TORONTO — After winning six consecutive decisions, pitcher Mark Buehrle was due for a bad start.
Buehrle allowed 12 hits and eight runs and did not retire a batter in the fifth inning before getting pulled on Tuesday as the Los Angeles Angels defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 12-6 before a crowd of 19,079 at Rogers Centre.
"It was one of those nights," said Buehrle (11-8). "You can’t be on every time and every so often you’re going to have your bad days at the office and this was one of them."
It was a great night for the Angels hitters.
Josh Hamilton drove in four runs and Mark Trumbo had a career-best five hits and equalled a club record with four extra-base hits. Trumbo hit three doubles, a single and a solo home run to drive in two runs and Hamilton had two singles and a solo home run.
It was the 10th time an Angels player had four extra-base hits in a game. Trumbo also became the first Angels player with five hits and five runs in one game.
"Easily the best game I’ve had all year, maybe even career-wise in the big leagues," Trumbo said. "This is a special night, obviously."
Erick Aybar also hit a solo homer and Chris Iannetta hit a two-run homer as the Angels (68-76) stopped a two-game slide.
Anthony Gose hit his first career grand slam and Rajai Davis hit a solo homer for the Blue Jays (67-77), who had won their previous three games and 10 of their last 13 games.
Right-hander Jerome Williams (7-10) allowed nine hits and six runs in five-plus innings to win his second consecutive start.
Buehrle gave up three home runs as he lost his first decision since July 20, a span of nine starts without a loss in which he had an earned-run average of 2.21.
"He was off tonight," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. "He’s normally got the knack of working out of some jams."
Buehrle agreed with his manager.
"The whole game I wasn’t making pitches," said Buehrle. "Everything was up, I was falling behind in the count.
Left-hander Ricky Romero, the Blue Jays’ No. 1 starter only two years ago, made his third major-league appearance of the season in the seventh inning and received a warm reception from the fans. He allowed two hits, a walk and one run over two innings in his first outing since being recalled from triple-A Buffalo.
"I was just excited and I guess a little nervous," he said. "Hearing them cheer when I was running out was pretty crazy and gave me chills."
Aybar hit his sixth homer of the season and Hamilton hit a two-run single to key the Angels’ four-run first inning. Grant Green singled in the other run.
Gose’s grand slam in the second inning tied the game. His first homer of the season came after singles by Adam Lind, J.P. Arencibia and Moises Sierra.
Gose said he had never hit a grand slam at any level.
"Never hit one, not that I can remember," he said. "I wasn’t sure if I got enough of it. I obviously barrelled it but I wasn’t sure if I hit it high enough so I thought I’d run."
Los Angeles regained the lead in the third on a leadoff double by Trumbo and Hamilton’s single to centre.
The Angels took an 8-4 lead in the fifth. Trumbo led off with his 32nd homer of the season and Hamilton followed with his 20th. Iannetta and Kole Calhoun followed with doubles..
Mike Trout led off the sixth with a single against Chad Jenkins to extend his hit streak to 12 games and scored on Trumbo’s double. Iannetta hit his ninth homer of the season to increase the lead to 11-4.
Davis led off the home sixth with his fifth homer of the season. A walk to Arencibia and a double by Sierra led to Williams’ departure. Michael Kohn allowed a run-scoring groundout to Kevin Pillar.
Trumbo singled for his fifth hit of the game in the eighth against Romero. He took second on an error by Davis on the hit to left and scored on Calhoun’s single.
Notes: Blue Jays CF Colby Rasmus (left oblique strain) took batting practice Tuesday and he might play in a game by the end of the week. Rasmus was put on the disabled list since Aug. 11 ….Blue Jays 1B Edwin Encarnacion (left wrist) did not play for the second game in a row and is listed as day to day. … Angels 2B Howie Kendrick (hyper-extended right knee) has been activated from the disabled list but is not expected to play until Friday. ….The Blue Jays will start RHP R.A. Dickey (12-12, 4.29 earned-run average) against Angels’ LHP C.J. Wilson (15-6, 3.42 ERA).