TORONTO -- Los Angeles Angels left-hander Tyler Skaggs has been going through a tough stretch, and it was more of the same on Tuesday night.Russell Martin had three hits and two RBI, R.A. Dickey pitched 6 2/3 innings for his first home win since July 10 and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Angels 7-2.Skaggs (1-3) allowed four runs and four hits in four-plus innings and is winless in five starts. His five walks were a season-worst.Unfortunately, kind of the same stuff weve seen the last couple of starts, Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. Whether its a release point issue, whether its a mechanical adjustment or whatever it is, hes a hair off right now and hes not able to make the pitches he needs to. Hes not missing by a lot but hes missing by enough where hes putting himself in bad counts.Skaggs has allowed four earned runs or more in each of his past four outings. He struck out two batters Tuesday, a season-low.Just not the results that I want, Skaggs said. Ive got to be better out there. Its getting a little frustrating.The Angels lost their 11th straight road game, their longest such skid since a 14-game streak in 1969.Nick Buss hit his first major league home run, but Los Angeles lost for the fourth time in six games. The Angels have lost 15 of 18 overall.Toronto remained tied with Boston for first place in the AL East. The Red Sox beat Tampa Bay 2-1.Dickey (9-13) came in 2-8 with a 5.57 ERA in 13 home starts but held the last-place Angels in check, allowing two runs and six hits.Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said Dickey was fantastic after giving up a two-run homer to Buss in the second.Then he kind of put it in cruise control, Gibbons said.Martin had an RBI single in the first, drove in a run with a bases-loaded walk in the third, singled and scored in the fifth, and doubled over the head of center fielder Mike Trout in the seventh. Martin is 12 for 27 with nine RBI in his past five games.Hes smoking hot right now, Gibbons said.Michael Saunders hit his 21st home run, a solo shot off A.J. Achter in the eighth, and Edwin Encarnacion and Darwin Barney each reached base three times as the Blue Jays won their fifth straight over the Angels. Toronto has outscored Los Angeles 51-16 in that span.Down the stretch every game is important, Barney said. I dont think were taking anyone lightly.Trailing 2-1, Toronto loaded the bases with no outs against Skaggs in the third. Barney scored the tying run when Martin walked and Encarnacion put the Blue Jays in front by scoring on Troy Tulowitzkis double play groundout.Buss finished 2 for 4, adding a bunt single in the ninth. He recorded multiple RBI for the first time.He looks very comfortable at the plate, Scioscia said. Hes certainly not overmatched. Hes hitting the ball hard. He looks like he belongs here.WALK THIS WAYTrout drew his AL-leading 86th walk in the third. Arizonas Paul Goldschmidt entered play Tuesday as the ML-leader with 92 walks, one more than Washingtons Bryce Harper.JOEY BATS ALMOST BACKBlue Jays OF Jose Bautista (left knee) is expected be activated off the 15-day DL as soon as he is eligible on Thursday. Gibbons said Bautista will be used at DH often to protect his knee.TRAINERS ROOMBlue Jays: 2B Devon Travis was not available after getting a cortisone injection in his sore right ring finger. Barney started in his place. ... OF Kevin Pillar (sprained left thumb) was activated off the 15-day DL and started in center field. RHP Ryan Tepera was optioned to Triple-A Buffalo to clear a spot for Pillar.UP NEXTAngels: RHP Matt Shoemaker (7-13, 4.14) is 1-1 with an 8.38 ERA in two career games against Toronto.Blue Jays: RHP Marco Estrada (7-5, 3.20) allowed a season-high five earned runs against the Yankees on Aug. 16. It was the third time in 21 starts this season Estrada has allowed more than three earned runs. 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ATHENS, Ohio -- Antonio Campbell was 3 of 7 from beyond the arc and scored 20 points as Ohio rained 3s to dominate Sam Houston State 96-75 on Monday night.Kenny Kaminski was perfect from long range, hitting all five attempts for 17 points and Jordan Dartis hit 4 of 9 from distance to also total 17 points. The Bobcats (2-0) made 15 of 27 from beyond the arc, shooting 52.5 percent from the floor.Campbell also grabbed nine rebounds and had two blocked shotss.dddddddddddd Gavin Block was 3 of 4 from long range for 11 points.Ohio jumped out to a 28-11 lead midway in the first half, and was up 45-30 at the break. The Bobcats led throughout.Dakarai Henderson led Sam Houston State (1-1) with 18 points. Torry Butler added 13 and grabbed 12 rebounds and Aurimas Majauskas had 10 points. ' ' '
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