Angels sweep Blue Jays, head for Mexico

TYLER SKAGGS pitched six strong innings in the Angels’ 6-2 win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Thursday (Angels photo).

The Los Angeles Angels have been doing pretty well in Anaheim lately, having won six of seven games to rise in the American League West standings. But how will they do in Mexico?

On Saturday the Halos will start an 11-game road trip that will begin with two in Monterey, facing first the division-leading Houston Astros for two games. It’s part of Major League Baseball’s efforts to increase interest in the sport outside the United States.

“We can’t worry about that, man, we’re just going to go and play the game,” Albert Pujols said. “It doesn’t matter where we play. I’m going to Mexico to play in front of those fans who love the game of baseball. It gives them an opportunity to see a game that they can’t see [regularly].”

It could be a good time for the Halos to take on the top team in the ALW. The Angels are finally combining strong pitching with timely hitting.

On Thursday the Orange County team beat the Toronto Blue Jays 6-2 in Anaheim to sweep the series and improve to 15-17. That’s fourth place in the division, but just three games out of the lead and a half-game out of third.

Mike Trout had two hits – including a home run – and Kole Calhoun went deep, too, for two runs. Brian Goodwin had three hits. Pujols had two hits, but didn’t add to his historic RBI total of 1,998.

On the mound, Tyler Skaggs (3-2) had a good outing. He worked six innings, giving up four hits and two runs. He struck out five batters and walked three. His ERA is now down to a respectable 3.12.

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