Escobar tosses nine Ks vs. old team

TORONTO (AP) -- Kelvim Escobar enjoyed the run support more than
beating his former team.

Bengie Molina hit a grand slam during a seven-run seventh inning
and Escobar had nine strikeouts, leading the Anaheim Angels over
the Toronto Blue Jays 11-2 Saturday.

Escobar entered the game having received just 3.5 runs of
support per start, fourth fewest among AL starters with at least 10

"It was great. There were some guys that were more happy than
me because they know it's been tough," Escobar said. "When the
game was over the guys were pumped up, they were like 'Kelvim, we
got 11 runs for you."

Escobar (5-5) allowed two runs on five hits and two walks in 5
1/3 innings. He signed a three-year, $18.75 million deal last
winter after spending his first seven seasons with Toronto.

"I couldn't sleep last night. I was thinking about the game,"
said Escobar, who acknowledged it was special to beat the Blue
Jays. "I guarantee, you can ask anybody, when you face your former
team and get a win, it feels good."

Tim Salmon got his first hit against a left-hander this season
by doubling off Ted Lilly in the fifth -- ending an 0-for-40

"We were going to get him the ball," Anaheim manager Mike
Scioscia joked.

Salmon admitted it was weighing on him.

"It was one of those weird, crazy things that happen in this
game," Salmon said.

Lilly got the first two batters of the seventh out, but the next
nine reached. After Lilly gave up a triple to Chone Figgins and
walked a batter, Kerry Ligtenberg relieved and allowed all six
batters he faced to reach.

Vladimir Guerrero and Jose Guillen hit RBI singles in the
inning, and Ligtenberg walked Jeff DaVanon with the bases loaded
before Molina hit his second career slam, giving Anaheim a 11-2

Bob File came on and hit a batter before getting the final out
of the inning.

"If you give up one or two you've still got a chance. The grand
slam was the big blow," Toronto manager Carlos Tosca said.

Toronto's Josh Phelps hit an RBI double in the first, but the
Angels scored four runs in the fifth on David Eckstein's RBI single
and Figgins' three-run double.

Reed Johnson cut it to 4-2 with an RBI double in the bottom

Lilly (7-6) didn't allow a base runner until Garret Anderson
singled with two outs in the fourth, but he ended up giving up six
runs on six hits in 6 2/3 innings.

Game notes
Molina hit his other grand slam on July 2, 2002, versus
Colorado. ... Ligtenberg's ERA went from 4.30 to 5.83. ... Toronto
third baseman Eric Hinske has hit in 12 straight ... The Angels are
4-1 on their six-game trip.