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Escobar returns to shut out Jays

TORONTO (AP) -- Kelvim Escobar dominated his former team like no
other pitcher has this season.

Escobar and two relievers combined on a four-hitter and Tim
Salmon homered to lead the Los Angeles Angels to a 3-0 victory over
the Toronto Blue Jays on Saturday.

Toronto was shut out for the first time this season.

"They might be the hottest lineup in baseball right now and for
us to get a game from Escobar like that, it's big for us," Los
Angeles manager Mike Scioscia said. "He pitched a terrific game."

Escobar (4-2) allowed just three hits, while striking out six
and walking two in 6 2/3 innings.

"That's as good as you can probably get right there," Toronto
catcher Bengie Molina said.

Escobar appeared headed for his first shutout, but he left after
Shea Hillenbrand lined a ball off his right leg for a hit in the
seventh.

He doesn't think it will be a problem in his next start.

"It hit me pretty good. It got me above the ankle. My foot went
numb right away and I couldn't continue," Escobar said. "I just
have to ice it."

Scot Shields followed with 1 1/3 perfect innings and Francisco
Rodriguez pitched the ninth for his ninth save in 10 chances.

Escobar spent seven seasons with Toronto before signing with the
Angels after the 2003 season. He is 2-1 with a 1.35 ERA in three
career starts against Toronto.

"I had fun here. It was my first team. It's always good to get
a 'W' against your former team," Escobar said.

Salmon went 2-for-3 with an intentional walk in his first start
in right field since July 25, 2004. He missed all of last season
because of shoulder and knee injuries.

"Hey, I'm just thankful for anything that comes along these
days. If it's DHing or pinch-hitting or playing the field once a
month, I'll take it and enjoy it," Salmon said.

Salmon homered off Ted Lilly (3-2) in the fourth to give Los
Angeles a 1-0 lead.

He entered the game in a 3-for-24 slump. The Angels had lost
seven of their last eight because of a struggling offense.

Scioscia said Salmon likely won't play the outfield for some
time.

"It might take him a month to recover, but we'll get him out
there again if we get a chance," Scioscia said.

Lilly looked sharp but took the loss, allowing two runs and five
hits in seven innings.

After walking Orlando Cabrera in the sixth, Lilly struck out
Vladimir Guerrero before intentionally walking Salmon to face Robb
Quinlan, who lined an RBI single into left field.

Cabrera walked again in the eighth and scored on Guerrero's RBI
double.

Game notes
Toronto manager John Gibbons said they might place C Gregg
Zaun on the 15-day disabled list if he's too sore to play in the
coming days. Zaun has a sore right calf. He began on the year on
the DL with the injury. ... Los Angeles left fielder Chone Figgins
robbed Vernon Wells of a hit with a sliding catch in the seventh.
... Figgins stole his 10th base of the season. ... Toronto RHP
Francisco Rosario pitched a scoreless eighth in his major league
debut.