Marc Rzepczynski was nearly unhittable over seven innings and the Toronto Blue Jays blanked the Angels, 3-0, in the opener of a three-game series on Friday night at Angel Stadium.
Summoned from triple-A Las Vegas to make Friday's start, Rzepczynski (1-1) scattered two hits to record his first win since beating these same Angels last Aug. 21. The left-hander collected six strikeouts and did not issue a walk, but did hit consecutive batters in the third inning. He lowered his earned-run average from 7.15 to 4.42.
Rzepczynski started in place of Brandon Morrow, who had his turn in the rotation skipped to give him extra rest after his last outing. Morrow set career highs with 17 strikeouts and 137 pitches Sunday, when he came within one out of a no-hitter in a 1-0 win over Tampa Bay.
Scott Downs worked around a two-out single by Los Angeles' Bobby Abreu in the eighth and Kevin Gregg tossed a flawless ninth to complete the three-hit shutout and earn his 26th save. The Blue Jays have won five of seven.