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LAA@TOR: Kendrick's triple gives Halos lead in sixth

TORONTO -- The Angels will play out the final scenes of this 2011 regular season at home.

At least they won't see Toronto in extra innings again. That's no fun for anybody.

Cast in the spoiler role, the Blue Jays subdued the Angels, 4-3, on Thursday night when Edwin Encarnacion slammed a walk-off homer in the 12th inning in front of 22,769 watching the season's final game at Rogers Centre.

The Jays gave their fans something to remember, while the Angels were carrying home images they'd like to erase.

"We've got to forget about it and move on," closer Jordan Walden said. "We've got six games left, and we've got to win 'em all."

Ervin Santana pitched six-plus innings, then watched six more.

"We have to finish strong," he said, "and see what happens."

The Angels can't do it alone. They need help.

With the proverbial pot boiling on two postseason fronts, the Angels remained five games behind Texas in the American League West, with the Rangers losing in Oakland.

Boston's AL Wild Card advantage is two games over the Rays and three over the Angels, who open a three-game series against the A's on Friday night. That will be followed by three games with the Rangers, whose magic number is two.

Rookie Garrett Richards (0-2), the seventh Angels pitcher of the night, took the loss in the regular-season road finale. The big right-hander delivered a full-count slider that Encarnacion hooked inside the pole in left field. The third baseman's 17th homer lifted Shawn Camp, the sixth Toronto pitcher, to 5-3.

"The guy's a fastball hitter," Angels catcher Jeff Mathis said of Encarnacion. "Leading off an inning, 3-2 count, he's got to be thinking they don't want to walk him. Garrett was throwing the slider for strikes. Tip your hat to the guy for staying on it. We almost got him to hit it foul."

Encarnacion had an aggressive mindset.

"I just was looking for something in the strike zone, trying to be aggressive in the strike zone," he said.

"It's great to finish the [home] season like that. A walk-off home run in the last game at home, that makes me feel very happy for me and for all my teammates."

The Jays are 11-0 at home in extra-inning games, 13-4 overall in extras this season. They're the first team to win 10 or more at home without a loss in extra innings since they began recording stats in 1920.

"It might be a coincidence, but at the same time, it's a lot of games," Jays slugger Jose Bautista said. "Never give up. I guess we go out there and always feel like we have a chance and keep battling."

The Angels are 8-13 for the season and 2-8 on the road in extra innings.

The Jays sent a strong young right-hander named Henderson Alvarez to the mound, kicking and dealing like fellow Venezuelan Felix Hernandez.

Alvarez went seven and was backed by a small fleet of bullpen arms. They wouldn't let the Angels do much of anything, as the Halos collected only three hits from the seventh through the 12th.

"We put up some runs early in the game," said Howard Kendrick, who tripled home one run and scored another. "Sometimes it's not enough. You've got to keep it going, and we just let it slip away from us today."

Down by two runs, the Blue Jays rallied to tie it in the seventh. Fighting his control from the outset, Santana walked off after Eric Thames homered leading off inning.

Santana thought he put a breaking ball in a good spot. Catcher Bobby Wilson agreed.

"Slider down and in," Wilson said. "It's one of those pitches where nine out of 10 times a guy's going to swing right over it. He put a good swing on it."

After Santana departed, Bobby Cassevah, who has been remarkably effective in a setup role, walked Bautista, who reached base in his first five at-bats.

Adam Lind grounded sharply to the right of first baseman Mark Trumbo, who had saved a run with his glove robbing Lind in the third. This time the ball caromed off Trumbo's mitt toward center field for an error. As Bautista motored to third, Peter Bourjos raced in and threw out Lind at second.

A wild pitch by Cassevah eluded Wilson, enabling Bautista to score the tying run.

Angels third baseman Alberto Callaspo lifted a mammoth homer to right, his sixth, for the lead in the second. After the Jays tied it with a run in the fifth, Erick Aybar and Kendrick returned the advantage to Santana in the sixth.

Aybar led off with a line-drive single to right and scored when Kendrick slashed a triple to the right-center gap.

With one out, Kendrick got a quick break on a bouncer against a drawn-in infield by Torii Hunter, scoring without a play for a two-run cushion.

Santana was in and out of trouble. He walked five, continuing a recent trend, but left nine runners stranded through six innings.

A two-out double by Thames followed by Bautista's single, for his 101st RBI, tied it in the fifth.

Scott Downs got four outs and Walden five as manager Mike Scioscia tried to keep the Jays at bay. It worked until Encarnacion unloaded.

"We're not looking back," Scioscia said. "We're in this. We need to play every pitch, win every pitch. Hopefully that adds up to winning games." Comments