LOS ANGELES (AP) — Mike Trout and Albert Pujols each scored twice, Alex Meyer gave up two hits in five innings for his first career win, and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Toronto Blue Jays 4-0 on Sunday afternoon.
The Blue Jays fell out of a tie with Baltimore for the top AL wild-card spot and lead Seattle by one game for the second spot.
Meyer (1-3) struck out a career-best seven and walked three in the longest outing of his career.
Marcus Stroman (9-9) went six innings, giving up two runs on seven hits, walking two and striking out three.
Toronto left seven on base and was a combined 1 for 17 with runners in scoring position in the last two games.
The game was delayed for 13 minutes in the bottom of the third inning due to bees on the field.
Stroman allowed runs in the second and fourth innings before Joe Biagini gave up two in the seventh inning.
Trout went from first to third on Pujols’ single in the seventh and came home on C.J. Cron’s sacrifice fly. After Andrelton Simmons walked, Rafael Ortega’s flare dropped into shallow left field for a single. Ortega advanced to second on the throw and scored Pujols from third base to cap the scoring.
Angels: C Jett Bandy remained out of the lineup with a sore back. Bandy exited Saturday’s game with back spasms after a slide in the first inning.
Blue Jays: LHP J.A. Happ (19-4, 3.27) will face Seattle for just the second time since he pitched 20 games for the Mariners in 2015. Happ won his last decision against his former club with six shutout innings of one-hit ball on July 24. He’s won his last two decisions and is looking to win 20 games for the first time in his career.
Angels: RHP Jhoulys Chacin (4-6, 5.44 ERA) will make his second start since coming out of the bullpen, again in place of the injured Tyler Skaggs, when the Angels start a three-game series on the road against the Texas Rangers. Chacin has pitched to a 0.57 ERA in his last three starts and is 0-1 with a 3.00 ERA in three appearances against Texas.
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