After blowing an early lead on Thursday on opening day, the Los Angeles Angels took an early lead and made it hold up as they defeated the Oakland A’s 2-1 Friday.
Mike Trout blasted a first inning home for a 1-0 lead and the Halos added another in the top of the ninth when Justin Upton drove him in with a scoring single.
Tyler Skaggs pitched 6 1/3 scoreless innings and the Angels survived a nine-inning one-run rally by the A’s.
“That’s as good as you can pitch,” manager Mike Scioscia said. “Tyler was on top of it all night and finished strong. Got to almost 100 pitches and maintained his stuff. That’s big. Set the game up well and our bullpen held on.”
The Angels will play again on Saturday, with Matt Shoemaker making the start for the Angels.
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