Blue Jays 11, Angels 2
Jered Weaver wasn't going to sulk about one awful outing. In fact, he even had a song ready for the occasion.
''Mama said there'll be days like this,'' the Angels ace sang as he prepared to leave the clubhouse following a rare pounding.
All three homers came off Weaver, who allowed eight runs and eight hits, both season highs, in 4 2-3 innings, his shortest outing of the year.
''It took 20-some odd starts for it to happen, but it's going to happen,'' Weaver said. ''You can't hang your head. Just get out there and battle the next time.''
The right-hander, who had won eight of nine decisions, saw his AL-leading ERA rise from 1.78 to 2.13.
''He's been lights out all year,'' Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. ''This is one where it just wasn't there for him. He'll be ready for his next start.''
Weaver (14-6) was pitching for the first time since Aug. 5 after serving a six-game suspension for throwing over the head of Detroit's Alex Avila in a loss on July 31. The Angels ace originally appealed the suspension, but decided last Saturday to serve his punishment in full. Still, he acknowledged feeling ''rusty'' after a seven-day layoff.
''Just kind of flat,'' he said. ''Nothing was very sharp. I usually have a pitch I can go to to get me out of situations and I didn't really have that today.''
Riding a streak of 15 consecutive quality starts, Weaver was in trouble from the get-go against Toronto, surrendering a two-run shot to Encarnacion in the first, the 10th homer of the season for the Blue Jays infielder.
Yunel Escobar hit a one-out double before walks to Eric Thames and Encarnacion loaded the bases for Lind, who drove Weaver's first pitch over the wall in right for his 20th homer and third career grand slam. One out later, Teahen chased Weaver with a solo drive to right, his fourth.
The slumping Lind had just eight hits in 58 at-bats before the grand slam - his 100th career home run. He homered for the first time since July 26 against Baltimore.
''You make a mistake to a guy like that and he's going to put it where he wants to, and he did,'' Weaver said.
The beneficiary of Toronto's offensive outburst was Ricky Romero, who won his fourth straight start for the second time in his career. The left-hander allowed one run and two hits in seven innings. He walked two and struck out three.
Romero (11-9), who also won four straight in his 2009 rookie season, has an ERA of 1.15 over his past four outings and has allowed just 11 hits in 31 1-3 innings.
''Just being consistent, throwing strikes, getting quick outs and getting deep into games,'' Romero said. ''There's really no other formula. I'm kind of just going out there and competing. The key for me every time I go deep into games is strike one. That's big with me, and when I do that I feel like I'm in control.''
The Angels' lone run against Romero came on a leadoff homer by Alberto Callaspo in the fifth.
''He's got the kind of stuff that he deserves to be an ace on any staff,'' former teammate Vernon Wells said of Romero.
The Blue Jays piled on with three more in the sixth against reliever Joel Pineiro. McDonald singled and went to third when shortstop Andrew Romine made a throwing error on a potential double-play grounder. Thames walked to load the bases for Encarnacion, who drove in a run with a sharp infield single to third. Lind followed with a sacrifice fly, and J.P. Arencibia capped it with an RBI single to center.
NOTES: The eight earned runs against Weaver matched his career high. ... Encarnacion extended his hitting streak to a season-high 12 games. ... Toronto OF Jose Bautista, OF Colby Rasmus and 2B Aaron Hill were all held out of the starting lineup. ... OF Bobby Abreu and SS Erick Aybar didn't start for the Angels. ... Blue Jays LHP Brett Cecil (4-5) will face Angels RHP Dan Haren (12-6) in Sunday's series finale.