ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The Los Angeles Angels are so hot that not even losing their starter after two innings could slow them down.
Despite Jered Weaver leaving after six batters because of lower back tightness, the Angels beat the Toronto Blue Jays, 5-2, on Monday night, their 14th victory in their last 17 games, and fifth in a row.
The Angels have won 11 straight home games, their longest streak since a club-record 12-game streak in 1967.
The Angels also evened their all-time record at 4,272-4,272-3, marking the first time since they were 1-1 in 1961, their inaugural season, that they have been .500 as a franchise. No other expansion team is .500 or better all-time.
It would have been fitting for Weaver, who is third on the franchise's all-time victory list, to pick up this victory, but he didn't make it to the third inning.
Weaver had retired all six hitters he faced when he took the mound to warm up for the third. Presumably, Weaver felt something in his back during warm ups, and he came out of the game. There was no immediate word on the severity of the injury.
Matt Shoemaker, who threw 102 pitches in a start on Thursday, was summoned to the mound to work on three days' rest. Shoemaker, who most likely was sitting in the dugout not even wearing spikes, arrived at the mound after about five minutes.
Shoemaker had been scheduled to start on Thursday, the first game of the Angels series in Texas, but it is now likely that Hector Santiago will take that start.
The Angels have had six starters since Tyler Skaggs was activated last week. They used all six the last time through the rotation because of last week's rainout and subsequent doubleheader.
Considering the circumstances, the Angels couldn't have asked for much more than Shoemaker gave them. He threw 61 pitches and gave up two runs in 3 2/3 innings, which left a manageable 10 outs for the bullpen.
Newly acquired Joe Thatcher and Jason Grilli got two outs apiece, and then Kevin Jepsen and Joe Smith each worked an inning to close it out.
Meanwhile, it was good enough to get a victory because the Angels took a lead with four runs in the fifth inning.
Chris Iannetta led off with a double, one of his three hits, and then Kole Calhoun and Mike Trout walked, loading the bases. Albert Pujols delivered a bloop single to drive in a run. Josh Hamilton drove in another with a sacrifice fly, putting the Angels up 3-2.
Howie Kendrick then lined his third hit of the night, an RBI single up the middle. It was Kendrick's 11th hit in his last 18 at-bats with runners in scoring position.
Erick Aybar followed with an RBI double to give the Angels a 5-2 lead.
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