TORONTO (AP) -- Bartolo Colon desperately needed to pitch a game
Colon pitched seven strong innings for his second win in his
last 11 starts, and Vladimir Guerrero drove in three runs to lead
the Anaheim Angels to a 5-4 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on
Colon (6-8) entered with the highest ERA among AL starters at
6.57. The 31-year-old right-hander, who signed a four-year, $51
million contract during the offseason, allowed four runs -- three
earned -- on five hits and lowered his ERA to 6.38.
Asked how much he needed it, Colon said: "A lot, a lot. Not
only for the team, but also for me. I want to do my part. Thank God
I was able to do it."
Colon, who struck out four and walked none, took the advice of
third base coach Ron Roenicke, who urged Colon to use his changeup
more against right-handers.
"It think that helped a lot," Colon said through an
Before the game, Toronto manager Carlos Tosca said Colon was
throwing about 10 mph slower than he used to.
"He changed his pattern a little bit. He threw more two-seamers
than four-seamers," Tosca said after the game.
"That was the best stuff I've had since the first three weeks
of the season, but I was more excited for Bartolo because he really
needed that," Percival said. "He had one rough inning, but
finished with seven strong innings."
Reigning AL Cy Young award winner Roy Halladay (7-6) gave up
five runs on a career-high 12 hits -- all singles -- in six innings.
Halladay walked one, and has walked 33 batters -- one more than last
"I felt kind of worn down," Halladay said. "I made some
mistakes that I paid for."
Eric Hinske homered for the Blue Jays, who were coming off a
three-game sweep of Seattle.
David Eckstein and Chone Figgins led off the game with
consecutive singles before Garret Anderson hit an RBI single.
Guerrero followed with an RBI grounder, and Jose Guillen hit a
run-scoring single under the glove of shortstop Chris Woodward,
giving Anaheim a 3-0 lead.
Alex Rios' two-run triple and Colon's run-scoring fielding error
tied it in the second.
Guerrero's two-run single in the fourth gave Anaheim a 5-3 lead.
Hinske homered in the sixth to make it 5-4.
Anaheim outhit Toronto 16-5. ... Toronto second baseman
Orlando Hudson is in an 0-for-19 slump. ... The Angels lost their
previous six games at SkyDome. ... Anaheim RHP Kelvin Escobar will
face his former team for the first time Saturday.