Struggling Shoemaker gives up 2more home runs as Angels lose 8-4 to Blue Jays



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TORONTO — Matt Shoemaker followed up his best start of the season with another forgettable outing.

R.A. Dickey snapped a two-start losing streak with a complete game, Edwin Encarnacion hit a three-run home run and the Toronto Blue Jays beat Shoemaker and the Los Angeles Angels 8-4 on Thursday night.

Shoemaker (3-4) allowed a season-high eight runs, seven earned, and eight hits in six-plus innings.

"Everything is kind of going bad right now," Shoemaker said. "I've just got to find a way to get out of it."

Danny Valencia added a solo homer off Shoemaker, who has allowed two or more homers in three of his past four starts and has surrendered an AL-worst 13 in eight starts. He gave up 14 homers in 27 games last season.

"I've got to turn it around quick," Shoemaker said. "There's not really any other way to say it. It's got to be done quick to help this team out. I don't want to keep putting us in a bad situation."

Shoemaker allowed one run in seven innings to beat Baltimore last week. Angels manager Mike Scioscia said he's confident Shoemaker can turn it around, and isn't considering taking him out of the rotation.

"It's in there," Scioscia said. "He just needs to find the consistency."

David Freese hit a two-run homer and Marc Krauss added a solo shot for Los Angeles, which had won nine of its previous 11 in Toronto.

Dickey (2-5) allowed four runs and five hits, walked two and struck out a season-high seven.

"I had a lot of late movement tonight, something I haven't had for probably the last month," Dickey said.

Starting in place of Albert Pujols (left hand), Krauss hit a second-deck homer on Dickey's third pitch of the game, but the Angels didn't score again until the seventh.

"He had that thing moving pretty good," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said of Dickey's knuckleball. "We got off to a good start but we just couldn't get much more going."

Freese hit a two-out, two-run blast in the ninth, the 11th homer allowed by Dickey and the sixth he's given up in his past three starts.

Valencia tied it with a leadoff drive in the third. Ryan Goins followed with a double and scored when Shoemaker made an errant throw to first on Steve Tolleson's bunt single.

Toronto pulled away with four runs in the fifth. Jose Bautista hit an RBI single and Encarnacion followed with a blast to left, his 10th.

"We missed with a lot of pitches over the middle of the plate and that's kind of a recipe for not a good game," Angels catcher Chris Iannetta said.

END OF THE LINE

Angels SS Erick Aybar went 0 for 4, ending his hitting streak at 11 games.

WEB GEMS

Angels OF Matt Joyce made a diving catch in foul territory in left to retire Blue Jays C Josh Thole for the final out of the second, and Kole Calhoun made a diving catch in right to get Pillar for the final out of the fifth.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Angels: Pujols was held out of the lineup a day after bruising his left hand when he was hit by a pitch from Toronto's Drew Hutchison. Pujols did not take batting practice and hopes to return Friday at Boston.

Blue Jays: SS Jose Reyes (left ribs) went 1 for 4 in six innings of his first rehab game with Triple-A Buffalo. ... 2B Devon Travis (left shoulder) missed his fifth straight game.

UP NEXT

Angels: RHP Garrett Richards will face the Red Sox at Fenway Park on Friday night, his first start there since suffering a torn tendon in his left knee in August, 2014. Richards is 3-2 with a 2.29 ERA in six starts. RHP Rick Porcello (4-2, 4.26) starts for Boston.

Blue Jays: RHP Marco Estrada (1-2, 3.55) makes his fourth start of the season as Toronto begins a three game series against Seattle. Estrada has yet to pitch more than five innings. His opponent will be Mariners RHP Felix Hernandez (6-1, 2.30).

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