Bautista homers, Blue Jays beat Angels to end 5-game skid
TORONTO (AP) Josh Donaldson traded some choice words with an old AL West foe as the Blue Jays snapped their longest losing streak of the season.
Jose Bautista homered and drove in three runs as the Blue Jays ended a five-game slide, beating the Los Angeles Angels 10-6 on Monday afternoon.
''We really needed that game,'' manager John Gibbons said. ''We'd been scuffling big time.''
After striking out in the sixth, Donaldson was caught on camera in the Toronto dugout yelling profanities across the field at Los Angeles pitching coach Mike Butcher, apparently upset that the Angels had argued about the strike zone during his at bat.
''I played against these guys for a long time, they know the competitor that I am,'' Donaldson said. ''I think we just got caught up in the heat of the moment.''
Butcher called Donaldson's outburst ''classless.''
Angels manager Mike Scioscia came out and complained to home plate umpire Manny Gonzalez after the exchange.
''A lot of guys in our dugout took exception to (Donaldson) yelling,'' Scioscia said. ''We weren't even talking to him. We were talking to the umpire.''
Both sides denied any bad blood dating to Donaldson's time in Oakland, where he spent his first five seasons.
''There was obviously something said to me and I don't just banter or go on a rant like that for anything,'' Donaldson said.
Bautista, Donaldson and Russell Martin, who had a go-ahead single in the sixth inning, each finished with three hits.
Albert Pujols, David Freese and Chris Iannetta hit solo homers for the Angels, who lost their second straight after winning the previous five. The Angels surrendered 10 runs for the first time since Sept. 19, 2014. They allowed more runs Monday than they had in their previous six games combined (9).
''On the pitching side this is probably our worst game of the year,'' Scioscia said.
A crowd of 29,306 watched at the Rogers Centre on Victoria Day, a Canadian holiday since the mid-1800s that celebrates Queen Victoria's birthday.
After Toronto loaded the bases in the sixth against Mike Morin (1-1), Martin's two-run single on a full-count pitch from Vinnie Pestano made it 6-5.
''He did a great job staying on that pitch,'' Iannetta said of Martin. ''It was a tough pitch on the black away.''
Danny Valencia followed with a two-run double.
Roberto Osuna (1-0) worked 1 2-3 innings for his first major league win.
Los Angeles had not given up more than three runs in any of its past six games, but fell behind 4-0 in the second as the Blue Jays got six straight hits against C.J. Wilson.
Ryan Goins, Donaldson and Edwin Encarnacion all hit RBI singles and Bautista added an RBI double.
Wilson allowed four runs and a season-worst 10 hits in five innings.
The slumping Blue Jays, whose 4.78 ERA entering play Monday was the worst in the AL, decided to give their starters an extra day of rest. Right-hander Todd Redmond was promoted from Triple-A Buffalo to replace of Aaron Sanchez, while veteran left-hander Jeff Francis was designated for assignment.
Redmond kept the Angels hitless until Pujols hit his seventh homer this season and 527th of his career in the fourth. Kole Calhoun doubled on Redmond's next pitch, went to third on Freese's single and scored on a wild pitch. Freese later scored on Iannetta's double.
Redmond allowed three runs and four hits in four innings.
The Angels took a 5-4 lead with two in the sixth off Ryan Tepera. Freese hit a leadoff homer and Johnny Giavotella added an RBI single.
Following the game, the Blue Jays recalled RHP Scott Copeland from Triple-A Buffalo. Copeland was 3-1 with a 2.43 ERA in six starts at Triple-A. A corresponding roster move will be announced Tuesday.
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In the fourth, Angels DH Marc Krauss fouled a ball into the seats behind third base, where it knocked a tray of drinks out of the hands of a stadium vendor.
Angels: Matt Joyce was scratched from the lineup and replaced by Krauss at DH.
Blue Jays: Bautista (right shoulder) made throws up to 40 feet before the game. He has been limited to DH duty since April 21 after straining his shoulder making a throw to first base.
Angels: LHP Hector Santiago (2-2, 2.41) pitches Tuesday at Toronto. He's coming off his first win in four starts, allowing one run over seven innings in a victory over Colorado. He's allowed one earned run or fewer in four of seven starts this season.
Blue Jays: RHP Aaron Sanchez (3-3, 4.26) allowed a career-worst five runs in a May 13 loss at Baltimore, losing for the first time since April 16.