Toronto (57-81) at Los Angeles (79-58)

Fair Currently: Anaheim, CA
Temp: 73° F
  • Game info: 10:05 pm EDT Wed Sep 8, 2004
  • TV: RSN, FSW
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Kelvim Escobar will be on the mound as the playoff-hopeful Anaheim Angels continue a three-game series with the visiting Toronto Blue Jays.

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.

Garret Anderson and Chone Figgins homered for the Angels, who moved within 1 1/2 games of first-place Oakland in the AL West and remained four behind Boston for the wild card.

Gregg Zaun hit a two-run homer for the Blue Jays, who lost for the third time in four games.

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Starting Pitchers

J. Miller LAD vs. K. Escobar Mil
3-4 Record 11-12
6.06 ERA 3.93
47 K 191
42 BB 76
1.75 WHIP 1.29