Santana Leads Halos Past Jays

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

TORONTO(AP) Vladimir Guerrero and Juan Rivera homered, Ervin Santana won his fourth straight start and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Toronto Blue Jays 7-3 on Saturday.

Guerrero broke a 3-all tie with a solo shot in the sixth inning and Rivera provided some insurance with a two-run drive in the eighth.

The AL West leaders avoided their first three-game losing streak since June 20-22. Los Angeles is the only team in the majors that hasn't lost four straight all season.

Toronto has dropped eight of 10 and is nine games below .500, matching a season low.

Santana (7-6) allowed three runs and seven hits in six innings, walked four and struck out three. The right-hander has won six of his past seven decisions and is 5-0 in his last six road starts.

Darren Oliver pitched two innings and Kevin Jepsen finished up for the Angels, who have won 23 of their past 31 road games.

Starting for the first time since Aug. 11, Blue Jays rookie right-hander Scott Richmond (6-7) allowed four runs and six hits in seven innings. Richmond walked three and struck out 10, his second double-digit strikeout game. He fanned a career-high 11 at Philadelphia on June 17.

The Angels jumped in front by scoring three runs in the third. Chone Figgins doubled home Erick Aybar , and Maicer Izturis followed with a two-run double.

Toronto tied it in the bottom half when Adam Lind hit a three-run homer to left, his 25th.

Guerrero opened the sixth with a drive to left, his 11th.

The Angels padded their lead with three in the eighth off reliever Brian Tallet . Rivera followed Guerrero's single with a two-run drive, his 20th, and Gary Matthews Jr. hit an RBI triple.

Figgins made the defensive play of the game, sliding into foul territory behind third base to snare a grounder, then making a strong throw to first to retire Randy Ruiz in the sixth.

NOTES: The Angels recalled RHP Rafael Rodriguez from Triple-A Salt Lake and demoted RHP Sean O'Sullivan to their top farm club. ... Angels OF Torii Hunter got the day off to rest his right adductor muscle strain. ... Toronto 3B Edwin Encarnacion (left knee) missed his second straight game and is day-to-day. ... Angels LHP Joe Saunders (shoulder) will throw a bullpen session Monday and could start Wednesday against Detroit, manager Mike Scioscia said. Saunders was placed on the 15-day disabled list Aug. 8. ... Los Angeles is 26-8 in day games. ... Richmond made his first home start since June 30, when he lost to Tampa Bay.


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