Homers help Halos to ground Blue Jays

MIKE TROUT hit his 15th home run of the year in the Angels’ 8-1 win over the Blue Jays on Thursday (Flickr/Keith Allison).

Powered by home runs by Mike Trout and Albert Pujols, the Los Angeles Angels defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 8-1 on Thursday to win the series at two games to one at Rogers Centre.

The win put the Angels’ record at 28-22 and sends them into a series with the New York Yankees (31-15) in the Big Apple with a modest two-game winning streak.

It was Trout’s 15th homer of the season, the seventh for Pujols, and Martin Maldonado drove in three runs.

That was all in support of starter Nick Tropeano (2-3), who pitched 7.1 innings, giving up four hits and one run. He struck out six, walked one and a yielded one home run to Dwight Smith in the bottom of the sixth.

“Nick was terrific,” manager Mike Scioscia said. “I think as the game went on into probably the mid-innings, his fastball got some more life to it, so he got stronger as the game went on. I thought he had a good combination, using all his off-speed pitches. There were some stretches where he got behind some hitters and had to try to get back into counts, but outside of that, that’s a great effort.”

The Halos scored in six of the nine innings, including two in the top of the ninth. They had 12 hits overall, of which seven were for extra bases.

Andrew Heaney (2-3) will take the mound for the Angels, while the Yanks counter with Luis Severino (7-1).

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