Los Angeles (69-48) at Toronto (60-58)

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  • Game info: 7:07 pm EDT Wed Aug 15, 2007
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Shaun Marcum doesn’t have the resume that teammate Roy Halladay does, but he’s been every bit as good as the Toronto ace lately.

Marcum looks to win his fifth straight start Wednesday night as the Blue Jays continue a three-game home series against the AL West-leading Los Angeles Angels.

Halladay pitched a five-hitter in his major league-leading fifth complete game Tuesday, leading the Blue Jays to a 4-1 victory in the series opener.

“There aren’t many people who can do as many things with the baseball that he can and marry it with the control,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. “He’s an elite pitcher.”

Alex Rios had three hits and Lyle Overbay added two hits and an RBI for Toronto (60-58), which won for the 15th time in 19 home games and improved to 36-22 at Rogers Centre.

Halladay - the 2003 Cy Young winner - and Marcum (9-4, 3.43) are two of the biggest reasons why the Blue Jays have a major league-low 3.32 ERA since the All-Star break. That outstanding pitching has kept them on the fringe of the wild-card race.

While Halladay has won three straight and four of his last five starts, Marcum is 4-0 with a 2.36 ERA in his past four outings.

Marcum carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning Friday in a 2-1 victory at Kansas City before leaving with a cramp in his right calf. He left after an infield single with two outs in the seventh broke up his no-hit bid.

“The main thing is we won,” Marcum said. “I wanted to stay out there, but you always take a chance of getting hurt. I was cramping up there about the fifth inning and kind of exhausted.”

Marcum has allowed two earned runs or fewer in 11 of his 17 starts.

The Blue Jays have won seven of eight at home against the Angels, and 13 of the last 17 meetings at Rogers Centre.

Toronto third baseman Troy Glaus missed his second straight game Tuesday because of a sore left ankle and is not expected to play Wednesday.

General manager J.P. Ricciardi said Glaus was away from the team seeking medical attention.

“The doctors are looking at his ankle and we’ll have a better idea of what can be done and what can’t be done,” Ricciardi said. “It might be a surgery in the offseason, just to clean it out.”

The Angels (69-48) lost the opener of a seven-game road trip after winning five of six at home. They didn’t help themselves by making four errors, matching a season high.

“The way we played, especially on the defensive end, is troubling,” Scioscia said. “That was one of our worst games of the year and we need to play better. You have the odd game here or there where you play poorly defensively but that was a bad ballgame.”

Chone Figgins had two hits, and is batting .396 (19-for-48) this month.

Dustin Moseley (4-1, 4.93) makes his fourth straight start in place of the injured Bartolo Colon. The right-hander, who spent most of this season in the bullpen, had his worst start of the year Wednesday against Boston before leaving without a decision. He gave up six runs and 10 hits - both career highs - over 4 2-3 innings in the Angels’ 9-6 loss.

Moseley has a 9.35 ERA in his last four appearances, including three starts.

This will be his first start against the Blue Jays.

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