Peter Bourjos and Vernon Wells powered the Los Angeles Angels to a 7-2 win over the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre on Wednesday night, the second straight win for the Halos. Dan Haren allowed one run in eight innings to pick up his 16th victory of the season, matching his career high, set in 2008 while with the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Since the beginning of the 2005 season, Haren leads all of baseball with 236 starts and is second only to CC Sabathia with 1573 innings pitched. He needs to pitch at least five innings in his final regular season start, next Monday against the Texas Rangers, to set a new career high in innings, beating last year's total of 235.
Bourjos tripled to lead off the third inning, and scored on a single by Maicer Izturis. It was the 10th triple of the year for Bourjos, making him the first Angels player ever with at least 25 doubles, 10 triples, 10 home runs, and 20 stolen bases. Bourjos then homered in the fifth, giving the Angels a 2-0 lead. He had three hits, falling a double short of the cycle, and a stolen base, and is hitting .272/.324/.444 on the season.
Wells hit a two run single against his former team in the sixth inning to widen the Halos' lead to 4-0, then added a two-run home run in the eighth inning. Izturis had three singles and two runs batted in, and Erick Aybar had a double and a single, reaching base for the 33rd straight game.
Ervin Santana starts for the Angels in the series finale on Thursday, facing Henderson Alvarez for Toronto.
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