On a day the offense stirred, the
The Angels, who rank at or near the bottom of the major leagues in several offensive categories, banged out 12 hits in the opener of a four-game series in the Rogers Centre, including home runs by
The Angels came back from a 4-0 deficit with three runs in the fourth, a rally highlighted by Pujols' leadoff homer deep into the second deck in left field — his seventh of the season and 527th of his career — and Iannetta's run-scoring double to right-center, which pulled the Angels to within 4-3.
The Angels took a 5-4 lead in the top of the sixth, a rally that started with Freese’s leadoff homer to right, his seventh of the season. Iannetta, who entered with a .123 average, doubled to left, and
Wilson recovered from his rocky second inning to blank the Blue Jays on two hits from the third through fifth innings. He was pulled with a pitch count of 98 to start the sixth.
But an Angels bullpen that allowed only one earned run over the last 18 1/3 innings of seven games collapsed in the bottom of the sixth. No. 9 hitter Ryan Goins reached on a one-out single off Morin, and after
Morin looked displeased with some of home-plate umpire Manny Gonzalez’s strike zone, and at one point during the Bautista at-bat, Gonzalez strolled toward the Angels dugout and went jaw to jaw with Manager
Scioscia pulled Morin in favor of Pestano, who had limited right-handed hitters to three hits in 19 at-bats this season but hadn't pitched since May 9.