Wilson, Matsui power Angels to victory
Catcher, DH account for three homers and seven RBIs
ANAHEIM -- Bobby Wilson wouldn't call it the best night he's had in the Majors, even if it was.
The Angels' catcher had the first multi-home run game of his career and drove in five runs on Saturday night in the Angels' 7-2 win over the Blue Jays at Angel Stadium.
"I felt pretty good, man," Wilson said. "Just checking my phone now, I got a bunch of text messages from everybody back home. It was cool, it was cool just to help the team win any way possible."
Wilson hit home runs to left in consecutive at-bats, a three-run shot in the fourth followed by a two-run shot in the sixth, doubling his career home run total to four. Both came off Blue Jays left-hander Brett Cecil, a day after the Halos were shut out in a game started by a southpaw.
"The first one was a cutter, he threw a lot of strikes and I was looking for a strike and it kind of ran right into my barrel," Wilson said. "I cut it off alright and got to it good enough and hit it pretty good. And the second one was a curveball. I knew I hit it good, but I didn't think it really had a chance."
The second one, which put the Angels ahead, 7-1, nearly was brought back in by left fielder Fred Lewis. Wilson even stopped briefly at first base.
"I heard the fireworks go off and I knew you could run after that," Wilson said.
"He's a little Babe Ruth," Torii Hunter said. Hunter went 1-for-4 and grounded into a double play from the cleanup spot. "He's doing his thing, man. He went out there and he should've been in that fourth position. He was cleaning up some stuff."
Saturday night wasn't a career highlight for Hideki Matsui as it was for Wilson, but it might make the DH's season highlight reel. Batting in the seventh hole after two days of rest, one of them a scheduled off-day, Matsui collected his first four-hit night of 2010, including a homer to the right-field corner on the first pitch he saw. The two-run shot opened the scoring and was his 15th of the season.
Matsui doubled, then hit a pair of singles in his final three at-bats, leaving him a triple shy of the cycle.
"Certainly today's results were good," said Matsui. "I think the important thing is how we can maintain this and make the next games and the next at-bats better."
Matsui had been dropped to the seventh hole only two times this season, a move manager Mike Scioscia made because the lefty Cecil was on the mound. Scioscia said he wasn't sure if Matsui would return to the lineup for Sunday's day game with another left-hander, Ricky Romero, on the mound.
What Scoiscia saw Saturday qualified as a turnaround, for the most part, from an offense that was shut out for seven innings by Toronto southpaw Marc Rzepczynski in a 3-0 loss on Friday. Cecil (9-6) was knocked out after 72 pitches and 5 1/3 innings.
Angels starter Ervin Santana went seven innings and threw 99 pitches, despite the need to work around five baserunners in the first three innings. Santana (12-8) allowed three hits, walked four and struck out four in his second consecutive quality start. The lone run Santana allowed was a Lewis homer to right in the fifth. Fernando Rodney allowed another run in the eighth.
Santana said he felt he had all of his stuff Saturday, one start after pitching through an outing where he felt he didn't have his best.
"I had good command of my slider today," Santana said. "Everything was very good. The only difference was I just had too many 3-2 counts. After that, everything was very good."
Two disagreements between home-plate umpire Joe West and Scioscia, one particularly lengthy, loomed over the game early when the Angels' lead was still 2-0.
West called out Erick Aybar for runner's interference with none out and a runner on second in the bottom of the third. Aybar hit a grounder to third that was fielded cleanly by Jose Bautista before his throw popped out of the glove of Lyle Overbay. Aybar was running on the inside of the basepath and his left shoulder made contact with Overbay's glove as the runner and the ball arrived simultaneously.
Scioscia didn't argue that Aybar should've ran on the outside; rather he wanted a second opinion on whether Aybar had beat the throw, thereby potentially making Aybar's running position moot.
"The only question I had was going to be, if he beat the play, meaning he was called safe by the first-base umpire, then he passed the ball and the play would be irrelevant," Scioscia said. "That's not what Joe saw and Erick was running inside the line, and you are in jeopardy if you run inside the line."
Scioscia argued again in the bottom of the fourth, when Peter Bourjos was hit by a pitch but was ruled to have leaned into it.
"Not very often," Scioscia said of the frequency of that call.
A reporter seeking comment from West was told by an attendant at the umpires' clubhouse that all comments would be referred to the MLB offices.
Evan Drellich is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.