ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) – Justin Upton and Phil Gosselin each had two and two RBIs, and the Los Angeles Angels defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 6-3 on Tuesday in Game 1 of an unusual doubles schedule.
The opening of a four-game series featuring the top two home hitters in the majors produced no long runs from Shohei Ohtani or Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Ohtani, who leads the majors with 37 home runs, was 0 for 3 with an intentional walk. Guerrero, who has 35 homers, has been without a hitting in four appearances at bat.
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Toronto struck last and was the “home” team at Angel Stadium in Game 1, an April 11 rain makeup on the Blue Jays’ temporary field at the start of the season in Dunedin, Fla. In the last drink regularly scheduled, the Angels will be the home team.
Guerrero had a huge error on the pitch when he misplayed Jo Adell’s popup in the fifth inning. He couldn’t follow the ball behind the opening goal and dropped it from his glove as two runs scored to take Los Angeles’ lead to 4-1.
Upton put the Angels on the board with a two-run single in the third. After the Blue Jays went 4-3 in the fifth, Gosselin provided some confidence with a two-run single in the sixth.
Los Angeles right-hander Chris Rodriguez allowed just one run in four innings on his first career start at Angel Stadium. He allowed six hits with two walks and two strikeouts.
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Junior Guerra (3-2) took the win with a scoreless sixth goal, and Raisel Iglesias retired the team in the seventh for his 25th save.
Both games were scheduled for seven innings under pandemic rules.
Marcus Semien had three hits, including a double from an RBI in the third to bring the Blue Jays to 2-1.
Steven Matz (9-7) scored 4 1/3 innings for Toronto. He was charged with four runs (two earned) and six hits. The left-hander struck out five and walked three.
Toronto closed at 4-3 in the fifth when Semien scored on Teoscar Hernandez’s single. Corey Dickerson followed with a triple RBI down center left.
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