Blue Jays rally in 9th inning for 4-3 win over Angels

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Alejandro Kirk scored on an error by right fielder Juan Lagares in the ninth inning and…

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Alejandro Kirk scored on an error by right fielder Juan Lagares in the ninth inning and the Toronto Blue Jays rallied for a 4-3 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Friday night.

Kirk started the ninth with a center single off Raisel Iglesias (1-3) and advanced to second on a sacrificial bunt. Lourdes Gurriel Jr. lined up a hit to right field to move Kirk to third, and he scored when Lagares misplayed the ball.

Gurriel had three hits and drove in a run, while Kirk had two hits for the Blue Jays, who won seven of 10.

Jared Walsh and Tyler Wade homered for the Angels, who missed injured Shohei Ohtani and Anthony Rendon from the starting lineup. Wade was in the lineup at third base in Rendon’s absence.

Ohtani came on as a batter in the ninth but was retired by Jordan Romano, who earned his 15th save. Trevor Richards (2-0) picked up the win.

Toronto starter Alek Manoah hit a season-high nine but allowed three runs on seven hits, including two home runs.

Los Angeles’ Chase Silseth went 4 1/3 innings and had two runs on six hits. The Angels have lost three straight.

Bo Bichette of Toronto started the second inning with a brace in the corner of right field. He went third on Teoscar Hernandez’s hit and scored when Kirk dug in on a double play.

The Angels responded late in the inning when Andrew Velazquez’s bloop single off the left field line led to Luis Rengifo tying it at 1. Rengifo came on board when he lined up a hit to center and advanced to the second when Raimel Tapia rolled it. between his legs for a mistake.

Walsh hit his 10th homer in the third inning when he hit a Manoah substitution that barely cleared the wall at center. Toronto led the fifth with three straight hits, including an RBI double from Gurriel Jr. tying it at 2-all.

Los Angeles regained the lead in the half on Wade’s solo shot to the right. It was Wade’s first homer since Sept. 26, 2020, when he was with the New York Yankees.

Toronto tied in the seventh on an RBI single from slugger Matt Chapman.

BARELY

Tapia was at third base with one out at fifth when George Springer hit a line drive that was foul but hit Tapia in the leg. After being reviewed by coaches, Tapia stayed in the game before being lifted for a pinch hitter in the seventh inning.

TOO STRATEGIC?

Toronto had four outfielders on most of Trout’s at-bats, with second baseman Cavan Biggio moving to right field. Trout made them pay with a brace down the left field line in the fifth inning.

Left fielder Gurriel threw the ball to second but no one covered, allowing Trout to advance to third on error. Trout appeared to give the Angels a 4-2 lead when he scored on a defenseman’s pick, but the replay overturned the call and ruled Bichette’s throw to Kirk made it in time.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Blue Jays: LHP Tayler Saucedo (right hip discomfort) continued his pitching progress passing from 120 feet.

Angels: Ohtani was out of lineup with back pain. …Rendon had an MRI of his right wrist after feeling increased pain.

NEXT

Blue Jays: LHP Yusei Kikuchi (2-1, 3.47 ERA) held opposing hitters to a .111 batting average in four starts in May.

Angels: RHP Michael Lorenzen (5-2, 3.05 ERA) has won his last two starts. He pitched six three-hit innings in his last outing on May 14 against Oakland.

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