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By Chris Toman, The Sports Xchange September 12, 2013 10:32 PM
TORONTO -- The Los Angeles Angels completed a three-game sweep of the Toronto Blue Jays, winning Thursday's series finale 4-3 in front of 20,767 at Rogers Centre. Kole Calhoun went 2-for-3 with a walk and a home run, his seventh of the year, while Mike Trout and Grant Green each drove in a run to help the Angels (70-76) win for the 12th time in their last 14 road games. Garrett Richards (7-6) lasted 6 2/3 innings, surrendering nine hits, three runs and striking out four before turning the ball over to Michael Kohn with one out in the seventh. Kohn, Dane De La Rosa, and Ernesto Frieri threw 3 1/3 scoreless innings of relief to make Richards a winner. Frieri struck out Brett Lawrie with runners on first and second to earn his 33rd save of the season. Richards has won three consecutive games for the first time in his career, compiling a 2.41 ERA over that stretch. Blue Jays starter J.A. Happ (4-6) didn't fare as well, going just 4 1/3 innings, allowing four runs on six hits while walking two and matching a season high with six strikeouts. It was the third time in Happ's last four starts that he has failed to make it out of the fifth inning. Four Blue Jays (67-79) relievers, starting with Neil Wagner in the fifth, combined to throw 4 2/3 scoreless innings after Happ exited the contest. Jose Reyes went 4-for-4 with a home run, his 10th of the season, while Moises Sierra went 3-for-4 and had his third consecutive multihit game. Los Angeles, which has gone unbeaten in six straight series, improved to 8-4 in September and outscored Toronto 21-13 over the three-game set. The Blue Jays, losers of three straight, have dropped 10 of their last 13 contests to the Angels. Adam Lind put the Blue Jays on the board in the first inning, stroking a two-out double. The hit scored Reyes, who led off the game with a single, and gave Toronto a 1-0 lead. The Angels responded in the second with back-to-back, two-out hits. Los Angeles tacked on another run in the third to take a 2-1 lead, but the Angels didn't stay on top for long. Reyes drove the first pitch he saw in the bottom half of the frame over the fence in right field to tie the game, 2-2. Toronto added one more in the inning, taking a 3-2 lead on an RBI double from Sierra. NOTES: Blue Jays 1B/DH Edwin Encarnacion (sore left wrist) missed his fourth consecutive game, and he remains day-to-day. ... Angels 2B Howie Kendrick (knee) is expected to return to the lineup for Friday's series opener against the Astros in Houston. Kendrick has been sidelined since Aug. 5. ... Toronto opens a home series against the Baltimore Orioles on Friday. ... Canadian music artist Avril Lavigne was in attendance for the contest, receiving a round of applause when shown on the video board.