A’s slam Skaggs, snap Halos streak

TYLER SKAGGS and the Angels fell behind early in a 7-0 loss to the Oakland A’s on Saturday (Angels photo).

Coming into Saturday’s game in Anaheim, the host Los Angeles Angels and visiting Oakland A’s were both hot. The Athletics stayed toasty, however, and the Halos were as cold as a judge’s smile in the 7-0 rout.

Angels starter Tyler Skaggs (8-8), normally one of the steadiest pitchers for the Orange County team, was touched for all seven runs in 3.1 innings. He yielded 10 hits and walked one batter while striking out five.

The game so exhausted the typically overworked Angel bullpen that catcher Francisco Arcia was brought in as the fourth reliever, working a one-hit inning to close out the game.

At bat, the Halos were able to gather only five hits all night, three off A’s starter Edwin Jackson (4-2).

It all added up to a snapping of the Angels’ four-game winning streak to fall to 59-59, still fourth in the American League West. The A’s are in second place in the ALW with a 69-48 record, 3.5 games back of division leader Houston. 

The series continues on Sunday with Taylor Cole (0-0) starting for the home team. Trevor Cahill (4-2) goes for the A’s in a 1 p.m. contest.

UPDATE: After the game, Skaggs was placed on the 10-day disabled list for a left adductor strain. Eduardo Paredes is called up from the Angels’ AAA Salt Lake City team.

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