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Angels 8, Blue Jays 2

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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The offense scored seven runs in the first three innings and starting pitcher Garrett Richards took it from there as the Los Angeles Angels ended their longest losing streak of the season with an 8-2 win over the Toronto Blue Jays Thursday night at Angel Stadium.

Five different Angels had at least two hits on their way to 12 for the game, 10 of which came in the first three innings against Blue Jays starter Josh Johnson. Mark Trumbo hit his team-leading 24th home run of the season, J.B. Shuck drove in three runs, and Kole Calhoun and Erick Aybar each had two hits and two runs scored.

Richards (3-4), making his second start since taking over in the rotation for Joe Blanton, gave up two runs and four hits in seven innings to earn the victory. It was his first as a starter since he blanked the Tigers for seven innings on April 20.

The win for the Angels ended their losing streak at six games, and it meant the losing streak for Johnson continued. The Blue Jays starter has now lost six consecutive starts, Thursday's being the worst of them all. Johnson (1-8) gave up seven runs (six earned) on 10 hits and two walks in 2 1/3 innings.

Colby Rasmus and Brett Lawrie each had two hits for the Jays.

The Angels jumped all over Johnson from the outset and didn't let up. They took a 4-0 lead with five hits in the first inning, including a two-run homer by Mark Trumbo. The Angels made it 5-0 in the second on Josh Hamilton's sacrifice fly, and they added two more runs on four hits in the third for a 7-0 lead. The Blue Jays' defense didn't help much either, committing two errors in the first three innings.

Meanwhile, Richards sailed through the first four innings, allowing just one hit. But the Blue Jays pushed across a couple of runs in the fifth inning, sparked by Colby Rasmus' double. That trimmed the Angels' lead to 7-2.

NOTES: Angels 1B/DH Albert Pujols, who will wear a walking boot for the next three weeks while he rehabs from a torn plantar fascia in his left foot, hasn't ruled out returning later this season. Pujols won't have surgery but isn't expected back until late September, at the earliest. Considering the Angels won't be contending for a playoff spot, the club likely will discourage Pujols from playing again this year. ... Angels OF Mike Trout led the majors in July with an on-base percentage of .476 and an OPS of 1.108. He was the only player in the American League to reach base in every game during July. ... Blue Jays RHP Steve Delabar has struck out each of the last six batters he's faced and seven of the last eight overall. He leads all American League relievers with 72 strikeouts (in 48 2/3 innings). ... Blue Jays RHP Dustin McGowan was placed on the disabled list, retroactive to July 30, because of a right oblique strain. RHP Sergio Santos was activated from the disabled list (strained right forearm) to replace McGowan on the roster.
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