Angels outfielder Justin Upton came out swinging in his first game back from injury.
Upton homered on the first pitch he saw in his return from the injured list, Mike Trout had a solo homer among his four hits and Los Angeles used a seven-run second inning to beat the Blue Jays 10-5 in Toronto on Monday night.
“Upton obviously had an immediate impact,” manager Brad Ausmus said.
Shohei Ohtani and Kole Calhoun also connected in the second for the Angels, 4-0 against Toronto this season.
Toronto rookie Cavan Biggio hit two home runs, a solo shot in the first and a two-run drive in the eighth, the second multihomer game of his brief career. Randal Grichuk hit a two-run homer in the seventh, but the Blue Jays lost for the eighth time in 11 games.
Trout finished a triple shy of the cycle.
Upton went on the injured list in late March because of turf toe. He missed 71 games, then started the seven-run rally with a first-pitch blast off right-hander Edwin Jackson (1-5). Later in the 11-batter inning, he singled to chase Jackson.
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“I didn’t expect a homer my first at-bat,” Upton said. “I was pretty confident that I had prepared myself.”
With Trout and Upton flanking him in the lineup, Ohtani has high hopes.
“As long as the guy hitting in between them does a good job, we should be able to win a lot of ballgames,” Ohtani joked via translator.
Yankees 3, Rays 0: Masahiro Tanaka pitched a two-hitter with 10 strikeouts for his fourth major-league shutout, and host New York increased its slim lead over Tampa Bay in the AL East. Edwin Encarnación received an enthusiastic ovation from fans in his Yankees debut after being acquired from Seattle in a trade late Saturday night. Batting fifth as the designated hitter, he went 0-for-4.
Braves 12, Mets 3: Mike Soroka won his eighth straight decision, Ozzie Albies homered and drove in four runs, and surging Atlanta beat visiting New York.
Rangers 7, Indians 2: Lance Lynn had another quality start, Danny Santana homered and host Texas beat Cleveland to spoil Mike Clevinger’s return from the injured list.
Red Sox 2, Twins 0: Rick Porcello pitched seven shutout innings for visiting Boston to outduel Minnesota’s Jose Berrios, and the Red Sox won their season-high sixth straight game. The Twins, the highest-scoring team in the majors, were shut out for the second time this year.
Padres 2, Brewers 0: Manny Machado homered and doubled, and left-hander Joey Lucchesi threw seven brilliant innings in a combined four-hitter to lead host San Diego past Milwaukee.
Royals 6, Mariners 4: Jorge Soler hit a two-run, go-ahead home run with two outs in the eighth inning for visiting Kansas City. Seattle catcher Tom Murphy, who was with the Giants briefly in spring training, hit a three-run homer, his eighth of the season.
Cardinals 5, Marlins 0: Dexter Fowler and Matt Carpenter homered to back a strong outing by Miles Mikolas and lead host St. Louis over Miami.
Reds 3, Astros 2: Nick Senzel returned from an eye injury to drive in two runs, and Luis Castillo pitched two-hit ball into the seventh inning despite a 52-minute rain delay in the third inning as host Cincinnati held off Houston.
Phillies-Nationals, postponed: The game in Washington, D.C., did not begin after being delayed nearly three hours by rain. It will be made up at 1:05 p.m. EDT Wednesday in a day-night doubleheader.
Briefly: The Rangers put former Giants outfielder Hunter Pence on the 10-day injured list and activated outfielder Willie Calhoun (Benicia High) from the list. … Machado was suspended one game and fined for making contact with an umpire who ejected him over the weekend for arguing strikes. He’s appealing, putting the ban on hold. … Mets manager Mickey Callaway says right-hander Noah Syndergaard has a low-grade hamstring strain; he’ll miss at least one start.
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