Toronto (31-27) at Los Angeles (33-24)

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  • Game info: 3:35 pm EDT Sun Jun 1, 2008
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Jon Garland owns a better winning percentage against the Toronto Blue Jays than he does against any other AL team.

He’ll look to continue his winning ways over the Blue Jays on Sunday when the Los Angeles Angels (33-24) try to capture a fifth straight series.

Garland (5-3, 3.89 ERA) is 10-2 with a 4.17 ERA in 16 career appearances against Toronto (31-27), including 4-0 with a 4.97 ERA in his last four starts. He’s enjoyed healthy run support versus the Blue Jays in his career, including 19 runs during his current four-game winning streak.

“It’s just coincidence,” Garland told the Angels’ official Web site. “When you’ve been in the league this long, you face teams over and over … sometimes things just work out that way.”

The right-hander faced the Blue Jays for the first time as a member of the Angels on May 21, and gave up three runs over six innings in a 4-3 victory.

Toronto regulars Shannon Stewart (.222), Vernon Wells (.235) and Brad Wilkerson (.200) have all fared poorly against Garland in their careers.

Garland will make his first start in June after a stellar May in which he went 2-0 with a 1.78 ERA in five outings. He finished his month Monday by giving up four hits over 7 1-3 innings in a 1-0, 12-inning victory over Detroit.

Although Los Angeles has won nine of its last 14 games, including its four previous series, it hasn’t generated much offense in that span. The Angels have scored 47 runs in that stretch, and only 30 in their last 11 games.

They were held to four runs or fewer for the 11th straight game Saturday, but won 3-2 in 10 innings. Pinch-hitter Juan Rivera’s bases-loaded single scored Casey Kotchman with the winning run.

Los Angeles has overcome the hitting woes by posting a 2.81 ERA since May 16 - third-lowest in the majors.

“The month of May has been very difficult on the offensive side,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia told the team’s official Web site. “I think on the pitching end these guys have just pitched extraordinary and kept us afloat. On the defensive side, we’ve been as clean as we’d like to be.”

Toronto, which owns the second-lowest staff ERA since May 16 at 2.63, lost Saturday for just the second time in 10 games. The Blue Jays finished May with a major league-best 20-10 record.

The Blue Jays will send A.J. Burnett (5-5, 4.57) to the mound for the series finale. Burnett missed a chance at a third straight victory Tuesday, giving up three runs - two earned - over 5 2-3 innings in a 3-1 loss at Oakland.

“Three runs or less, even earned or not, I think I’m better than that,” Burnett said.

The right-hander has 42 strikeouts in seven road starts to rank third in the majors.

Burnett beat the Angels in Toronto on May 22, yielding three runs in six innings of a 4-3 win. He improved to 1-1 with a 4.15 ERA in two career starts against Los Angeles.

Angels slugger Vladimir Guerrero, who is hitless in his last 12 at-bats, is 7-for-37 (.189) with 10 strikeouts against Burnett.

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A. Burnett Pit vs. J. Garland Col
18-10 Record 14-8
4.07 ERA 4.90
231 K 90
86 BB 59
1.34 WHIP 1.51


Sunday, Jun 1