By Pete Zarustica
The mismatch between the Los Angeles Angels and the Toronto Blue Jays, on paper, couldn’t be much greater. After all, one team is in dead last in its division and the other team is tied for first.
But for the second straight night, the underdogs bit the, uh, overdogs as the Angels on Thursday defeated the Blue Jays 6-3 as Mike Trout held a hitting clinic with three hits and four RBIs.
The win improved the Angels’ record to 54-73, just one game within the fourth place Oakland A’s in the American League West. The loss kept the Jays (71-56) tied with the Boston Red Sox, with the Baltimore Orioles just one game back.
Trout was 3-for-4 to lead the 11-hit Angel attack. Albert Pujols added two hits. Trailing 2-0, the Halos put the game away with four runs in the sixth and two more in the seventh.
Having taken two of three from the Blue Jays, the Angels travel to Detroit on Friday to take on the Tigers (68-59), who are in second place in the AL Central.