Series: Game 4 of 4

Series tied 2-2 (as of 7/1)

Game 1: Thursday, June 28
LA Angels9Final
Game 2: Friday, June 29
LA Angels5Final
Game 3: Saturday, June 30
LA Angels2Final
Game 4: Sunday, July 1
LA Angels10Final

Angels 10

(44-35, 22-18 away)

Blue Jays 6

(40-39, 21-17 home)

    3:07 PM ET, July 1, 2012

    Rogers Centre, Toronto, Ontario 

    123456789 R H E
    LAA 100020034 10 13 3
    TOR 000002103 6 6 3

    W: J. Isringhausen (3-0)

    L: F. Cordero (3-5)

    Angels-Blue Jays Preview


    The Los Angeles Angels could use another stellar outing from C.J. Wilson following three poor pitching performances against the Toronto Blue Jays.

    Los Angeles hasn't lost a start made by Wilson in more than six weeks, and the left-hander will try to extend his win streak to six games during Sunday's series finale against the Blue Jays.

    After posting a 2.43 ERA during a 6-1 stretch, the Angels (43-35) have given up 25 runs while dropping two of three in Toronto. Their starters have yielded 21 of those runs, including 10 by Garrett Richards in 4 1/3 innings during an 11-2 loss Saturday.

    "That was a bad game. We're just going to turn the page on it," manager Mike Scioscia said after his team lost consecutive games for the first time since June 3-4. "We just got beat up today, and we've got to get better tomorrow."

    Yunel Escobar's homer was part of a seven-run second inning, matching the most the Blue Jays (40-38) have scored in one frame this season. Brett Lawrie added a three-run shot as part of a three-hit afternoon.

    Escobar is 5 for 12 with a team-best five RBIs during the series.

    Wilson (9-4, 2.36 ERA) would appear to be the right man to squelch Toronto's hitters as he's 5-0 with a 1.30 ERA over seven starts -- all Angels victories -- since losing to the Chicago White Sox on May 17.

    He won Tuesday despite allowing a homer for the first time in eight outings, as that was the only run he surrendered in seven innings of a 7-3 victory over Baltimore.

    Wilson was almost as effective in defeating the Blue Jays on May 5 in Anaheim, allowing two runs over eight innings and striking out nine in a 6-2 victory. However, he hasn't been nearly as good in two career starts at Toronto, going 0-2 with an 8.38 ERA.

    Jose Bautista has never gone deep off Wilson but is 3 for 8 against him. Bautista has seven of his major league-leading 26 homers over his last 12 games.

    Wilson will pitch opposite Aaron Laffey (0-0, 1.80), who was superb Tuesday in his first major league start since July 19, 2010.

    Laffey, called up from Triple-A Las Vegas on June 12, pitched six scoreless innings in Boston, giving up three hits and two walks. The Blue Jays' bullpen, however, couldn't hold a lead in the 5-1 defeat.

    "I've always done whatever the team needed me to do, but getting this opportunity is something I've been waiting for a couple of years now," Laffey said.

    The left-hander is making his first start versus the Angels since July 29, 2009. He hasn't fared well the last two times he started against them, going 0-2 with a 13.50 ERA.

    He's never had to face Mike Trout, who is tied for the AL lead with a .336 average but had an 11-game hitting streak snapped Saturday. He's gone hitless in back-to-back games just three times this season.

    Los Angeles hasn't lost three straight since May 19-21, with all of those defeats coming on the road. The Angels had won 14 of 15 away from home until a 7-5 loss Friday night.

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    Gameday Matchup

     Los AngelesToronto
    Current StreakL2W3
    Last 106-47-3

    Pitching Matchup

    Los AngelesToronto
    C. Wilson
    13-10, 3.83 ERA

    Last Game:
    10/1 at SEA
    6.1 IP, 2 ER
    Dec = Win
    A. Laffey
    4-6, 4.56 ERA

    Last Game:
    10/1 at TOR
    5.0 IP, 3 ER
    Dec = ND

    Gameday Lineups

    NO.Los AngelesToronto
    1. M. Trout, LF B. Lawrie, 3B
    2. T. Hunter, RF C. Rasmus, CF
    3. A. Pujols, 1B J. Bautista, DH
    4. M. Trumbo, LF E. Encarnacion, LF
    5. K. Morales, DH Y. Escobar, SS
    6. H. Kendrick, 2B B. Francisco, LF
    7. A. Callaspo, 3B R. Davis, RF
    8. E. Aybar, SS J. Arencibia, C
    9. J. Hester, C O. Vizquel, 2B

    Research Notes

    Erick Aybar, owned in just 38.3 percent of ESPN leagues, has been heating up, hitting .390 with five doubles, a home run, and seven runs scored from June 10-28, raising his season average from .215 to .254.

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