ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Matt Shoemaker replaced an injured Jered Weaver and threw 3 2/3 effective innings to help lift the Los Angeles Angels to a 5-2 win over the Toronto Blue Jays Monday night at Angel Stadium, their fifth win in a row.
Weaver had to leave the game after two innings because of a stiff lower back, and Shoemaker, pitching on three-days rest, kept the Blue Jays hitters under control and allowed the Angels offense to do the rest.
Second baseman Howie Kendrick had three hits, including an RBI single in a four-run fifth inning that gave the Angels the lead for good. Catcher Chris Iannetta also had three hits.
The win was the Angels' 11th in a row at home, one short of the club record of 12 set in 1967. They've won 17 of 18 at home overall and improved their major league-best home record to 31-14.
Because the Oakland A's also won, the Angels remained 3 1/2 games out in the American League West.
For the Blue Jays, the loss was their fifth in a row, and they fell three games behind Baltimore in the A.L. East.
Shoemaker (7-2) made 102 pitches over six innings in a victory over the Astros last Thursday. He was tabbed by Angels manager Mike Scioscia before the game to start this Thursday in Texas, but Weaver's injury forced a change of plans.
Shoemaker made 61 pitches Monday, coming out of the game with two out in the sixth. Joe Thatcher, Jason Grilli, Kevin Jepsen and Joe Smith (11th save) combined to pitch the final 3 1/3 innings to finish it off.
Blue Jays starter J.A. Happ (7-5) didn't last much longer than Weaver, managing just 4 1/3 innings before being knocked out of the game. Happ, who had won his previous two starts, gave up five runs on seven hits and three walks.
Third baseman Juan Francisco had two hits, including his 14th homer of the season, for the Blue Jays.
The Angels took a 1-0 lead in the third inning after catcher Chris Iannetta singled and went to third on a double by right fielder Kole Calhoun. Center fielder Mike Trout followed with a groundout to shortstop, Iannetta scoring to give the Angels an early edge.
The Blue Jays tied the game at 1 in the fourth inning on a sacrifice fly by first baseman Jose Bautista. And in the fifth, a solo homer by third baseman Juan Francisco, his 14th of the season, put Toronto up, 2-1.
The Angels, though, rallied for four runs in the bottom of the fifth, sending nine men to the plate and taking a 5-2 lead. They had two walks and four hits in the inning, including RBI singles by first baseman Albert Pujols and second baseman Howie Kendrick, and an RBI double by shortstop Erick Aybar.
NOTES: Blue Jays 1B Edwin Encarnacion was placed on the 15-day disabled list Monday with a right quadriceps strain, injuring the leg Saturday in Oakland while running the bases. Though selected as an All-Star on Sunday, he will not play in the All-Star Game next week. OF Nolan Reimold was claimed off waivers from the Orioles to replace Encarnacion on the roster and was in the starting lineup. ... RF Kole Calhoun got his first start against a left-handed pitcher since May 31. Calhoun, a left-handed hitter, had been platooning with OF Collin Cowgill. Since May 29, Calhoun leads the majors with 30 runs scored.