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The offense returns, Jays beat Angels

Game one of the battle of the MVP candidates goes to Donaldson.

Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

Blue Jays 9 Angels 2

Well the offense seems to have returned, at least for tonight.

Another great start from David Price. He went 8 innings, allowed just 6 hits, 2 earned, 1 walk with 9 strikeouts. He gave up a solo home runs to Kole Calhoun in the 8th, but really was never in trouble all game. And he kept Mike Trout to an 0 for 3 with a walk and 2 strikeouts and Albert Pujols to an 0 for 4

Mark Lowe pitched a quick 9th, striking out the side.

The offense got off to a quick start, scoring 3 in the first inning, helped along by 4 walks given out by Angels starter Hector Santiago and a Shane Victorino error in left. The Jays batted around, in the inning, and only had 1 hit, single by Ben Revere.

We scored another run in the 4th, Revere led off with a single and, after two outs, Josh Donaldson doubled him home.

One more in the 6th. this time Revere started the inning off with a double, was moved to third by a very nice Cliff Pennington bunt (he almost beat it out). I hate bunts with runners on second, but if you are going to do it, might as well put down a good bunt. Donaldson scored Ben with a sac fly.

Two scored in the 7th, Edwin Encarnacion popped one up, down the right field line and the Angels second baseman over ran it and had it drop for a single. Justin Smoak followed with a homer.

And we had 1 in the 8th on back-to-back doubles by Troy Tulowitzki and Donaldson.

We added 1 more in the 9th, just for the fun of it. With 2-outs, Kevin Pillar doubled and Revere singled him home.

We had 11 hits. Revere went 4 for 5, with a double. His best game yet as a Jay.

It was a tough night for the Angels defense, they made 2 errors and made a couple of other misplays, giving the Jays hits. They really didn't look like a team in the playoff hunt, but it was just one game. Josh Donaldson had 2 doubles and a walk, with 3 RBI.. Everyone else, in the starting lineup, had a hit except for Jose Bautista and Cliff Pennington.

But Pennington made a very nice play on defense:

Jays of the Day: Price (.190 WPA), Martin (.110 for a 1 for 4 with a walk) and Donaldson (.103). Kevin Pillar had the number too, at .132, but that was mostly on the Victorino error. I'm going to give one to Revere for his 4 hit night.

No Suckage Jays.

Tomorrow it is another night game. I was thinking or I guess hoping, it would be a day game.

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