ANAHEIM, Calif. — Jered Weaver only regretted one pitch during his six innings against the Toronto Blue Jays.
The way the Los Angeles Angels are playing this season, one pitch is all it takes to regret an entire night.
Troy Tulowitzki hit a two-run homer, R.A. Dickey pitched scoreless ball into the sixth inning and Toronto stayed atop the AL wild-card chase with a 5-0 victory over the freefalling Angels on Friday night.
Weaver (11-12) matched his career high for losses despite throwing seven-hit ball for Los Angeles, striking out four.
But Tulowitzki connected in the fourth inning on that pitch from his fellow product of nearby Long Beach State’s prolific baseball program. The homer, Tulowitzki’s second in September, was the 36th allowed by the slow-throwing Weaver this season, one shy of James Shields for most in the majors.
“My fastball command was really good all night,” Weaver said. “It’s the best it’s been in a while. I was able to locate down and in all night. Just one stupid pitch, and that’s the difference in the game.”
The Angels have lost five straight, scoring exactly four runs during that miserable stretch. They’ve lost nine of 10 overall to drop to 63-84 — and the Angels would have to finish 12-3 to avoid the worst season of manager Mike Scioscia’s 17 years in charge.
“We didn’t pressure those guys enough,” Scioscia said. “Weave threw one changeup to Tulowitzki that he might want back. Outside of that, he pitched a great game.”
Edwin Encarnacion added a late two-run homer for the Blue Jays (81-66), who stayed even with Baltimore for the league’s two wild cards. Both teams trail Boston by two games for the AL East lead with 15 to play.
“We look at it, of course,” Dickey said. “That’s part of a postseason run. You’re competing against teams in your division that are good. We know what we need to do to get where we want to get.”
Toronto has lost seven of 11 overall, but took the first two games of a weekend series — the Jays’ first consecutive wins in September. They’ve won five straight games in Anaheim for the first time in the franchise’s 40 seasons.
“Hopefully, maybe this is the start of a little roll,” Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. “It would be good timing if it was.”
Dickey (10-14) bolstered his case to keep a rotation spot by limiting the Angels to seven hits and striking out five. His first start since Sept. 5 began with a rough first inning before he settled in.
The Angels chased Dickey and loaded the bases with nobody out in the sixth, but failed to score against Joe Biagini when Kaleb Cowart flied out to end the inning. Cowart also struck out to end the eighth, stranding two more Angels.
Roberto Osuna got four outs for his 33rd save.
Albert Pujols became the 16th player in big league history to get 600 career doubles with a drive into the left-field corner in the first inning. Pujols joined Barry Bonds and Hank Aaron as the only players with at least 575 homers and 600 doubles.
A fan behind the Angels’ dugout was injured when Carlos Perez’s bat went flying into the crowd as he swung and missed at a third strike in the second inning. Medical personnel spent several minutes attending to the fan, who was escorted from her seat with an injury on the right side of her head.
Blue Jays: Josh Donaldson was the designated hitter for the second straight game as he returns deliberately from a hip injury. Darwin Barney played third.
Blue Jays: Francisco Liriano (7-12, 5.16 ERA) limited Tampa Bay to three hits and two runs in his last start.
Angels: Ricky Nolasco (5-14, 4.94) has just one win since joining Los Angeles, but it was a shutout at Angel Stadium. He has never beaten Toronto in four career starts.