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Angels 7, Blue Jays 3

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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Jered Weaver went 7 2/3 strong innings, Howie Kendrick had three hits and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Toronto Blue Jays 7-3 on Saturday night at Angel Stadium for their third victory in a row.

It wasn't vintage Weaver, but it was good enough on a night when the Angels had 10 hits, including Kole Calhoun's second homer in as many games and at least one RBI from five different players.

Weaver (6-5) went into the game having thrown 24 1/3 scoreless innings at home and he extended the streak to 26 1/3 innings before Brett Lawrie homered for the Blue Jays leading off the third inning.

Weaver, who gave up three runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out five and making 108 pitches, has won five consecutive starts at home, the last loss coming June 21 against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

The offense gave Weaver some breathing room right away, scoring three runs in the first inning against Blue Jays starter Esmil Rogers (3-6).

The Angels added four runs in the fifth, thanks partly to a throwing error by Blue Jays catcher J.P Arencibia that resulted in two unearned runs.

Rogers gave up all seven runs (five earned) and all 10 hits in five innings. The Angels failed to get a hit after the fifth inning.

In the first inning, consecutive singles by Mike Trout, Josh Hamilton and Howie Kendrick loaded the bases. Mark Trumbo drove in the first run when he grounded into a force play. Erick Aybar and Chris Nelson followed with consecutive RBI singles to make it 3-0.

The Angels matched Lawrie's third-inning homer with a solo blast by Calhoun in the fifth to make it 4-1.

NOTES: Angels LHP Jason Vargas, out since June 17 because of a blood clot in his left armpit area, threw a simulated game on Saturday. He will pitch a bullpen session in a couple days, and if he comes out of it OK, he will begin a rehab assignment sometime next week. ... Trout has reached base safely in 34 consecutive game, the longest such streak by an Angel since Erick Aybar had a 36-game streak in 2011. ... Chris Iannetta threw out all three Blue Jays base runners trying to steal Friday night, marking the first time an Angels catcher has thrown out three would-be base stealers in a game since Bengie Molina did it against the New York Yankees in 2003. ... Blue Jays RHP Josh Johnson, who has been dealing with knee tendinitis, threw a bullpen session on Saturday and said he felt fine. Johnson, who has lost six consecutive starts, is on track to make his next start on Tuesday against the Seattle Mariners. ... Blue Jays RHP Brad Lincoln was called up from Triple-A Buffalo on Saturday to take the spot on the roster of RHP Todd Redmond, who was optioned to Buffalo after his start against the Angels on Friday. Lincoln was 0-1 with a 4.15 ERA in 13 games earlier this year for the Jays.
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