Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 8/2/13
After turning up on the wrong end of three straight nailbiters in Texas the Angels returned home to Anaheim and eliminated all the suspense early from Thursday's game against the Toronto Blue Jays. A four-run first inning set the tone as the Angels won 8-2 before an announced crowd of 37179 at Angel Stadium. Kole Calhoun Mark Trumbo Chris Nelson Erick Aybar and Chris Iannetta had two hits in the Angels' 12-hit attack. The Angels scored seven runs off Blue Jays starter Josh Johnson (1-8) in just 2 1/3 innings. Maybe that was more an indication of Johnson's struggles than the Angels' new-look lineup but a team desperate for victories won't analyze its fate. Johnson who has maintained a thin grip on his spot in the Jays' rotation through a series of injuries saw his earned-run average rise to 6.60. The Angels batted around against the veteran right-hander in the first inning and new leadoff man Kole Calhoun was already 2 for 2 with a pair of runs and a walk when Johnson was removed in the third inning down 7-0. That made for a fairly easy outing for Garrett Richards (3-4) The 25-year-old right hander made another strong case to remain a starter allowing two runs and four hits in seven innings. Richards took Joe Blanton's spot in the rotation last Saturday in Oakland and now has a 1.50 earned-run average in two starts since.
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