ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Bartolo Colon has been on and off in his
first year with the Angels.
Anaheim's burly right-hander was on Tuesday night, pitching
seven strong innings in a 5-2 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays.
The win was the Angels' fourth straight and pulled them within
1½ games of AL West leader Oakland, which lost 7-1 to Boston.
"Bart had good life on the ball, mixed in a few offspeed
pitches, but mostly spotted his fastball on both sides of the
plate," Anaheim manager Mike Scioscia said.
Colon had a 5-8 record early in July, but has bounced back to
win nine of his last 12 decisions.
"He's a horse. He can pitch deep into games," Scioscia said.
Colon (14-11) limited the Blue Jays to six hits, with seven
strikeouts and two walks. Gregg Zaun hit a two-run homer, his
fifth, off him in the seventh.
"We used some body language to keep it fair," Scioscia said
with a grin. "That gave us some cushion."
Figgins' fifth homer made it 4-0, and Garret Anderson added a
solo shot, his 12th, off Bush in the sixth.
Figgins said that, while the Angels need to concentrate on what
they're doing, they couldn't help but note that the Athletics had
"Boston's kind of putting the hurt on everybody," he said.
The Red Sox swept the Angels in a three-game series in Boston
Rodriguez struck out Orlando Hudson for his 110th strikeout of
the season, a club record for a reliever. The old mark was 109 by
DeWayne Buice in 1987.
Bush (3-4) gave up five runs, four earned, in 5 2/3 innings. He
allowed nine hits and had no strikeouts or walks in what was his
12th big league start.
Colon stranded a pair of runners in both the first and second
"We had a couple of chances early. It just shows that, against
great pitchers, you either get them early or they get you," said
John Gibbons, Toronto's interim manager.
Hudson made it to second on Vladimir Guerrero's fielding error
in right field in the sixth inning, then stole third with one out.
But Colon struck out Carlos Delgado on a 95 mph fastball, then
ended the inning by getting Alexis Rios to fly out to center.
The Angels, 16-5 in their last 21 games, went ahead to stay when
they scored twice in the fourth inning.
Guerrero doubled home David Eckstein, who had singled, stolen
second and gone to third on Darin Erstad's groundout to first.
Guerrero then scored from second when Troy Glaus hit hard grounder
down the line with two outs. Third baseman Eric Hinske made a fine
diving stop, but threw wildly to first for an error.
Figgins' one-out home run came after Adam Kennedy led off the
fifth with a single.
LF Jose Guillen was back in the Angels' lineup for the
first time since leaving Friday night's game with a sore right
wrist. Guillen went 1-for-4 in the win over the Blue Jays. ... RHP
Ben Weber, who has struggled this year, was granted his
unconditional release by the Angels, allowing the reliever to
become a free agent. ... The Angels' victory game them a 4-3 series
edge over the Blue Jays with two games remaining this year. Toronto
went 7-2 against Anaheim last season.