TORONTO (AP) – Steve Pearce hit his second game-ending grand slam in just four days and Toronto Blue Jays pulled off the biggest ninth-inning comeback in team history, rallying for seven runs to beat the Los Angeles Angels 11-10 Sunday.
Pearce connected with one out off Bud Norris (1-4). On Thursday, Pearce’s slam with two outs in the 10th inning lifted Toronto over Oakland 8-4.
Toronto trailed 10-4 heading into the ninth against Brooks Pounders, but drew closer on Kevin Pillar’s two-run homer. After Rob Refsnyder doubled, Norris took over and gave up a single to Ezequiel Carrera and an RBI single by Russell Martin. Justin Smoak grounded out and Kendrys Morales walked before Pearce connected for his 10th homer.
Matt Dermody (1-0) worked three innings for the win. Toronto twice in team history had overcome five-run deficits in the ninth inning.
Albert Pujols hit two home runs for the Angels, who were bidding for their first sweep since May.
Pujols entered hitless in his previous 24 at-bats, two shy of matching his career-worst skid, but snapped out of the slump with a two-run drive off Cesar Valdez in the first inning. It was his first hit since July 22 against Boston.
Pujols finished 3 for 5 with four RBIs. He hit a run-scoring single in the third and struck out in the fourth before connecting for a solo homer off Mike Bolsinger in the sixth.
Pujols has 607 career home runs, leaving him two behind Sammy Sosa for eighth place on the career list.
It was Pujols’ first multihomer game of the season and the 56th of his career, breaking a tie with Jimmie Foxx and Ken Griffey Jr. and giving him sole possession of eighth place in that category.
Angels: OF Kole Calhoun left in the third because of a sore right hamstring. Shane Robinson pinch ran for Calhoun and took over in right field. Calhoun is expected to undergo an MRI Monday.
Blue Jays: SS Troy Tulowitzki (sprained right ankle) will see a specialist after an MRI Saturday revealed ligament damage. … OF Jose Bautista got his first day off this season. … With 3B Josh Donaldson given the day off, C Russell Martin started at third.
Angels: RHP Ricky Nolasco (4-12, 5.09) starts the opener of a three-game home series against Philadelphia. The Angels have lost each of Nolasco’s past four outings. RHP Aaron Nola (8-6, 3.17) starts for the Phillies.
Blue Jays: RHP Marco Estrada (4-7, 5.43) starts the opener of a three-game series in Chicago against the White Sox. Estrada is 0-5 with an 8.87 ERA in his past 10 starts. RHP James Shields (2-3, 5.86) will pitch for Chicago.
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