TORONTO—Edwin Jackson isn't fooling anyone with his pitching performance this season.
Least of all himself.
The Blue Jays right-hander allowed seven runs on six hits, including three homers, over just 2/3 innings yesterday in a 10-5 loss to the Los Angeles Angels.
“I think my pitching's just been horse (expletive), to be honest,” Jackson (1-5) said bluntly.
“Since I've been here it's point blank. Execution has been terrible,” he added.
“I know I'm better than that, I know that's not who I am but that's what I've shown since I've been here.”
Shohei Ohtani hit one of the three Angels (36-37) homers in the seven-run second, capping the offensive outburst with a three-run drive.
Justin Upton homered on Jackson's first pitch of the game, Cole Kalhoun added another solo shot two pitches later and Mike Trout hit a bases-loaded double.
Jackson, who also walked two batters, had his night ended after just 38 pitches.
“Every mistake I made in the zone they hit, which is what they're supposed to do,” Jackson said.
The dismal inning followed a clean first frame from Toronto opener Derek Law, who struck out two of the three batters he faced.
It was the second time this season that Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo used the Law-Jackson combination to start a game. Toronto beat the Baltimore Orioles with it last week, and Montoyo said before the game he'd continue the experiment as long as it worked.
“Edwin was so good last year that we keep waiting for him to find it. He hasn't been able to find it,” Montoyo said after the loss.
“I'm not telling you anything you don't know, but that's just what it is.”
In other AL action, the N.Y. Yankees blanked Tampa Bay 3-0; Texas dumped Cleveland 7-2; Boston topped Minnesota 2-0; Oakland edged Baltimore 3-2; and Kansas City downed Seattle 6-4. Cincinnati shaded Houston 3-2 in the lone interleague matchup.
Over in the NL, Atlanta routed the N.Y. Mets 12-3; St. Louis shut out Miami 5-0; San Francisco eked by the L.A. Dodgers 3-2; and San Diego blanked Milwaukee 2-0. The Philadelphia at Washington game was postponed.