RECAP: Ohtani, Trout, Pujols lead Angels to 8-1 victory over Blue Jays

TORONTO (AP) Mike Trout and Albert Pujols each hit solo home runs, Shohei Ohtani doubled twice and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Toronto Blue Jays 8-1 on Thursday.

Nick Tropeano (2-3) pitched a season-high 7 1-3 innings to snap a five-start winless streak.

Ohtani also walked twice and scored two runs. Martin Maldonado had two hits and three RBIs.

The Angels scored more than three runs for the third time in their past 12 and posted their biggest output since an 8-0 win at Colorado on May 9.

Tropeano (2-3) allowed one run and four hits, walked a season-low one and struck out six. The victory was his first since April 12 at Kansas City.

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Trout’s 15th home run was a leadoff drive in the fifth that bounced off the top of the left field wall and went out. It came off Blue Jays right-hander Marco Estrada (2-5), who lost his fourth straight decision.

Pujols connected off right-hander Deck McGuire in the ninth, his seventh.

Estrada allowed four runs and seven hits in 4 1-3 innings as the Blue Jays lost for the 14th time in their past 18 home games, including eight of the past nine. Toronto has lost seven straight series, its longest streak since April 2017.


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The Angels are 16-5 on the road, the best record in the major leagues.

Toronto’s lone run came in the sixth on outfielder Dwight Smith Jr.’s first career home run.


Angels: Ohtani’s scheduled start Sunday at New York has been pushed back to manage the workload of the two-way rookie, manager Mike Scioscia said. Ohtani had been scheduled to pitch against fellow Japanese right-hander Masahiro Tanaka. Scioscia said Ohtani will still be available to hit against New York. Ohtani is 4-1 with a 3.35 ERA in seven starts, and is hitting .319.

Blue Jays: 1B Justin Smoak and OF Curtis Granderson got the day off. Kendrys Morales started at first, Yangervis Solarte was at third and Josh Donaldson was the DH.


Angels: LHP Andrew Heaney (2-3, 3.55) starts the opener of a three-game series in New York against the Yankees. Heaney is 1-0 with a 1 .50 ERA in two career starts against the Yankees. RHP Luis Severino (7-1, 2.35) starts for New York.

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Blue Jays: RHP Sam Gaviglio (1-0, 0.93) starts the opener of a three-game series at Philadelphia. It’s his second start in place of injured RHP Marcus Stroman (shoulder). Gaviglio pitched 5 1-3 shutout innings against Oakland on May 19. RHP Zach Eflin (1-0, 1.56) starts for the Phillies.