Lyle Overbay hit a pair of solo homers and an RBI single, leading Toronto to a 10-4 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Friday night and making it a pleasant homecoming for Blue Jays shortstop David Eckstein.
Dustin McGowan (4-4) won for the first time in seven road starts this season, allowing four runs _ three earned _ and seven hits over six innings with a walk and six strikeouts. The right-hander was the losing pitcher in three of the Blue Jays' last five losses to the Angels, including a 3-1 setback on May 20 at Toronto.
Scott Rolen tripled home a run and triggered a four-run fifth with an RBI single for the Blue Jays, who are a season-best five games over .500 following their eighth victory in nine games.
Brad Wilkerson added a pair of two-out RBI singles for Toronto. It was the first time in McGowan's 12 starts this season that his teammates scored more than three runs. They were averaging 2.18 in those games.
Jered Weaver (4-6) gave up six runs and 10 hits in four-plus innings, striking out two and walking none.
Eckstein, who spent his first four big league seasons with the Angels and helped them win a World Series title in 2002, played his first game in Anaheim since leaving the club after the 2004 campaign. He received a thunderous ovation from the crowd of 42,577 his first time up, but was the only player in the Blue Jays' starting lineup without a hit.
The last time Eckstein played at the "Big A" was Oct. 6, 2004, when he went 1-for-3 against Boston's Pedro Martinez in Game 2 of the AL Division series.
The Blue Jays broke a 3-3 tie with four runs in the fifth. Rolen chased Weaver with a single that drove in the go-ahead run. Overbay had an RBI single against Darren Oliver, Rolen scored on a groundout by Rod Barajas and Wilkerson capped the rally with his first RBI single.
Casey Kotchman reduced the margin to 7-4 in the sixth with his second RBI single of the game. But Overbay got the run back in the seventh against Justin Speier with his fifth homer of the season, a line drive that just cleared the short fence in the right field corner. It was the sixth multihomer game of Overbay's career and first since May 9, 2007, in a 9-3 loss to Boston.
It was a tough night for third base umpire Mike Winters, who had both managers in his face on close plays involving baserunners he called safe _ both of whom eventually scored.
Angels skipper Mike Scioscia came out to argue in the third inning after Winters ruled that Rolen had dived back to the bag in time on catcher Mike Napoli's attempted pickoff after Rolen had driven in the go-ahead run with a triple. Matt Stairs followed with an RBI single to give Toronto a 3-1 advantage.
In the fourth, Toronto manager John Gibbons raced across the diamond to complain after the Angels' Torii Hunter stole second base on a wild pitch and was ruled safe at third. Casey Kotchman followed with an RBI single that tied the score at 3-all.
Overbay broke out of an 0-for-11 drought in the second with a leadoff homer into the same right field corner. The Angels tied it in the bottom half with a sacrifice fly by Howie Kendrick, who returned to the lineup after missing the previous 42 games with a strained left hamstring.
Marco Scutaro started at second base for the Blue Jays in place of Aaron Hill, who left Thursday's game at Oakland with a mild concussion following his collision with Eckstein as they chased a popup by Rob Bowen that fell for a single. It was the fifth different position Scutaro has started at in his first season with Toronto.
Notes:@ Eckstein, who caught the final out in the clinching game of the 2002 AL division series and the AL Championship Series, and still has both baseballs in his home. Only five players remain from the Angels' championship club _ Garret Anderson, Chone Figgins, John Lackey, Francisco Rodriguez and Scot Shields. ... Eckstein hit a major league-leading three grand slams in '02, the first two coming in back-to-back games against the Blue Jays in Anaheim. The second one was a walkoff slam, which made him the first SS in big league history to hit grand slams in consecutive games. ... McGowan has allowed only two home runs in 70 2-3 innings this season. ... Vladimir Guerrero was 0-for-3 against McGowan and has one hit in 13 career at-bats against him.
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