Angels 5, Blue Jays 4

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TORONTO (AP)—Bartolo Colon desperately needed to pitch a game like this.

Colon pitched seven strong innings for his second win in his last 11 starts, and Vladimir Guerrero drove in three runs to lead the Anaheim Angels to a 5-4 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday night.

Colon (6-8) entered with the highest ERA among AL starters at 6.57. The 31-year-old right-hander, who signed a four-year, $51 million contract during the offseason, allowed four runs—three earned—on five hits and lowered his ERA to 6.38.

Asked how much he needed it, Colon said: “A lot, a lot. Not only for the team, but also for me. I want to do my part. Thank God I was able to do it.”

Colon, who struck out four and walked none, took the advice of third base coach Ron Roenicke, who urged Colon to use his changeup more against right-handers.

“It think that helped a lot,” Colon said through an interpreter.

Before the game, Toronto manager Carlos Tosca said Colon was throwing about 10 mph slower than he used to.

“He changed his pattern a little bit. He threw more two-seamers than four-seamers,” Tosca said after the game.

Francisco Rodriguez pitched a perfect eighth, and Troy Percival worked the ninth for his 14th save—his first since June 1.

“That was the best stuff I’ve had since the first three weeks of the season, but I was more excited for Bartolo because he really needed that,” Percival said. “He had one rough inning, but finished with seven strong innings.”

Reigning AL Cy Young award winner Roy Halladay (7-6) gave up five runs on a career-high 12 hits—all singles—in six innings. Halladay walked one, and has walked 33 batters—one more than last season.

“I felt kind of worn down,” Halladay said. “I made some mistakes that I paid for.”

Eric Hinske homered for the Blue Jays, who were coming off a three-game sweep of Seattle.

David Eckstein and Chone Figgins led off the game with consecutive singles before Garret Anderson hit an RBI single. Guerrero followed with an RBI grounder, and Jose Guillen hit a run-scoring single under the glove of shortstop Chris Woodward, giving Anaheim a 3-0 lead.

Alex Rios’ two-run triple and Colon’s run-scoring fielding error tied it in the second.

Guerrero’s two-run single in the fourth gave Anaheim a 5-3 lead.

Hinske homered in the sixth to make it 5-4.


Anaheim outhit Toronto 16-5. … Toronto second baseman Orlando Hudson is in an 0-for-19 slump. … The Angels lost their previous six games at SkyDome. … Anaheim RHP Kelvin Escobar will face his former team for the firsttime Saturday.

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