Pujols' milestone, Shoemaker key rout of Jays

Pujols' milestone, Shoemaker key rout of Jays

TORONTO -- Mike Trout and Albert Pujols each homered as the Angels scored early and often to back six scoreless innings from Matt Shoemaker during an 8-2 victory over the Blue Jays on Wednesday night at Rogers Centre.

The Angels scored two in the first and three in the second and never looked back. Trout and Pujols combined to go 7-for-8 with four RBIs, while catcher Jett Bandy chipped in with a four-hit night. Pujols' homer was the 584th of his career, passing former Cardinals teammate Mark McGwire for sole possession of 10th all-time.

"Anytime you play well, you hope your team starts gathering confidence and gaining confidence," said Angels manager Mike Scioscia. "That's a good club we played and we did a good job on the offensive end."

Shoemaker allowed three hits, struck out three and walked one during his fourth quality start in five outings this month. The win also snapped an 11-game road losing streak, with their previous road win coming July 26 at Kansas City. The 11-game slide on the road was the Angels' longest since a 14-game streak April 29-June 8, 1969.

Must C: Pujols' 584th career HR

"It's always good to have a lead," Shoemaker said. "It's always nice knowing, that's in the back of your mind, 'Hey we've got a two-run lead' or whatever it is. The game plan is to attack the hitters, but then when you have the lead, same thing, attack the hitters, stay aggressive."

Pujols passes Big Mac with 584th HR

Marco Estrada struggled early for the Blue Jays and never found his groove. He surrendered a season-high 10 hits and allowed at least one runner to reach scoring position during every inning he was on the mound. The six earned runs also were a season high and the most Estrada has allowed in one start since June 20, 2014.

Despite the loss, the Blue Jays remained tied for first in the American League East after the Red Sox lost to the Rays, 4-3, in 11 innings.

Toronto's offense also was extremely quiet. Michael Saunders doubled in the second and the Blue Jays put a pair of runners on base in the fourth, but those were the only serious scoring opportunities off Shoemaker.

Bandy on four-hit game

"He got a lead so he could probably sit back and relax a little bit more," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said of Shoemaker. "He kept us off-balanced. That's what he is -- he's one of those guys that will come at you and throw anything at any time. He did a nice job, really."

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Back-to-back: Trout and Pujols got the Angels on the board in the first inning with back-to-back home runs. Trout put Estrada's 3-2 pitch into the seats for his 24th homer of the season. Pujols followed it up with his milestone homer, and finished 4-for-4 with three RBIs.

Trout, Pujols go back-to-back

Coming up short: The Blue Jays fell behind early because of their woes on the mound, but the bats also missed a couple of opportunities to get back in the game. In the fourth, Toronto put its first two runners of the game on base only to see Russell Martin fly out to deep right-center, Troy Tulowitzki strike out and Kevin Pillar fly out to center. The Blue Jays started the game 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position before Martin's RBI single in the eighth spoiled the Angels' shutout bid.

"It's one of those games," Gibbons said. "They outplayed us. Every phase of it. It's not the first, won't be the last."

Martin's RBI single

Three spot: The Halos didn't let up in the second. Kole Calhoun delivered a one-out RBI double, and Pujols' sacrifice fly two batters later gave the Angels a 5-0 lead. More >

Calhoun's RBI double

Not so easy for Estrada: Estrada allowed at least two home runs in the first inning for the third time in his career. He also did that on June 15, 2014, against the Reds, and May 11, 2015, against the Orioles. Of the 20 home runs Estrada has surrendered this year, six have come in the first inning, which is three more than any other frame.

"Obviously, it's not something I want to keep doing," said Estrada, who has allowed 11 runs over his last two starts. "The last two outings haven't gone well, but these things happen. I just have to keep working hard, keep making pitches and things will turn around for me." More >

Estrada fans Cron

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Wednesday was the 30th time that Trout and Pujols have homered in the same game for the Angels -- the most for any Halos duo.

The Blue Jays are 8-23 in games this season when they don't hit a home run. Wednesday's game marked just the fourth time in the club's last 24 games that Toronto did not hit at least one homer.

Bandy's offensive performance

WHAT'S NEXT
Angels: Jered Weaver (8-11, 5.47 ERA) takes the bump in Thursday's series finale at 4:07 p.m. PT. The 33-year-old right-hander is 4-1 with a 4.22 ERA in five career starts at Rogers Centre.

Blue Jays: Left-hander J.A. Happ (17-3, 3.05 ERA) will take the mound when the Blue Jays close out their three-game series against the Angels on Thursday at 7:07 p.m. ET at Rogers Centre. Happ has allowed three earned runs or less in all but one of his previous eight starts.

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Gregor Chisholm has covered the Blue Jays for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB and Facebook, and listen to his podcast.

Dhiren Mahiban is a contributor to MLB.com based in Toronto. He covered the Angels on Wednesday.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.