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Angels power past Blue Jays, 9-3

Hank Conger hits a three-run home run to lead Angels past Toronto Blue Jays, 9-3

KEY MOMENT: In the sixth inning, Hank Conger hit a three-run home run, extending the Angels' lead to 6-1. Conger also doubled home a run in the fourth inning and singled home a run in the ninth, giving him the first five-RBI game of his career and the first for an Angels catcher since Bobby Wilson in 2010. In the Angels' 36 games, Conger and fellow catcher Chris Iannetta have combined for six home runs and 27 runs batted in. The Angels have gotten more RBIs from their catchers than any American League team. "I think we complement each other," Conger said. "We push for each other to do well. … It's been good as far as keeping both of us fresh."

AT THE PLATE: Howie Kendrick moved into the American League's top 10 in batting with a three-hit game that improved his average to .314. Kendrick also stole two bases, giving him nine steals this season, on pace for 41. His career high: 14. Mike Trout had a run-scoring double but struck out in each of his other four at-bats. He is batting .118 in May, and is tied for the AL lead with 46 strikeouts.

ON THE MOUND: The Angels have won the first three games of this series, with the Angels starter getting into the seventh inning in each one. Jered Weaver gave up one run and four hits over 61/3 innings, winning his fourth consecutive decision. Michael Kohn inherited a one-out, bases-loaded jam in the seventh inning, getting a pop fly and strikeout to strand all three runners. Hector Santiago, in his first appearance since the Angels demoted him from the starting rotation, faced two batters and retired both.

MOTHERLY LOVE: Angels rookie reliever Michael Morin surprised his mom with a trip to Toronto for Mother's Day. She arrived from her Kansas City home on Saturday night, and she leaves Monday morning, so Sunday's game would be the only one she would see here. Morin worked the ninth inning, retired the Blue Jays in order, then got the game ball and presented it to his mom.

BROTHERLY BOND: The Angels could have given that ninth inning to reliever Cory Rasmus, whose brother Colby, a Toronto outfielder, was due up second. With a six-run lead, did Scioscia consider using Cory Rasmus so he could face his brother? "For that reason? No," Scioscia said. The brother-against-brother at-bat would have made for a happy gift for their mother, although Scioscia noted both brothers could not have succeeded simultaneously. "She was going to be disappointed one way or the other," Scioscia said.

WHO'S ON THIRD: The Angels might replace third baseman Ian Stewart on the roster Monday with Luis Jimenez, whom they removed midway through his game Sunday at triple-A Salt Lake. Stewart left Sunday's game in the seventh inning after he was hit on the left hand by a pitch, a swinging strike, with his hand on the bat. Although X-rays were negative, the Angels did not rule out putting him on the disabled list. Stewart ended a skid at 0 for 24 with a triple, his third of the season. The three triples ties him for the major league lead and ties his career high. He struck out in his other two at-bats, giving him 31 strikeouts in 68 at-bats this season.

UP NEXT: The Angels' C.J. Wilson (4-2, 3.21 ERA) vs. the Blue Jays' Mark Buehrle (6-1, 1.91) on Monday at 4 p.m. PDT at Rogers Centre. TV: FS West; Radio: 830, 1330.

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