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Saunders pitches Angels past Blue Jays 6-3

TORONTO (AP) — Howie Kendrick and Juan Rivera homered, Joe Saunders pitched eight strong innings and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Toronto Blue Jays 6-3 Saturday.

Kendrick went 3 for 5 with three RBIs and scored twice as the Angels won back-to-back games for the first time this season. The Blue Jays lost consecutive games for the first time.

Saunders (1-2) came in 0-2 with a 7.36 ERA, but was sharp in this one, allowing two runs, none earned, and five hits. The left-hander walked one, struck out two, lowered his ERA to 4.26 and improved his record in April to 11-3.

Fernando Rodney closed it out in the ninth for his third save and second in as many days.

Los Angeles jumped in front before Blue Jays left-hander Brian Tallet (1-1) could record an out. Erick Aybar led off the first with a walk and Kendrick followed with a two-run homer to left, his first.

Rivera led off the second with a towering shot into the fourth deck in left, his third.

The Angels made it 4-0 in the third on back-to-back doubles by Torii Hunter and Hideki Matsui.

Sloppy defense allowed Toronto to halve the deficit in the bottom of the third. John McDonald doubled and scored when third baseman Brandon Wood couldn't come up with Mike McCoy's chopper down the line. McCoy wound up at second and scored when Wood threw wildly to first on a grounder by Alex Gonzalez.

Tallet allowed four runs and five hits in five innings. He walked one and struck out three.

Rivera padded the Angels' lead with an RBI single in the eighth off Jason Frasor, scoring Kendrick.

Gonzalez hit a two-out double to center in the bottom half, his 11th extra base hit this season. Lind followed with a single to right, but Gonzalez was thrown out at the plate by Reggie Willits when he was unable to slide around the block by catcher Mike Napoli.

Kendrick made it 6-2 with an RBI single in the ninth off Kevin Gregg.

Toronto first baseman Lyle Overbay snapped an 0-18 slump with an RBI double in the ninth, boosting his average to .085. Rodney replaced Kevin Jepsen and ended it by retiring the next three batters in order.

NOTES: Attendance was 17,187, Toronto's second-biggest crowd this season. ... Blue Jays 3B Edwin Encarnacion (sore right arm) missed his third straight game and is day-to-day. ... OF Fred Lewis, acquired in a trade with San Francisco on Thursday, made his Toronto debut, pinch hitting in the ninth. ... Buffalo Bills WR James Hardy was at the game. ... Ervin Santana (0-2, 6.94) faces Ricky Romero (1-0, 1.80) in Sunday's series finale.