TORONTO — Troy Scribner saw his major league debut turn from a loss to win while he sat in the dugout.
The Angels scored three runs in the top of the ninth against All-Star closer Roberto Osuna, beating the Toronto Blue Jays 6-5 on Saturday afternoon.
Before the rally, Scribner had been on the hook for the loss after he gave up a tie-breaking two-run homer to Miguel Montero in the sixth. He tacked on two more scoreless innings, though, and that gave the Angels time to come back.
With one out in the ninth, Kole Calhoun singled. Martin Maldonado was then hit by a pitch. Ben Revere, who had entered as a pinch-hitter in the seventh, lined an RBI double into right, cutting the deficit to 5-4. With runners at second and third, Osuna then uncorked a wild pitch that tied the game.
Cliff Pennington then hit a fly ball to shallow center. Kevin Pillar, the Blue Jays outstanding center fielder, threw the ball just up the first-base line, allowing Revere to slide home safely.
Bud Norris worked a scoreless ninth to record the save, atoning for his meltdown earlier this week in Cleveland. Norris walked two, but escaped with a game-ending double play.
The Angels’ ninth-inning rally was their second comeback of the day. They trailed 3-0 before they scored three times in the sixth, two on a two-out single by Andrelton Simmons.
The late runs not only spared Scribner, but also Albert Pujols. Pujols went hitless in three at-bats, although he did walk and one of his outs was a line drive. Pujols is now hitless in his last 24 at-bats. The longest drought of his career was 0-for-26 last April.
Yusmeiro Petit started for the Angels, and he delivered four innings on 48 pitches, with just one unearned run. A reliever all season, Petit made a spot start in place of injured Alex Meyer.
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