American League Game Summary - LA Angels of Anaheim at Toronto|
(Saturday, May 10th)
Final Score: LA Angels of Anaheim 5, Toronto 3
Toronto, ON (SportsNetwork.com) - Tyler Skaggs spun eight-plus strong frames,
C.J. Cron clubbed his first big league homer, and the LA Angels of Anaheim
beat the Toronto Blue Jays, 5-3, Saturday at Rogers Centre.
Skaggs (3-1) struck out four while giving up just four hits and three runs --
two earned -- over his stellar outing. The Los Angeles left-hander started the
ninth on the mound, but was chased after serving up singles to Jose Reyes and
Joe Smith entered from the bullpen and allowed a pair of RBI singles around an
Edwin Encarnacion fielder's choice groundout that got the Blue Jays within
However, Smith escaped the jam and picked up his fourth save of the season by
getting pinch-hitter Adam Lind to ground into a game-ending 1-6-3 double play.
Cron stroked a solo shot in the third inning and singled home a run in the
second, while Chris Iannetta smacked a two-run homer for the Angels, who had
lost two straight before taking the first two tilts of this four-game series.
"Tyler is really coming into his own, you can really see the maturation
process," Iannetta said of his batterymate. "He just keeps getting better and
hopefully he just keeps learning how to pitch and learning how to execute."
Toronto starter J.A. Happ (1-1) lasted just 2 1/3 innings after giving up four
runs on seven hits and a walk.
Jose Bautista scored once and also knocked in a run for the Blue Jays, who
have lost nine of their last 10 games against the Angels.
The Blue Jays jumped out to a 1-0 lead on Encarnacion's first-inning double
that scored Bautista, who reached on Skaggs' fielding error with two outs.
The Angels answered with three runs in the second, with Howie Kendrick opening
the frame with a ground-rule double before scoring when Cron followed with a
single back up the middle.
Three pitches later, Iannetta scorched a 2-0 fastball over the wall in left
to give Los Angeles a 3-1 lead.
Cron's one-out solo shot in the third made it 4-1 before the Angels added a
run in the sixth when Erick Aybar slapped a grounder to short with Collin
Cowgill on second. With Aybar flying down the line, Reyes rushed his throw and
fired wide of first, allowing Cowgill to score for a 5-1 lead.
Skaggs, meanwhile, retired 21 straight batters following Encarnacion's double
in the first before giving up a two-out double to Steve Tolleson in the
eighth. Skaggs got Chris Getz to ground out, however, to head into the final
frame with a four-run lead.
"He had some good movement on his fastball," Blue Jays catcher Erik Kratz said
of Skaggs. "There weren't a lot of hard hits today."
Skaggs, who fell three outs shy of his first career complete game, has won all
three of his starts on the road this season ... Both teams went 2-for-6 with
runners in scoring position ... LA manager Mike Scioscia missed a second
straight game while attending his daughter's college graduation ...
Encarnacion collected his 25th RBI of the season.
05/10 18:38:57 ET