Seven shutout innings were not enough to make up for the anemic offense of the Los Angeles Angels Sunday, as they fell 6-2 to the Toronto Blue Jays and at 8-12, tumbled into a tie for last place in the American League West.
Daniel Wright threw a gem through five innings, giving up just three hits and striking out three while walking two. The Angels led 1-0 after seven the strength of a third inning RBI single by Albert Pujols, who notched his 1,832nd career run batted in, tying him for 18th on the all-time list.
But things fell apart in the eighth, as the Blue Jays scored four, and got worse in the ninth as Toronto added two more. Most of the damage fell on Brook Pounders, who was touched for five hits and four runs in 1.1 innings, including two home runs.
For Toronto (6-12), Marcus Stroman (2-2) pitched a complete game, giving up seven hits and two runs. He walked one batter and struck out five. The Halos did get one more run in the ninth when Andrelton Simmons drove in Pujols, who had three hits. Mike Trout and Simmons each had a pair of hits.
Jesse Chavez will make the start for the Angels in Monday’s series finale against the Jays.