the 9th.
Angels DH Shohei Ohtani also showed off his wheels, stealing a base, legging out an infield single and stretching a base hit into a double.
Tellez would homer again in the 8th, but it would be too little, too late to save the Jays from a series loss.
With this loss, the Jays fall to 26-48 on the season, good for fourth place in the AL East division, 20.5 games behind the 1st place New York Yankees. Miraculously, the Jays remain five games ahead of the miserable Baltimore Orioles, who will also almost certainly lose 100 games this season. The Jays will look to avoid a sweep in the series finale tonight at 7:07 PM ET. Matchup: José Suárez (2-1, 4.50 ERA) vs. Clayton Richard (0-3, 7.52 ERA). Support the site by purchasing your tickets from SeatGeek!
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