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Jered Weaver, Hank Conger pace Angels in 9-3 rout of Blue Jays

BaseballLos Angeles AngelsHank CongerJered WeaverMike TroutToronto Blue JaysIan Stewart
Angels will go for four-game series sweep on Monday
Jered Weaver improves to 4-0 with a 1.73 ERA in last five starts

For the first time in two years, the Angels are two games above .500.

Jered Weaver won his fourth consecutive decision and Hank Conger drove in a career-high five runs to spark the Angels to a 9-3 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Sunday.

The Angels go for a four-game series sweep on Monday. In the first three games of the series, each starting pitcher got into the seventh inning. The three starters -- Weaver, Garrett Richards and Tyler Skaggs -- combined to give up five earned runs in 21 1/3 innings on 13 hits and four walks with 15 strikeouts.

The Angels  (19-17) won for the eighth time in 12 games.

Weaver is 4-0 with a 1.73 earned-run average in his last five starts. He gave up two hits, one walk and one run in the first six innings -- Jose Reyes accounted for the run when he scored from second base on a ground ball to second -- then left after giving up two hits and one walk in the seventh inning. Michael Kohn, who inherited the bases-loaded, one-out jam, got a pop fly and strikeout to end the threat.

The Angels scored twice in the fourth inning, on back-to-back doubles by Efren Navarro and Conger. In  his first two major league games this season, Navarro has four hits - three of them doubles -- in eight at-bats.

In the fifth inning, Mike Trout doubled home a run. Trout struck out in his other four at-bats. In May, he is batting .118 with 12 strikeouts in 34 at-bats.

The Angels added four runs in the sixth inning, three on a home run by Conger and another on a triple by Ian Stewart. The hit snapped an 0-for-24 skid by Stewart.

Stewart now has three triples, tied for the major league lead and tied for his career high. Conger also singled home a run in the ninth inning; his five RBIs in a game was the first by an Angels catcher since Bobby Wilson in 2010.

For the first time this season, Toronto’s Jose Bautista did not reach base. His 37-game streak to start the season was the longest in the majors since Albert Pujols started the 2008 season with a 41-game streak for the St. Louis Cardinals.

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