TORONTO — With both his bat and glove, Josh Donaldson did plenty to help the Blue Jays get a much-needed win Tuesday night.
Unfortunately, the one play he couldn't make led to the decisive run in another close loss.
The Blue Jays, who have lost eight of 10, fell to 2-7 in one-run games.
Donaldson hit a leadoff homer in the first, started a key double play in the sixth and made a great backhand catch to retire Mike Trout in the eighth.
One out later, however, his attempt to tag out Erick Aybar advancing from second on a grounder came up empty.
"I knew it was going to be a tough play," Donaldson said. "I was wrong and it ended up costing us."
Aybar looped behind Donaldson, then dove safely to the bag to load the bases. Freese followed with the tiebreaking sacrifice fly.
"It was big because we won," Aybar said through a translator. "Anything you can do to win is big."
Blue Jays manager John Gibbons didn't fault Donaldson for trying to retire the lead runner.
"I thought he did the right thing," Gibbons said.
Hector Santiago (3-2) pitched seven innings to win for the first time since April 21. He gave up two runs, one earned, and four hits as the Angels won for the sixth time in eight games.
"Santiago was really good," Gibbons said. "He was picking the plate apart."
Blue Jays right-hander Aaron Sanchez (3-4) allowed three runs and six hits in a career-high 7 1-3 innings.
"It was a tough loss but a lot of good things happened out there for me today," Sanchez said.
Kole Calhoun homered in the fourth for the Angels.
Sanchez left after walking Albert Pujols to put runners at first and second with one out in the eighth. Roberto Osuna came on and got Calhoun to hit a grounder to third, but Donaldson couldn't get an out.
"I felt like I had an opportunity to get the out at third and I wasn't able to do it," he said.
PAIN IN THE NECK
Blue Jays C Russell Martin was hit in the side of the neck by Trout's broken bat in the sixth. He was checked by the trainer but remained in the game.
Angels OF Matt Joyce acknowledged he was scratched from the lineup Monday after arriving late to the ballpark, incorrectly thinking it was a night game. The teams played an afternoon game Monday because of Canada's Victoria Day holiday, an annual celebration in honor of Queen Victoria's birthday.
Angels: Santiago twisted his left ankle when he landed awkwardly on a follow through in the sixth. He was checked by the trainer and stayed in the game. "It was like a quick little 'Ow' and then 'All right, we're good,'" Santiago said.
Blue Jays: 2B Devon Travis (left shoulder) missed his third straight game. ... SS Jose Reyes (left ribs) took batting practice for the third consecutive day and will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Buffalo on Thursday.
Angels: RHP Jered Weaver (2-4) has won his past two starts after going winless in his first six outings of the season. Weaver has allowed one earned run in his last 16 1-3 innings, lowering his ERA from 6.29 to 4.44.
Blue Jays: RHP Drew Hutchison (3-0, 6.17 ERA) has yielded just three earned runs in his past two starts after giving up 12 in his previous two. He struck out a season-high nine but didn't get a decision in his last start, May 14 at Houston.
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