The last time Mark Buehrle put together a personal seven-game winning streak, he ended the season winning a World Series.
Buehrle goes for his longest winning streak in eight years Tuesday night when the last-place Blue Jays attempt to win for the 11th time in 14 tries in a matchup against the Los Angeles Angels .
Buehrle (11-7, 3.88 ERA) is 6-0 with a 2.02 ERA over his last nine starts, winning all four at home with a 1.27 ERA.
The veteran left-hander hasn't produced a longer overall winning streak since going 9-0 during a 14-start stretch with the Chicago White Sox from April 16-June 28, 2005.
That season the White Sox went on to win the World Series, but Toronto (67-76) is all but mathematically assured of finishing at the bottom of the AL East in 2013.
Still, Buehrle is finding motivation.
"I've got a couple more starts left, and I'm going to go out there and try to finish the season strong," Buehrle told the team's official website. "Personally, I feel like I'm back to where I've been throughout my career. I just wish we were in a better spot than we are."
Buehrle's recent winning streak, though, includes a rough outing in a 6-5 road victory over Los Angeles on Aug. 4. He gave up five runs and two homers in six innings before the offense bailed him out by scoring four times in the final two.
He's 0-2 with a 4.85 ERA over his last four meetings with the Angels (67-76).
Beating them for the first time since Sept. 5, 2008, would keep the Blue Jays hot after they did all of their scoring in the eighth inning in Sunday's 2-0 win at Minnesota to complete a three-game sweep.
Jose Reyes had two hits, including an RBI double, and is 10 for 22 with seven runs and three RBIs over the past five games.
He shares Buehrle's attitude about September.
"The season isn't over yet, and I feel that good," said Reyes, who missed 66 games with a sprained left ankle earlier this season. "I still feel it a little bit, but it's way better than it was months ago. Hopefully, I'll keep feeling better, and I can go into the offseason with a better idea and go to spring training 100 percent, and do what I do best, just play my game."
The Angels send Jerome Williams (6-10, 4.60) to the mound looking to avoid a third straight loss after opening a season-long 10-game trip with a 6-3 defeat to Minnesota on Monday.
The right-hander allowed two runs with seven strikeouts in 6 1-3 innings of a 6-2 win over Tampa Bay on Thursday. He had been 0-8 with a 6.15 ERA over his 15 previous games - 13 starts - dating to a victory at Baltimore on June 12.
Williams is 0-2 with a 5.03 ERA in six road starts since.
"I'm just going out here and doing my job, trying to do my best," Williams said. "As long as at the end of the day, end of the season, I can look myself in the mirror and say, 'I did OK,' that's fine."
Los Angeles' Mike Trout is 16 for 37 (.432) during an 11-game hit streak. He has a .553 on-base percentage during that span.
|Los Angeles Angels|
|September 08, 2013||Peter Bourjos||Day-to-Day||Right wrist|
|September 08, 2013||Luis Jimenez||Day-to-Day||Left game - right thumb contusion|
|August 29, 2013||Chris Nelson||15-Day DL||Strained right hamstring|
|August 28, 2013||Chris Nelson||Day-to-Day||Strained right hamstring|
|August 22, 2013||Kevin Jepsen||15-Day DL||Appendectomy|
|August 19, 2013||Mike Trout||Day-to-Day||Tight right hamstring|
|Toronto Blue Jays|
|September 08, 2013||Moises Sierra||Day-to-Day||Left game - lower back tightness|
|August 21, 2013||Jose Bautista||15-Day DL||Left hip bone bruise - out for season|
|August 21, 2013||Maicer Izturis||60-Day DL||Sprained left ankle|
|August 20, 2013||Maicer Izturis||Day-to-Day||Left game - sprained left ankle|
|August 17, 2013||Jose Reyes||Day-to-Day||Sore right knee|
|August 12, 2013||Colby Rasmus||15-Day DL||Left oblique strain|
TORONTO (AP) -- Mark Trumbo didn't just get a hit all five times he stepped to the plate Tuesday night. He circled the bases every time, too.
