Tulo, Encarnacion slug Blue Jays to 5-0 win over Angels
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Troy Tulowitzki hit a two-run homer, R.A. Dickey pitched scoreless ball into the sixth inning and the Toronto Blue Jays stayed atop the AL wild-card race with a 5-0 victory over the freefalling Los Angeles Angels on Friday night.
Edwin Encarnacion added a late two-run homer for the Blue Jays (81-66), who stayed even with Baltimore for the league’s two wild-card playoff spots. Both teams trail Boston by two games for the AL East lead with 15 to play.
Toronto has lost seven of 11 overall, but took the first two games of a weekend series with the Angels, who have lost five straight and nine of 10.
Dickey (10-14) bolstered his case to keep a rotation spot by limiting the Angels to seven hits and striking out five.
Roberto Osuna got four outs for his 33rd save.
Encarnacion’s homer in the ninth inning was his 40th, boosting his AL-leading RBI total to a career-high 118. He joined Jose Bautista and Carlos Delgado as the only Blue Jays with multiple 40-homer seasons.
Jered Weaver (11-12) matched his career high for losses. He threw six innings of seven-hit ball for Los Angeles, striking out four.
Tulowitzki connected in the fourth against Weaver, a fellow product of nearby Long Beach State’s prolific baseball program. The homer, Tulowitzki’s second in September, was the 36th allowed by the slow-throwing Weaver this season, one shy of James Shields for most in the majors.
The Angels chased Dickey and loaded the bases with nobody out in the sixth, but failed to score against Joe Biagini when Kaleb Cowart flied out to end the inning. Cowart also struck out to end the eighth, stranding two more Angels.
Albert Pujols became the 16th player in big league history to get 600 career doubles with a drive into the left-field corner in the first inning. Pujols joined Barry Bonds and Hank Aaron as the only players with at least 575 homers and 600 doubles.
A fan behind the Angels’ dugout was injured when Carlos Perez’s bat went flying into the crowd as he swung and missed at a third strike in the second inning. Medical personnel spent several minutes attending to the fan, who was escorted from her seat with an injury on the right side of her head.
Blue Jays: Josh Donaldson was the designated hitter for the second straight game as he returns deliberately from a hip injury. Darwin Barney played third.
Blue Jays: Francisco Liriano (7-12, 5.16 ERA) limited Tampa Bay to three hits and two runs in his last start.
Angels: Ricky Nolasco (5-14, 4.94) has just one win since joining Los Angeles, but it was a shutout at Angel Stadium. He has never beaten Toronto in four career starts.