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TOR@OAK: Stroman fans seven over seven scoreless

The Blue Jays broke the Angels' remarkable home winning streak on Tuesday night -- now they're looking to win a series at Angel Stadium.

With a 4-0 victory, Toronto snapped Los Angeles' 11-game run at Angel Stadium, one short of matching the franchise's record that was set in 1967.

The Angels' latest run was no fluke -- they own the best home record (31-15) in the Majors, and have won 17 of their last 19 games in Anaheim. And C.J. Wilson, who was born in nearby Newport Beach, Calif., has pitched much better at home than he has anywhere else in 2014.

Wilson is 6-1 with a 3.86 ERA at Angel Stadium, compared to a 2-5 record and 4.67 ERA on the road.

"He needs to get into good zones with all his pitches and get more quality strikes earlier in the count than he has been," said Angels manager Mike Scioscia. "If he does that, I think you're going to see him get back into that mode of getting ahead and putting hitters away the way that he does when he's very successful."

But lately, even Angel Stadium hasn't been a safe haven for the southpaw.

He's given up six runs in each of his last two home starts, spanning 9 1/3 innings. The Angels won both of those games thanks to offensive support, but Wilson might not be so lucky against Toronto's Marcus Stroman.

The rookie right-hander was moved into the rotation on May 31 and has responded with a 2.08 ERA in seven starts. He hasn't given up more than three runs in any of those outings.

In his last appearance, his second road start, he held Oakland to just three hits in seven scoreless innings while throwing a career-high 115 pitches.

"I feel comfortable. I feel like I've gotten into a pretty good groove," Stroman said. "Just trying to help the team win each and every start up here."

Blue Jays: Gillespie lands on DL 
Outfielder Cole Gillespie was placed on the 15-day disabled list with an oblique injury following Tuesday night's win.

Gillespie appeared in one game with Toronto after being claimed off waivers from the Mariners last week. He originally suffered the injury in Seattle but aggravated it while hitting in the cage Monday afternoon.

Toronto recalled catcher Erik Kratz from Triple-A Buffalo to take Gillespie's spot on the 25-man roster. The addition of Kratz had been talked about for the past several days with manager John Gibbons suggesting on Monday that he would be a "big addition" to the squad.

Kratz had a lengthy stint with the Blue Jays earlier this season. He'll likely start either behind the plate or at DH when Adam Lind sits vs left-handed pitchers. Kratz had three homers and 10 RBIs while appearing in 30 games for the Blue Jays.

Angels: Bedrosian back in the bullpen
The Angels recalled relief pitcher Cam Bedrosian from Double-A Arkansas and optioned infielder Grant Green to make room on the active roster on Tuesday.

Bedrosian made his return to the big leagues after more than two weeks in the Minors, and was put to work immediately on Tuesday night, pitching a scoreless ninth inning.

In five innings with the Travelers, Bedrosian saved three games while allowing just one hit and one run.

Bedrosian, 22, was optioned on June 21 after posting a 14.29 ERA in six appearances.

"He was really trying to finesse too much, pitch around contact, and he got into a lot of bad counts," Scioscia said.

Worth noting
• After the Angels made a 53-year climb back to the break-even mark, their stay lasted one day. Before Tuesday's loss, the Angels had a franchise record of 4272-4272-3, the first time they had reached .500 since opening its debut campaign 1-1 in 1961.

• The Blue Jays snapped a seven-game road losing streak on Tuesday and are now 23-23 away from home this season. Comments