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Matt Shoemaker Saves Weaver's Outing, Angels' Home Streak

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Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Final Score in Anaheim: Angels 5, Blue Jays 2

Matt Shoemaker threw three and two-thirds innings of unexpected relief after Jered Weaver left Monday's game after two warmup pitches in the top of the third inning.

Even though he allowed two runs, the hot Angels offense came through on a night that could see a big shuffle to the pitching staff for the final six games before the All Star Game. Chris Iannetta was 3 for 4 with two runs scored. He led off the third and fifth innings with hits and came around home both times.

The Angels were down 2-1 in the bottom of the fifth and plated four runs, sending nine men to the plate and chasing Toronto's starter J.A. Happ. Erick Aybar greeted reliever Chad Jenkins with his 22nd double and 44th RBI of the season, good enough to give the team a three-run lead they would not relinquish but apparently not good enough to make the American League All Star Team.

Shoemaker threw over 100 pitches against Houston on Friday night and was doing stretches on the mound before tossing the ball for his emergency warmup minutes after Weaver came up lame. He ended up throwing 61 pitches, 40 of them for strikes and earned his Angel wings as much as any man on the team has this season.