Trumbo matched a team record with four extra-base hits, including back-to-back home runs with Josh Hamilton , and Chris Iannetta and Erick Aybar also went deep as the Los Angeles Angels beat the Toronto Blue Jays 12-6.
Trumbo had a career-best five hits and became the first player in Angels history to collect five hits and score five runs in the same game.
"Easily the best game I've had all year, maybe even career-wise in the big leagues," he said.
Trumbo finished 5 for 5 with three doubles and two RBIs as the Angels won for the eighth time in 11 meetings with the Blue Jays. It's the 10th time in Angels history a player has had four extra-base hits in a game.
"It's a special day for him," starter Jerome Williams said. "I'm happy to be a part of it."
Trumbo doubled and scored in the first, third and sixth innings and singled and scored in the eighth. He led off the fifth with his 33rd homer and Hamilton followed with his 20th, the third time this season the Angels have gone back-to-back.
"It was unbelievable, man," said Hamilton, who saw all five of Trumbo's hits from the on-deck circle. "Every time he went up there, you expected something good to happen."
Hamilton went 3 for 5 with four RBIs and scored twice, inspiring some praise from Trumbo.
"It's really nice to see," Trumbo said of Hamilton's big night. "He's had his struggles this year but the guy you're seeing now is the guy we've played against for quite some time."
Williams pitched five-plus innings to win consecutive starts for the first time since May 21 and 26. Williams (7-10) allowed six runs and nine hits, walked one and struck out one.
Angels manager Mike Scioscia said Williams was "erratic."
"He just didn't look like he was able to get his sinker where he wanted to and struggled through five innings," Scioscia said.
Michael Kohn and Buddy Boshers pitched one inning each and Ryan Brasier worked the final two.
Anthony Gose hit his first career grand slam for the Blue Jays and Rajai Davis added a solo shot, but it was a rough night for starter Mark Buehrle , who failed to extend his streak of six straight winning decisions.
Buehrle (11-8), who has not beaten the Angels since 2008, matched a season-worst by allowing eight runs in four-plus innings, his shortest start of 2013. The left-hander allowed a season-high 12 hits, walked one and struck out two in his first loss since July 20 against Tampa Bay.
"One of those nights," a frustrated Buehrle said. "The whole game I wasn't making pitches. Everything was up, I was falling behind in the count."
The Angels jumped on Buehrle with a four-run, bat-around first. Aybar hit a one-out solo homer, his sixth, Mike Trout walked and Trumbo doubled him to third before both runners scored on Hamilton's single. Two batters later, Grant Green hit an RBI single, scoring Hamilton.
The Blue Jays tied it in the second. Adam Lind , J.P. Arencibia and Moises Sierra all singled before Gose drilled a first-pitch grand slam, his first homer of the season.
The Angels reclaimed the lead in the third on Hamilton's RBI single, then pulled away with a three-run fifth, highlighted by the homers by Trumbo and Hamilton.
"Both (Trumbo) and Josh had terrific games in the middle of our order," Scioscia said.
Los Angeles tacked on three more against Chad Jenkins in the sixth. Trout extended his hitting streak to 12 games with a leadoff single and scored on Trumbo's double before Iannetta homered, his ninth.
Davis homered and Kevin Pillar hit an RBI grounder in the bottom of the sixth, but Trumbo singled and scored on a two-out base hit by Kole Calhoun in the eighth.
NOTES: The Angels activated INF Howie Kendrick (left knee) off the 15-day DL. ... Toronto 1B Edwin Encarnacion (left wrist) missed his second straight game. ... Angels RHP Jered Weaver , who experienced forearm tightness in Monday's game at Minnesota, is not expected to miss his next start. ... The Blue Jays announced plans for a two-game exhibition series against the New York Mets at Montreal's Olympic Stadium in March 2014.