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LAA@TOR: Encarnacion's walk-off single sinks Halos

TORONTO -- There is no time for the Angels to brood about another tough late-inning loss.

No time to dwell on a two-win, four-loss road trip through New York and Toronto. No time to regret the opportunities missed in Sunday's 5-4, 10-inning loss to the Blue Jays, a game they led from the first inning until the lead slipped away in the ninth.

The Angels must be ready for Monday when they open a four-game series at Angel Stadium against the Texas Rangers, the team they are trying to catch in the American League West.

The first-place Rangers entered Sunday with a three-game lead over the Angels. The teams meet 10 times the rest of the way, seven in Anaheim.

"We've had a couple of these games on this road trip, played tough teams," Angels starter Dan Haren said. "Obviously, the Yankees are tough there and Toronto swings the bats as well as about anyone.

"We know this game was ours to the end, but hopefully we don't hang our heads and come out tomorrow playing hard because we can't afford at this point to dig ourselves any deeper.

No matter the opponent, the Angels know they need to play better.

"Our focus needs to go on how we play the game," manager Mike Scioscia said. "We know who we're playing and we know obviously that it's a team we're going to have to beat to get to our goal, but you have to realize how you're going to get to that goal, focus on those steps.

"For us, it's apparent there are some things we need to do a little bit better. And we had some games on this trip that got away from us late and we need to do a little better job."

The day started with promise when Torii Hunter extended his hit streak to 12 games with a two-run homer in the first inning. Hunter's 15th long ball of the season followed a two-out single to left by Bobby Abreu against left-hander Brett Cecil.

The Angels scored again in the third when Peter Bourjos tripled to right-center and scooted home on Alberto Callaspo's sacrifice fly to make it 3-0.

Haren retired his first 10 batters, four by strikeouts. But the perfection was interrupted by Eric Thames' seventh blast and Jose Bautista's 34th in the fourth to cut the lead to 3-2.

The Angels scored again in the fifth against Cecil on back-to-back two-out doubles by Bobby Wilson and Bourjos.

Toronto crept back to within a run in the sixth after a leadoff double by John McDonald, who was playing second base for the slumping Aaron Hill. McDonald took third on Yunel Escobar's lineout to right and scored on Thames' groundout to short. Bautista singled to keep the sixth alive, but Adam Lind lined out on a nice play by second baseman Howard Kendrick to end it.

The Angels failed to tack on a vital run in the ninth. Abreu opened with a single against Frank Francisco and stole second and third around Hunter's groundout. But Mark Trumbo grounded into an unusual double play to end the threat. Abreu got caught in a rundown trying to score. He was tagged out between third and home, at which point Trumbo got caught in a rundown between first and second for the third out.

Angels closer Jordan Walden got the first out of the ninth before giving up doubles to Colby Rasmus and Brett Lawrie, the latter of which tied the game at 4.

Lawrie stole third base -- his first career swipe -- but J.P. Arencibia struck out and McDonald popped out.

"I missed with a couple of fastballs," Walden said. "I should have kept them down. One of those days, I guess."

"We had the lead going into the ninth," Hunter said. "That's how you want it. But it's never over till the fat lady sings, and she didn't sing in the ninth."

"Jordan is still going through his growing pains as a closer," Scioscia said. "He just couldn't close out that ninth."

Fernando Rodney (2-5) walked Escobar to lead off the bottom of the 10th.

Bautista walked with one out and left-hander Hisanori Takahashi came in to face Lind, who popped out. That set the table for Edwin Encarnacion to deliver the game-winning hit on a sharp toward the gap in left-center.

"Not a good road trip," Hunter said. "We'll just have to try and bounce back, starting tomorrow. You can't try to sweep [the Rangers], you can't try to win the series in the first game. Just try to take it one pitch at a time and play those guys to a T." Comments