MLB

Blue Jays kick offence into overdrive to trounce Angels 15-1

Bo Bichette had five RBI, Randal Grichuk hit a three-run double during a seven-run second inning and the Toronto Blue Jays stopped a four-game skid by routing the visiting Los Angeles Angels 15-1 on Saturday night.

Bichette leads way with 5 RBI as Toronto chases Quintana in 7-run 2nd inning

Blue Jays designated hitter Vladimir Guerrero Jr. laughs as he runs to home plate during Saturday's 15-1 victory over the visiting Angels in Dunedin, Fla. (Mary Holt/USA TODAY Sports)

Bo Bichette had five RBI, Randal Grichuk hit a three-run double during a seven-run second inning and the Toronto Blue Jays stopped a four-game skid by routing the visiting Los Angeles Angels 15-1 on Saturday night following a rain delay that lasted more than 2 1/2 hours.

Bichette had two-run doubles in the third and fourth, and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. added RBI singles in both innings as the Blue Jays went up 14-1 in Dunedin, Fla. The pair drew bases-loaded walks in the second from Jose Quintana (0-1), who allowed seven runs, five hits and four walks in 1 2/3 innings.

"We all needed a night like this," Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo said. "It was great to see. Great at-bats."

After the start was delayed two hours 38 minutes, the first four innings took 2:07 to play. Overall the game lasted 3:21 and ended about 12 hours before Sunday's series finale was scheduled to start.

Steven Matz (2-0) gave up one run and five hits over six innings.

"We know our lineup is really, really good," Matz said. "It's fun to see them jell together."

Angels' skipper Maddon ejected

Anthony Rendon homered for the Angels, who were trying to go 7-2 and set a franchise record for the best nine-game start to a season.

"It was a weird night," manager Joe Maddon said. "They beat us fair and square. That's the kind of game when it's all said and done, I'm fine with throwing it in the nearest trash can."

Maddon was ejected for arguing in the third inning, one pitch after Juan Lagares was called out at first base and it stood following a short replay review.

There was a 5:45 double review of a fielder's choice grounder by Toronto's Danny Jansen in the second that produced the game's first run. Angels shortstop Jose Iglesias was charged with two errors for missing second base on a forceout try and making an errant throw to first base.

The tarp went on the field at TD Ballpark, the Blue Jays' spring training home being used for the first three homestands, about 2 1/2 hours before the scheduled 7:07 p.m. start time as dark and ominous clouds rolled in from the nearby Gulf of Mexico. Shortly after that heavy rain, lightning and wind gusts between 64-72 kilometres per hour engulfed the ballpark.

A second storm struck around an hour after the original start time.

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