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Angels offense scores early, picks up much needed win

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Hopefully they can use this to build a winning streak

Los Angeles Angels v Oakland Athletics Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

The Angels didn’t score a run over the course of the final seven innings. It didn’t matter, as their pitching held things down as they picked up the 4-3 win over the Athletics. They now own a one-game winning streak. Yes, it’s only one, but is this when the Angels pick things up and begin to make up ground in the division?

The Angels grabbed the lead in the first inning and didn’t relinquish it the remainder of the way. David Fletcher began the inning with a double (shocker, right?) and came in to score on a fielders choice thanks to Mike Trout. Fletcher finished the game with two hits, his ninth multi-hit game of the year.

An inning later, the Angels put three runs on the board to put them up 4-0. They wouldn’t score a run the rest of the way, but it was enough as the pitching held down the fort. Jo Adell led the second inning off with a double. It was his third multi-hit game of the season. This was a big-deal for him, as it was his first extra base-hit of his career.

A few batters later, Trout brought in two runs with a double. As mentioned, that would be the only offense from the Angels throughout the remainder of the game. Over the remaining seven innings, the Angels racked up only four hits.

Anthony Rendon recorded a hit as well, and now owns a 12-game hitting streak.

Griffin Canning got the start for the Angels on Saturday and had an... okay start. He failed to go five innings to qualify for the win, falling one out short as he went 4 23 innings. Canning was relieved by Matt Andriese with two outs in the fifth. Canning left the game with the tying run on second. Andriese walked Matt Chapman, putting the go-ahead run on first. The Angels escaped the jam, as he struck out Mark Canha to end the inning.

The Athletics wouldn’t record a hit the remainder of the way, as they went 0-for-12 to close the game, failing to even reach base. Andriese ended up throwing 2 13 innings with a strikeout and a walk. Ty Buttrey came in for two innings of work got the save.

Saturday particulars

WP: Matt Andriese (1-1) 2 13 IP, 0 ER

LP: Chris Bassitt (2-1) 5 23 IP, 4 R, 2 ER, 6 SO

SV: Ty Buttrey (3) 2 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 1 SO

Home runs: Matt Chapman (9)

Box score

Up next

The Angels will look to go for the series win tomorrow as Dylan Bundy (3-2, 2.48 ERA) takes the mound. He’ll face Frankie Montas (2-2, 4.74 ERA). First pitch is at 1:10 p.m. PT on Fox Sports West.