Halo bats silent in 4-0 loss to A’s

TYLER SKAGGS did well for four innings for the Angels in their 4-0 loss Saturday to the A’s(Angels photo).

Fighting to defend their grip on third place in the American League West, the Oakland A’s on Saturday defeated the Los Angeles Angels 4-0 in Anaheim.

Brett Anderson (8-5) pitched seven two-hit innings for the visitors as the home team’s bats were mostly silent, collecting just three hits for the whole game.

The defeat pushed the Angels back to .500 at 42-42.

Luis Rengifo doubled, and Mike Trout and Anderson Simmons each singled to make up the team’s entire office.

Angel starter Tyler Skaggs (7-7) kept the A’s scoreless through four innings, but was finally touched for two runs in the fifth. He finished with 4.1 innings worked, two hits and two runs yielded. He struck out five batters and walked four. The key hit was a two-run home run by Matt Chapman in the fifth.

The Angels will try to regain lost ground when they again host the Athletics in Anaheim on Sunday. Expected to be the starting pitcher for the Halos is Andrew Heaney (2-2).

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