The Angels were doomed from the start Friday night. Garrett Richards lasted 2/3 of an inning -yielding a first-inning grand slam- and Los Angeles went 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position in Oakland’s 9-5 victory.
Homers from Howie Kendrick and Mike Trout in the fourth inched the Halos to within two runs, but they only reached base twice in the final two frames. Trout’s solo shot extended his hitting streak to 11 games during which he’s batting .415 with 10 RBIs.
The A’s extend their AL West lead over the Angels to 2 ½ with their third victory in four meetings.
Tyler Skaggs pitched well enough to earn a win over Seattle last Monday, allowing two earned runs over seven innings. Unfortunately, his defense didn’t pick him up as the Mariners scored three unearned runs. The 22-year-old left hander is 3-1 with a 1.80 ERA in four road starts.
Los Angeles’s only victory over the A’s this season came with Skaggs on the mound. On April 16, he limited Oakland’s streaky offense to four runs- all coming in the fourth inning- in the Angels’ 5-4 win.
With Sonny Gray staring Sunday, the Angels best chance at a victory may be against Tommy Milone. After losing his first three decisions, Milone has won the last three; allowing two runs or less in each outing. The left hander has a 1.03 ERA since giving up six runs to Boston on May 3.
Milone is 5-2 with a 4.17 ERA in eight starts against the Angels. He bested Skaggs in their meeting last month but received a no decision.
- Josh Hamilton resumed his rehab assignment with Triple-A Salt Lake Friday night, going 2-for-4 with a run.
- Trout is 2-for-13 with a homer against Milone.
- The Angels are 3-7 at O.co Coliseum, dating back to last season.
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