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Angels 12, Blue Jays 6

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TORONTO -- The Los Angeles Angels clobbered four home runs to power past the Toronto Blue Jays 12-6 in Tuesday night's series opener at Rogers Centre.

Mark Trumbo went 5-for-5 with three doubles and a homer, his 32nd of the season, and scored five times. He became the first player in Angels history with five hits and five runs. Both were career highs.

Josh Hamilton had three hits, including his 20th homer of the season, and drove in four run for the Angels. Erick Aybar and Chris Iannetta, who went 3-for-4 with two RBI, also went deep as part of an 18-hit outburst -- 10 for extra bases -- for the Angels.

Most of the damage came against Blue Jays starter Mark Buehrle (11-8), who allowed a season-high tying eight runs and 12 hits to suffer his first loss since July 20, a span of 10 starts. Buehrle, who lasted four innings plus four batters -- his shortest outing of this year -- allowed three homers in a game for the fourth time this season.

Angels starter Jerome Williams (7-10) didn't fare much better, lasting five innings plus three batters while getting tagged for all six runs to snap a string of two consecutive games with a quality start despite picking up the win.

Anthony Gose and Rajai Davis each homered off Williams. Gose hit his first career grand slam, and Brett Lawrie chipped in with two of Toronto's nine hits before a crowd of 19,079.

Ricky Romero, Toronto's 2012 Opening Day starter, made his first career appearance in relief, throwing two innings of one-run ball.

Mike Trout, who went 1-for-4 with two runs scored, extended his hitting streak to 12 games with a sixth-inning single for the Angels.

The Angels, who snapped Toronto's three-game winning streak, won for the 10th time in their last 12 road games and the fifth time in their last six meetings with the Blue Jays.

Los Angeles erupted against Buehrle in the first inning, scoring four runs on five hits to take a 4-0 lead.

Erick Aybar started the rally by hitting an 0-2 offering over the fence in left field for his sixth home run of the season.

The next four Angels proceeded to reach base, including Hamilton, who hit a two-run single to put Los Angeles in front 3-0. Grant Green capped the inning with an RBI single to left.

After going down in order in the bottom of the inning, Toronto stormed back in the second. Angels starter Jerome Williams surrendered three singles to load the bases with one out for Gose, who cleared them by hitting his first career grand slam to tie the score 4-4.

The game didn't stay tied for long. Hamilton's second hit of the game scored Trumbo, who led off the third inning with a double, to give Los Angeles a 5-4 lead.

Trumbo and Hamilton continued to rock Buehrle. The duo hit back-to-back homers to lead off the fifth before two doubles chased Buehrle from the game with his team trailing 8-4.

NOTES: Blue Jays 1B-DH Edwin Encarnacion (sore left wrist) was out of the lineup, the second consecutive game he has missed. Encarnacion is considered day to day. ... Los Angeles 2B Howie Kendrick (left knee) was activated but is unlikely to return to the lineup until Friday. Kendrick hasn't played since Aug. 5. ... Angels CF Peter Bourjos had successful season-ending surgery on his right wrist on Tuesday. The recovery time is expected to be eight weeks. ... Toronto CF Colby Rasmus (oblique strain) took batting practice for the first time since going on the disabled list on Aug. 14, and he could rejoin the Blue Jays' lineup by the end of the week.
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