Pitching, hitting quiet in Jays stinker vs. Angels

Juan Francisco fails to get Howie Kendrick out at third base as the Toronto Blue Jays lost to the...

Juan Francisco fails to get Howie Kendrick out at third base as the Toronto Blue Jays lost to the Los Angeles Angels at the Rogers Centre on May 11, 2014. (Stan Behal/Toronto Sun/QMI Agency)

MIKE RUTSEY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 5:20 PM ET

Mediocre starting pitching and impotence at the plate is not the recipe for success.

After pounding the snot out of the ball against the Philadelphia Phillies -- a combined 22 runs and 24 hits -- in the first two games of their homestand, the Toronto Blue Jays have run into a wall.

For the third time in as many games against the Los Angeles Angels, the Jays parlayed poor pitching and little hitting into a loss, the latest a 9-3 setback Sunday afternoon.

Not only was it dreary, it was endless, taking 3:24 to play.

The three consecutive defeats arrived on the heels of a stretch of five straight wins to drop the Jays to 18-20. They are now further behind the suddenly-streaking Baltimore Orioles, who are attempting to separate themselves from the pack in the AL East.

The game also saw the end of Jose Bautista’s 37-game streak of reaching base after an 0-for-3 day at the plate.


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