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Jays' Carpenter Fashions A Gem

Chris Carpenter got worse as the game went on. Still, he was good enough to win.

Carpenter cooled off Anaheim and the Toronto Blue Jays took a five-run lead in the fifth inning, hanging on to beat the Angels 6-4 Sunday.

Carpenter (8-6) didn't allow a hit until Jim Edmonds singled leading off the fifth. The 23 year-old right-hander, 5-1 in his last seven home starts, gave up all four runs and 10 hits in 8 2-3 innings. He struck out seven and walked one.

"All the hits came late, but I still don't think they really crushed me," Carpenter said. "I had command of all my pitches and I just tried to stay aggressive and let my fielders do the job."

Paul Quantrill, pitching despite a stiff back, got the final out for his fourth save, retiring Gary Disarcina on a bouncer.

Jeff Juden (0-1), making his second start since the Angels acquired him from Milwaukee on Aug. 7, gave up five runs and seven hits in five innings. Juden, 0-6 in nine starts since June 26, struck out four and walked one.

Anaheim's Troy Glaus and Chris Pritchett hit their first major league homers. Glaus hit a two-run drive in the eighth and Pritchett added a solo shot in the ninth.

"When your down in the minor leagues, you don't know if you'll ever get another chance, so it's special," Pritchett said. "Carpenter was good, but after facing Roger Clemens and his 15 Ks last night, he wasn't as tough."

Toronto took a 4-0 lead in the fourth on consecutive singles by Shawn Green and Jose Canseco, Juden's run-scoring wild pitch and RBI singles by Jose Cruz Jr., Tony Fernandez and Darrin Fletcher.

"I felt like I made some good pitches out there, but they blooped a couple in," Juden said. "A couple of those ground balls had some eyeballs and they found the holes."

Carlos Delgado singled home a run in the fifth, but Randy Velarde had a run-scoring single for Anaheim in the sixth.

Anaheim's Pep Harris threw a run-scoring wild pitch in the sixth.

Notes:

  • Carpenter pitched a three hitter against Anaheim last Sept. 9.
  • Cruz's single in the fourth extended his career-high hitting streak to 10 games.
  • Tim Salmon, who has a tendon in his left foot that is 75 percent torn, didn't start but pinch hit in the ninth.
  • Delgado lined a hard shot off Juden's right knee in the fourth, but Juden recovered to throw him out at first.
  • Toronto's Benito Santiago started his 20-day rehabilitation assignment for Class A Dunedin in the Florida State League. He went 0-for-2 and caught three innings. Santiago, injured in a Jan. 4 accident in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., has been on the 60-day disabled list since March 18.
  • After the game the Blue Jays recalled right-hander arlos Almanzar from Triple A Syracuse and optioned Thomas Perez to Syracse.

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