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Angels’ hitters come to life in blowout victory in Toronto

TORONTO — The Angels’ offence, er, offense came to life on the first day of their weekend in Canada.

After scoring just 12 runs in the first seven games of this trip, the Angels nearly doubled that total in a 12-0 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday night.

The Angels have struggled to produce runs all season, so games like this one have been rare. They hadn’t scored more than seven since July 30 and they hadn’t won a game by more than six since July 24.

After the Angels loaded the bases without scoring in the first, they unloaded in the second.

Jo Adell reached on an infield single, Ryan Aguilar drew a walk in his first big league plate appearance, and Andrew Velazquez reached on a bunt single to load the bases with no outs. David Fletcher hit one off the top of the wall in left field, doubling home two runs.

Mike Trout then struck out, but Shohei Ohtani followed with a two-run triple off the fence in right-center. Luis Rengifo punched an opposite-field single into left to drive in Ohtani.

In the third, Velazquez hit a two-run homer, his seventh of the season.

Adell tacked on a run with his fifth homer of the season – his first since Aug. 4 – in the seventh inning. Adell then hit a two-run homer against infielder Whit Merrifield in the ninth and finished 4 for 5 with three RBIs and three runs scored.

Trout hit a two-run homer in the eighth, his 27th of the season. He now holds the Angels’ all-time runs record, with 1,025. He passed Garret Anderson.

The outburst provided plenty of cushion for Reid Detmers, who worked 5-1/3 scoreless innings.



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