TORONTO (AP) — Raul Ibanez drove in the tiebreaking run with a sacrifice fly in the ninth inning, Mike Trout hit a solo home run and the Los Angeles Angels won their fifth straight game in Toronto, beating the Blue Jays 4-3 on Friday night.
Erick Aybar had three hits and scored twice, including the decisive run in the ninth, as the Angels won for the eighth time in nine meetings with the Blue Jays and halted Toronto’s season-long winning streak at five games.
Aybar tripled off Brett Cecil (0-3) to begin the ninth and Trout reached safely when first baseman Edwin Encarnacion couldn’t find the bag after taking the throw on Trout’s infield grounder. Albert Pujols was intentionally walked to load the bases for Ibanez.
Joe Smith (2-0) got the win despite giving up a game-tying home run to Jose Reyes in the eighth and Ernesto Frieri finished for his fourth save in six chances.
Toronto took an early lead against right-hander Garret Richards. Reyes led off the first with a single, moved to second when Melky Cabrera walked and came around to score on two wild pitches.
The Angels tied it in the second when Efren Navarro hit a two-out double and scored on Collin Cowgill’s single.
Trout made it 2-1 with a leadoff homer in the third, but the Blue Jays tied it again in the bottom half on Richards’ third wild pitch of the game, with Cabrera coming home after the ball bounced away from catcher Hank Conger.
The Angels thought they had reclaimed the lead when Ibanez slid home after a wild pitch by Toronto’s Dustin McGowan sailed to the backstop in the fifth. Blue Jays manager John Gibbons challenged the call by plate umpire Angel Hernandez and Ibanez was ruled out after a 3:20 replay review.
McGowan allowed two runs and seven hits in five innings. He walked two and struck out two.
Los Angeles broke the tie with a run off Sergio Santos in the seventh. Aybar doubled and went to third on a grounder before Pujols was intentionally walked. After Ibanez walked to load the bases, Steve Delabar came on and walked Howie Kendrick on four pitches to give the Angels a 3-2 lead.
Richards allowed two runs and five hits in seven innings. He walked two and struck out six.
Smith, who had not pitched since May 3 because of a sore muscle in his right side, replaced Richards to begin the eighth but immediately gave up a game-tying homer to Reyes.
NOTES: Navarro was recalled from Triple-A Salt Lake City before the game and made his first major league start in the outfield. … Blue Jays 3B Brett Lawrie (right hamstring) missed his fourth straight game. … The Blue Jays wore red caps to mark Canada’s National Day of Honour, a tribute to those who fought in the war in Afghanistan. A moment of silence was held before the anthems. Angels LH Tyler Skaggs (2-1) faces Toronto LH J.A. Happ (1-0) on Saturday.