Angels' Wilson grounds Jays

The SportsXchange

TORONTO -- It's tough to find the positives in what has been a disastrous season for the Los Angeles Angels, but starter C.J. Wilson is one of them.

The left-hander, who beat the Toronto Blue Jays for his eighth consecutive victory Wednesday, hasn't lost a game in more than two months.

Wilson matched a career high by earning his 16th win of the season, helping the Angels squeak past the Blue Jays 5-4 at Rogers Centre.

"He's having a terrific season," manager Mike Scioscia said. "Of all the things we've talked about this year that haven't worked out, C.J. is on the other side of that ledger. He's having just a terrific season, pitching deep into games. He's going to (throw) 200-plus innings again. Every stat you look at is terrific for him."

After allowing three runs in the first inning, Wilson (16-6) settled down. He lasted seven innings, surrendering four hits and four runs (three earned) while walking four and striking out six. Wilson hasn't lost since July 5 -- a span of 13 starts -- and is unbeaten in his past 10 road outings.

The 32-year-old recorded his 19th quality start of the year and reached the 30-start plateau for the fourth consecutive season. He's been in the zone for much of the year but doesn't want to stop and think about it.

"You can assess the season as a whole after the season is over," said Wilson, who went at least seven innings for the 12th time this year.

Moises Sierra was the only Toronto player who could solve Wilson, leading the Blue Jays' offensive attack by going 3-for-4 -- all extra-base hits -- and scoring twice. Mark DeRosa had the only other Toronto hit off Wilson.

"The whole game other than Sierra's hits, I felt like I did a good job," Wilson said. "That guy, whatever reason, had my number tonight."

It was Sierra's third three-hit game of the season, and he recorded his first career triple in the fourth. An error by third baseman Andrew Romine allowed Sierra to come around and score on the play.

"As far as talent goes, he has as much as anybody," manager John Gibbons said.

Dane De La Rosa and Ernesto Frieri (32nd save) each pitched a perfect inning to close out the victory.

Kole Calhoun drove in the winning run with an eighth-inning sacrifice fly off reliever Steve Delabar (5-3), his second RBI of the contest. Mark Trumbo extended his hitting streak to seven games by blasting his 33rd homer of the season, a career high, while Josh Hamilton went 3-for-3 -- his second consecutive three-hit game -- and reached base in all four of his plate appearances.

The Angels, winners in 10 of their last 12 road games, did most of their damage against Blue Jays starter R.A. Dickey. The knuckleballer labored through 5 1/3 innings -- snapping a string of 15 consecutive starts completing at least six frames -- and surrendered four runs on seven hits in a no-decision.

Dickey, who entered having won a season-high three consecutive games, surpassed the 200-inning plateau for the third consecutive year in front of a crowd of 17,994 -- the fifth smallest at Rogers Centre this season.

"It's hard to throw that many innings and not give your team consistent chances to win ballgames, and that's always something that's nice," Dickey said.

Although it wasn't Dickey's best performance, he was still difficult to hit -- especially for Angels catcher Hank Conger, who had never faced a knuckleballer before.

"I thought he was mixing it pretty well. It's definitely tough at-bats facing him," said Conger, who went 1-for-2 before being lifted for Chris Iannetta in the sixth.

Mike Trout scored twice and became the third Angels player in franchise history with back-to-back 100-run seasons.

Los Angeles has won six of its past seven games against Toronto.

NOTES: Blue Jays 1B/DH Edwin Encarnacion (sore left wrist) missed his third consecutive game. He is considered day-to-day. ... Angels RHP Jered Weaver experienced tightness in his right forearm during his last outing, and is being monitored closely. Weaver played catch prior to Wednesday's game and is expected to make his next start. ... A moment of silence was held prior to the game to honor the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the 12th anniversary of the tragedy.
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