TORONTO (AP) — There are plenty of things that haven't gone right for the Los Angeles Angels this season. One that has is starter C.J. Wilson.
Kole Calhoun hit a tiebreaking sacrifice fly in the eighth inning, Wilson won his eighth straight decision and the Angels beat the Toronto Blue Jays 5-4 on Wednesday night.
Wilson (16-6) allowed four runs, three earned, in seven innings to match his career-high in victories, first set with Texas in 2011.
"Of all the things we've talked about this year that haven't worked out, C.J. is on the other side of that ledger," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "He's having just a terrific season, pitching deep into games. He's going to be 200-plus innings again. Every stat you look at is terrific for him."
The left-hander, who has not lost since July 5 against Boston, walked four and struck out six. He's 12-1 with a 3.02 ERA in 17 starts since June 14.
Wilson, however, insisted that he can be even better, and said he's still working to refine things between starts.
"I'm still not happy with how I'm pitching, he said. "Today I won, but it wasn't a great stat line for me with the walks and stuff."
Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said Wilson "can carve you up" when he's on.
"He's got that nice cutter that he runs inside to right-handers and it really kind of neutralizes you," Gibbons said.
Mark Trumbo hit a two-run home run, his career-high 33rd, and Josh Hamilton had three hits as the Angels won for the ninth time in 12 meetings with the Blue Jays.
Mike Trout started the winning rally by drawing a one-out walk off Steve Delabar (5-3) in the eighth and going to third on Hamilton's double. Trumbo was intentionally walked to load the bases for Calhoun, who hit a sacrifice fly to left.
"I'm playing free and starting to get into a good rhythm," Calhoun said. "It makes it a lot easier getting out there every single day."
Calhoun went 1 for 2 with two sacrifice flies, helping Los Angeles win for the fifth time in seven games.
"He's one of those guys where the sum is greater than the parts," Wilson said of Calhoun.
Calhoun has at least one RBI in 14 of his past 15 starts, the first Angels player ever to do so.
"He's really shortened his swing and you see he has the strength to still drive the ball," Scioscia said. "He's just having great at-bats."
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