TORONTO (AP) -- The Anaheim Angels can enjoy the All-Star break, knowing they finished the first half of the season strong.
They hope it carries over to the second half.
"We're going into the break with some momentum," Anaheim
starter John Lackey said. "We played really well on this road
trip. I think it's huge. You can rest a lot easier."
Kennedy went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI for the
Angels, who went 47-40 in the first half. They went 49-43 in the
first half last season after winning the World Series in 2002, but
went 28-42 the rest of the way and missed the playoffs.
"It's a different feeling this year," Kennedy said. "Last
year, we weren't playing as well as we are right now. Our whole
team is pretty much intact right now. The pitching staff has done
The Angels swept the Blue Jays for the first time since April
Lackey (7-8) improved to 4-1 in his last seven starts, allowing
two runs on six hits in 5 2/3 innings. He struck out five and
didn't walk a batter.
"We're getting good pitching. This is a good way to finish
before the break," Anaheim manager Mike Scioscia said.
"It seems when they weren't hitting the ball on the nose, they
were getting the ball off the end of the bat and it was falling
in," Toronto manager Carlos Tosca said.
The Angels came right back in the third when Kennedy hit a
leadoff triple and scored one out later on Chone Figgins' double to
tie it 2-2.
Kennedy doubled in the fifth and scored on Garret Anderson's RBI
single, giving Anaheim a 3-2 lead.
Actress Vivica A. Fox threw out the ceremonial first pitch.
... Toronto's Eric Hinske has hit in 13 straight games. ...
Toronto's Orlando Hudson ended an 0-for-21 slump with a single in
the sixth. ... Rodriguez, 22, will be the youngest player on the AL
All-Star team. Guerrero was also named to the team. ... The Blue
Jays hadn't been swept at home by the Angels since May 4-6, 1989.
... Kennedy grounded out in his last at-bat.