Boasting a team-best 4.10 ERA, Escobar is 4-1 with a 3.22 ERA in his last six starts, including a 10-5 win at Cleveland on Friday. The right-hander gave up four runs and eight hits over 6 2-3 innings.
Escobar, who spent his first seven major league seasons with Toronto before signing a three-year, $18.75-million contract with the Angels last November, is facing his former team for the second time this season. The 28-year-old Venezuelan was an 11-2 winner in his return to SkyDome on July 10, allowing two runs and five hits while striking out nine over 5 1-3 innings.
“I guarantee, you can ask anybody, when you face your former team and get a win, it feels good,” he said.
The Angels have won four in a row behind solid starting pitching. Their starters have compiled a 2.42 ERA during the run.
Bartolo Colon allowed two runs over seven innings Tuesday as Anaheim took the opener 5-2, the team’s 16th win in the last 21 games overall.
Gregg Zaun hit a two-run homer for the Blue Jays, who lost for the third time in four games.