Toronto, ON, Canada (4E Sports) – Tyler Skaggs tossed eight-plus strong frames while Chris Iannetta and C.J. Cron both went deep as the Los Angeles Angels defeated the Toronto Blue Jays, 5-3, Saturday in front of a crowd of 31,412 at Rogers Centre.
Skaggs (3-1) bounced back from his worst performance of the season to dominate Toronto, allowing three runs on four hits with walk and four strikeouts to earn the victory as the Angels improved to 18-17.
This marked the fifth time in seven starts that Skaggs has completed seven innings. In his last start against the Texas Rangers, he allowed six runs on eight hits in just 2 2/3 frames with three walks and two strikeouts.
The Angels, who have won nine of their 10 last meetings against the Blue Jays, can secure a series victory with a win over Toronto Sunday.
J.A. Happ (1-1) absorbed the loss after surrendering four runs on seven hits with a walk and four strikeouts in 2 1/3 frames as the Jays dropped to 18-19.
Toronto took a 1-0 lead in the first on an RBI double from Edwin Encarnacion, which brought in Jose Bautista, who reached base on a Skaggs error.
However, Happ allowed three runs in the second with Cron bringing one in on an RBI single and Iannetta hammering a two-run homer, his third of the season, to put the Angels up, 3-1.
The next inning, Cron hit his first career homer on a big blast to left-center field to give Los Angeles a 4-1 lead.
Los Angeles tacked on one more in the sixth after Collin Cowgill scored on a throwing error from Jose Reyes to put the Angels ahead, 5-1.
After his first-inning error, Skaggs immediately shook it off and went into shutdown mode after that, retiring the next 21 consecutive Blue Jays before Steve Tolleson hit a two-out double in the eighth.
The Blue Jays made things interesting in the ninth, chasing Skaggs from the game after back-to-back hits to begin the frame.
Reliever Joe Smith allowed the pair of inherited runners to score, but he got out of a jam by getting pinch-hitter Adam Lind to hit into a game-ending double play.