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Series: Game 1 of 4

Toronto leads 1-0 (as of 9/19)

Game 1: Monday, September 19
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Game 2: Tuesday, September 20
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Game 3: Wednesday, September 21
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Game 4: Thursday, September 22
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(83-70, 39-39 away)

Blue Jays 3

(78-75, 41-37 home)

    7:07 PM ET, September 19, 2011

    Rogers Centre, Toronto, Ontario 

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    W: C. Janssen (6-0)

    L: S. Downs (6-3)

    Angels fall 5 back of Rangers as Blue Jays earn walk-off win

    Associated Press

    TORONTO -- After two costly mistakes, the Los Angeles Angels needed a perfect play to save the game. For once, their typically sparkling defense wasn't up to the task.

    Adam Lind drove in the winning run with a grounder in the 10th inning and the Blue Jays beat the Angels 3-2 on Monday night before a small crowd in Toronto.

    Two errors led to three unearned runs and extra infielder Torii Hunter couldn't cut down the winning run at the plate as the Blue Jays improved to 10-0 at home in extra innings.

    "There were some things on the defensive side that definitely swung the momentum of the game," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said.

    Hunter and Mark Trumbo homered for the Angels but Los Angeles lost for the third time in four games, further denting its chances of reaching the playoffs. The Angels trail first-place Texas by five games in the AL West and are behind both Boston and Tampa Bay in the wild-card race.

    "We'd better step our game up if we want it," Hunter said.

    The Angels wrap up their road schedule with three more in Toronto before going home Friday. Oakland visits for three over the weekend and the season ends with a three-game series against the first-place Rangers starting next Monday.

    "All is not lost," Hunter said. "We just need to be within three come Monday."

    The crowd of 11,178 was Toronto's second-smallest of the season, and well short of the 18,556 who showed up just down the street to watch the NHL's Toronto Maple Leafs open their preseason schedule against the Ottawa Senators.

    The Blue Jays drew a season-low 11,077 fans for an April 5 game against Oakland.

    Mike McCoy reached on shortstop Erick Aybar's error to begin the bottom of the 10th and Eric Thames followed with a single to center off left-hander Scott Downs (6-3).

    After Thames was forced at second on Jose Bautista's fielder's choice, Scioscia brought in Hunter from right field to serve as an extra infielder. Lind hit a grounder that Hunter fielded between first and second but his throw to the plate was low and wide, allowing McCoy to slide in safely.

    "They got me to roll it over, but I hit it to someone used to being 300 feet away, not 90 feet," Lind said. "I know he's got a lot of Gold Gloves, but they were as an outfielder. I guess I hit it to the right area."

    Hunter, who has been brought into the infield before, said he had almost no margin for error on the pivotal throw.

    "Tough play, man," a frustrated Hunter said. "My momentum was carrying me to my left. I had everything going on. The base runner was in my way, Trumbo got in my way and my momentum just wouldn't let me set my feet.

    "It had to be right there, it had to be perfect," Hunter added.

    Hunter threw out Thames at second base in the fifth, his career-best 15th outfield assist.

    Casey Janssen (6-0) pitched around a leadoff double in the 10th to earn the win.

    Hunter led off the second with a homer to center, his 21st, but Toronto answered with two runs in the fourth.

    Angels right-hander Jerome Williams walked Edwin Encarnacion to begin the inning, and Kelly Johnson followed with a bouncer to the mound. Williams made a barehanded grab but threw wildly to second, allowing Encarnacion to advance on the error.

    "He just rushed the throw to second," Scioscia said. "You really just need to set your feet for the play at second and get an out on that ball."

    Brett Lawrie walked to load the bases before Colby Rasmus grounded into a double play, but J.P. Arencibia followed with a two-run single to right.

    The Angels tied it in the fifth when Trumbo led off with his 28th homer.

    Making his fifth start of the season, Williams allowed two runs -- none earned -- in 6 1/3 innings. He walked three and struck out three.

    Hisanori Takahashi pitched one inning of relief, but was replaced by Bobby Cassevah after Thames drew a one-out walk in the eighth. Bautista grounded into a fielder's choice, with second baseman Howie Kendrick making a fine play to get Thames at second, and Lind grounded out to end the inning.

    Toronto starter Ricky Romero matched a career-high by working nine innings. The left-hander allowed two runs and six hits, walked none and struck out five.

    Twenty of the 27 outs recorded by Romero came on ground balls.

    "They came out swinging and it worked to my advantage because that sinker was working today and they kept pounding it into the ground," Romero said.

    Game notes


    Los Angeles is 8-12 in extra innings. ... Angels rookie OF Mike Trout (sore left calf) did not start. ... Blue Jays SS Yunel Escobar (left elbow) missed his seventh straight game. Escobar, who played catch and ran on the field before the game, has not played since being hit by a pitch from Baltimore's Rick VandenHurk on Sept. 10. ... Thames started for Toronto one day after being cut on the right eyelid by a foul tip.

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    Game Information

    StadiumRogers Centre, Toronto, ON
    Attendance11,178 (22.7% full) - % is based on regular season capacity
    Game Time2:49
    Weatherindoors
    UmpiresHome Plate - Marvin Hudson, First Base - Brian Runge, Second Base - Ted Barrett, Third Base - Tim Mcclelland