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Angels 7, Blue Jays 5

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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- J.B. Shuck and Kole Calhoun combined for seven hits and keyed a three-run rally in the eighth inning to lead the Los Angeles Angels to a 7-5 win over the Toronto Blue Jays Friday night at Angel Stadium.

The Angels trailed 5-4 going into the bottom of the eighth inning when Shuck tripled to drive in Chris Nelson with the tying run against Blue Jays reliever Steve Delabar. Calhoun then untied it with a two-run homer, his fourth hit of the game, to put the Angels on top 7-5.

Shuck had three hits, scored twice and drove in a run, but his biggest play of the night was his highlight reel catch of Jose Bautista's potential home run ball in the fourth inning. That play kept the game close as Toronto increased the lead to 2-0 in the fourth on Edwin Encarnacion's RBI single and would have scored more runs if not for the spectacular catch by Shuck.

Bautista hit a high fly ball into the left field corner near the foul pole. Shuck got to the short wall in time and leaped into the seats while making the catch. He hopped back onto the field and got the ball back to the infield, but not before Macier Izturis tagged from first and went to second. That was key because he scored from second on Encarnacion's single.

The Angels not only got onto the scoreboard against Todd Redmond in the fourth inning, but they took the lead. With two out, Erick Aybar was hit by a pitch, stole second and scored on a single by Nelson to cut the Jays' lead to 2-1.

Shuck followed with a single, and Chris Iannetta's double to left center scored Nelson and Shuck for a 3-2 Angels lead, knocking Redmond out of the game.

The Angels increased their lead to 4-2 in the fifth with another RBI single by Nelson.

Dane De La Rosa (5-1), one of six Angels pitchers in the game, earned the victory. Angels starter Tommy Hanson gave up five runs (four earned) and seven hits in 5 1/3 innings. Ernesto Frieri pitched the ninth to earn his 26th save.

Delabar (5-2) got the loss in relief for the Blue Jays, who used four pitchers themselves, including starter Todd Redmond. Redmond lasted just 3 2/3 innings and gave up three runs on seven hits.

The Angels had 14 hits in all, including three from Nelson and two from Erick Aybar. Jose Reyes led the Blue Jays with two hits, including his seventh home run of the season.

NOTES: Blue Jays LF Melky Cabrera underwent an MRI on his left knee, one day after coming out of the game and landing on the disabled list for the second time this season. Results of the MRI showed some damage to the meniscus, and he'll undergo further tests this weekend before the club determines a course of action. ... Angels OF Mike Trout got his first career start as the designated hitter. It was just a semi-day off for Trout, who has played in 107 of the Angels' 108 games this season. Josh Hamilton got his second start of the season in center field in Trout's place.
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