By Pete Zarustica
On Wednesday night in Toronto, the Los Angeles Angels did to the Blue Jays what other teams have been doing to them in the Halos’ recent slump: come from behind and shred their opponents’ relief corps.
They did all that and more in defeating the home team 5-4. The win put the Angels’ record at 27-22 and still in third place in the American League West, 4.5 games back of the first place Houston Astros.
Andrelton Simmons and Shohei Ohtani each drove in two runs in the top of the ninth to put the Halos ahead 5-3. After Angel reliever Blake Parker gave up three hits and one run in the bottom of the inning, the Jays had two runners on with none out.
Teoscar Hernandez hit a high fly ball to right and after Calhoun made the catch, Curtis Granderson tagged up at third and raced for home. But Calhoun fired a strike to catcher Martin Maldonado, who tagged the runner out for a double play.
Parker then struck out Justin Smoak and the Angels had the win. The win went to Jim Anderson (1-1) in relief of Tyler Skaggs, who pitched well in five innings but was stung by two home runs.
The series with the Blue Jays will wrap up on Thursday, and then the Halos will travel to the Big Apple for a three-game series with the New York Yankees Friday through Sunday.