May 5-11: Angels Pass Texas and Seattle for Second in AL West

By Jose Serrano

May 11, 2014; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Los Angeles Angels first baseman Albert Pujols (5) and relief pitcher Mike Morin (64) celebrate with teammates after defeating the Toronto Blue Jays 9-3 at the Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

Record: 19-17 ( 1-2 vs. Yankees, 3-0 at Blue Jays last week)

Highlights: Sunday’s 9-3 victory marked the Angels’ seventh consecutive win in Toronto, dating back to May 6, 2012. They’ve won four of the last six and leapfrogged Texas and Seattle for second place in the division.

Angels pitching limited Toronto- arguably the most potent offense in the American League- to one home run through three games of a four-game set that concludes Monday night. Garrett Richards, Tyler Skaggs, and Jered Weaver each pitched beyond the sixth inning without allowing more than two runs and the bullpen yielded three over 5 2/3 innings. As a whole the Angels allow a .230 opponent batting average, second only to Oakland.

Lowlights: Hector Santiago’s stint in Anaheim has been nothing short of disappointing. The left-hander’s record fell to a league-worst 0-6 after six runs-two earned- in a loss to the Yankees last Wednesday. He lasted just 2 1/3 innings and was demoted to reliever shortly after.

Player of the week: Howie Kendrick is bidding for his first All-Star game appearance since 2011. The second baseman’s slash line is .313/.393/.451 this season and is batting  .364 since last Monday’s victory over New York.

Kendrick went 3-for-4 Sunday with three runs scored, and two stolen bases. He leads the team in on-base percentage (.393), hits (45), and multi-hit games (14). Kendrick’s nine stolen bags already exceeds his total from all of last season and places him seventh in the junior circuit.

Injury report: Ian Stewart is hitting the 15-day DL after a pitch grazed his left hand in Sunday’s matinee, although X-rays were negative. Luis Jimenez was recalled from Triple-A Salt Lake and will join the team Monday.

Josh Hamilton is taking swings for the first time since a thumb injury sidelined him April 8. The right fielder is rehabilitaing in Arizona and projects to return in time for next weekend’s series with Kansas City.

Up next: The Angels look to sweep Toronto for a second consecutive season at Rogers Center as C.J. Wilson takes on Mark Buehrle tonight. Tomorrow, they begin an interleague series with Philadelphia before heading home to face Tampa Bay.