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Alex Cobb pitches game of year as Angels get back in win column

He strikes out eight in seven innings

Los Angeles Angels v Oakland Athletics Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images

Alex Cobb delivered his best start of the season, as the Angels picked up the 4-0 victory over the Athletics.

After a rough start to the season, Cobb has really found a groove over his last three starts. Over his previous two starts, he had allowed only one run over the course of 10 innings. On Saturday, he went a season-high seven innings and didn’t allow a single run.

The only time Oakland had a chance to do any damage against Cobb was in the fifth inning. They had back-to-back runners reach base, putting two on with no outs. Cobb settled down and managed to get out of the jam without allowing a run. He also had a strikeout in every inning except for one. For the game he had 12 whiffs, with four each coming on his sinker, splitter and knuckle curve.

Onto the offense, they finally provided run support for the pitching staff. All four runs came in the fifth inning. After two reached, David Fletcher brought in the first run thanks to an error at home plate. With two outs and a one-run lead, Shohei Ohtani brought in two runs with a single. After Ohtani stole second, Anthony Rendon drove in the fourth run of the game with a single.

That was all the offense from the Angels on the day, and it was all they needed.