Pujols Reaches 100 RBIs For 13th Time As Angels Beat Jays, 6-3

TORONTO (AP) — Albert Pujols reached the 100-RBI mark for the 13th time, the fifth player in history to achieve the feat, Mike Trout had three hits and drove in four runs, and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Toronto Blue Jays 6-3 on Thursday night.

Jered Weaver pitched 5 2-3 innings to snap a three-start losing streak as the Angels won consecutive games for the first time since Aug. 2-3 and prevented J.A. Happ from becoming the first 18-game winner in the majors.

After winning 11 straight decisions, Happ (17-4) suffered his first lost since June 10 at Detroit. He allowed four runs and six hits in five innings.

One day after his 584th home run moved him past Mark McGwire into sole possession of 10th place on the all-time list, Pujols joined Jimmie Foxx, Lou Gehrig, Alex Rodriguez and Babe Ruth as the only players to collect 100 or more RBIs in 13 seasons.

Pujols leads baseball with 40 RBIs since the All-Star break.

Josh Donaldson homered for the Blue Jays, who missed an opportunity to open a one-game lead over Boston in the AL East. The Red Sox lost 2-1 at Tampa Bay earlier Thursday.

Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista was activated off the 15-day disabled list and started at DH, batting leadoff. He finished 1 for 4 with a sacrifice fly in the second and an RBI double in the ninth.

Los Angeles trailed 2-0 on Donaldson’s fifth-inning homer, his 29th. Trout tied it with a two-run single in the sixth and Pujols followed with a go-ahead single.

Up with the bases loaded for the second straight at-bat, Trout hit a two-run single off Joaquin Benoit in the seventh.

Weaver (9-11) allowed two runs, one earned, and five hits.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Angels: 3B Yunel Escobar (concussion) has not resumed physical activity and won’t be activated when eligible Saturday, manager Mike Scioscia said. Escobar fouled a ball off his face while attempting to bunt last Friday.

Blue Jays: 2B Devon Travis (sore right ring finger) missed his third straight game but hopes to return Friday. … OF Michael Saunders (hamstring) was unavailable. … INF Ryan Goins was optioned to Triple-A Buffalo to make room for Bautista.

UP NEXT

Angels: RHP Ricky Nolasco (4-11, 5.22) starts Friday as Los Angeles returns home for a three-game series with the Tigers. Nolasco is 0-2 with a 4.32 ERA in three starts against Detroit this season.

Blue Jays: LHP Francisco Liriano (6-12, 5.21) starts the opener of a three-game series against Minnesota on Friday. He’s 2-1 with a 5.66 ERA in four career starts against the Twins.

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