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Jered Weaver and Angels hold off Blue Jays, 7-3

Right-hander picks up his fifth consecutive victory at home and gets plenty of help as the Angels collect five singles and score three runs in the first inning, then score four runs in the fifth.

August 03, 2013|By Lance Pugmire
  • Blue Jays catcher J.P. Arencibia chases a wide throw to home as Angels center fielder Mike Trout scores in the fifth inning Saturday. Arencibia would then make a wild throw to second base, allowing Josh Hamilton and Howie Kendrick to score.
Blue Jays catcher J.P. Arencibia chases a wide throw to home as Angels center… (Reed Saxon / Associated…)

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The Angels had a chance Saturday to know they're not alone in the company of teams performing short of expectations.

The last-place Toronto Blue Jays went as far as showing their partner in suffering that things could be even worse.

In a 7-3 Angels' victory paced by starting pitcher Jered Weaver's fifth consecutive home win, Toronto unraveled in the Angels' four-run fifth inning.

Already up, 3-1, after jumping on starter Esmil Rogers (3-6) for three runs and five singles in the first inning, the Angels started the fifth rolling when leadoff batter Kole Calhoun lined a home run over the right-field wall.

Rogers then hit Mike Trout with a pitch and Josh Hamilton singled for the second time to bring up Howie Kendrick.

Kendrick singled for the third time, the throw home from center fielder Colby Rasmus trying to get the speedy Trout arriving late and allowing Hamilton and Kendrick to advance a base.

Instead of ending things there, catcher J.P. Arencibia tried to throw out Kendrick at second base but air-mailed the throw far out of Rasmus' reach toward right-center field.

Hamilton and Kendrick raced home, giving the Angels a 7-1.

The home scoreless streak for Weaver (6-5) reached 261/3 innings before Brett Lawrie hit a third-inning pitch over the left-field wall.

Rating the catches

The day after one of the greatest catches in Angel Stadium history, the discussion was if it was the best ever by an Angel.

Manager Mike Scioscia said no, ranking Trout's full-sprint, high-leaping grab of a J.J. Hardy fly over the center-field fence in Baltimore in June 2012 as No. 1, over J.B. Shuck's Friday robbery of Jose Bautista's home run in which the outfielder tumbled into the stands over the left-field wall.

“I've got to go with Trout's, just for the distance he covered,” Scioscia said. “J.B. got to the ball quicker and got a little more settled. Mike was basically on a pure sprint when he caught that ball.”

Neither Shuck nor Trout would say they thought their own catch was better, each calling the other's “unbelievable.”

“I thought there was no way he was catching it, and then when he came up with it while going over the wall … the timing was key for both of our catches,” Trout said.

Shuck said he first thought he'd land on top of the wall before experiencing “that falling feeling, knowing you're not coming back. … I didn't know where I'd land, but I didn't end up with popcorn or any hot dogs on me.”

Calhoun said it was the best catch he has seen in person.

“That was just what this team needs to do … go out and play hard,” Calhoun said.

Jason Vargas is on the mend

Jason Vargas threw 50 pitches in a three-inning simulated game, reported no discomfort and remains on track for a minor league assignment this week.

Scioscia said the left-hander, on the disabled list since June 18 because of a blood clot in his left armpit, will be evaluated Sunday.

Prospect is promoted

Right-hander Mark Sappington, the Angels' top pitching prospect, was promoted from Class-A Inland Empire to double-A Arkansas.

Sappington, 22, a fifth-round pick in 2012, was 11-4 with a 3.38 earned-run average for Indland Empire.

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