TORONTO (AP) -- Toronto's new-look offense keeps coming up big.
Toronto catcher Bengie Molina went 1-for-4 in his first game
against his former team. Angels starter Ervin Santana plunked
Molina with a pitch in the fifth, prompting a smile from Bengie's
brother Jose, the Angels' catcher. Troy Glaus went 3-for-4 in his
first game against his ex-club, and the Blue Jays finished with 17
"This is what we do. We can hit the ball. If we can pitch we
are going to be all right," Bengie Molina said.
The Blue Jays have scored seven or more runs in 13 of their 15
victories. Toronto added Molina, Glaus and Lyle Overbay in the
Adams, who ended an 0-for-15 slide with a go-ahead double
Wednesday night, hit a three-run homer off Esteban Yan in the
seventh. Frank Catalanotto also homered for the Blue Jays, who tied
a season-high for runs.
"It's unbelievable. We have good plans, good ideas at the
plate," Catalanotto said. "The whole hitting group is on the same
page. It's fun to watch. It really is. There are a lot of guys in
the lineup that are having really good years."
Alex Rios went 3-for-4, raising his average to .402. After Rios
singled and advanced to second on a passed ball in the sixth,
shortstop Orlando Cabrera jokingly rubbed him -- hoping his hot
streak would rub off on him.
"We have been swinging it all year," Toronto manager John
Gustavo Chacin (5-1) allowed two runs and six hits in 5 1-3
innings, sending the Angels to their seventh loss in eight games.
Santana (2-1) gave up six runs, nine hits and four walks in four
"They hit good. Our offense is a little down right now,"
The Angels had managed only 10 runs in five games before
Thursday's victory over Detroit, and are 1-11 when scoring three
runs or fewer.
"Everybody is scuffling a little bit right now. We're kind of
banging our heads against the wall," Adam Kennedy said.
Vernon Wells' RBI double and Glaus' sacrifice fly put Toronto
ahead in the first, and Rios made it 3-0 with an RBI single in the
fourth. Shea Hillenbrand hit a two-run triple in the fifth and
scored on Adams' sacrifice fly.
Run-scoring doubles by Cabrera and Vladimir Guerrero cut the
lead to 6-2 in the sixth, but Catalanotto homered in the bottom
Jesse Barfield, came out on the field between innings and
received a standing ovation. Barfield spent nine seasons with the
Blue Jays. ... Wells has reached base in a major league high 28
games this season. ... Santana is 0-3 on the road. ... The Blue
Jays have won 18 of their last 25 against the Angels.