ANAHEIM – Tyler Skaggs provided all kinds of encouragement about 2017, and then Huston Street reminded Angels fans that it’s still 2016.
And in 2016, little goes right for the Angels.
After Skaggs had his second straight scoreless outing since coming back from Tommy John surgery, Street blew a three-run ninth-inning lead in the Angels’ 5-3 loss to the Boston Red Sox.
Street, who has endured a rough season since returning from a strained oblique in late May, took the mound with a 3-0 lead.
He walked Jackie Bradley Jr. and then gave up a single to Aaron Hill. After steadying with back-to-back strikeouts, he allowed a run-scoring single to Mookie Betts.
Dustin Pedroia then hit a three-run homer to straightaway center field, putting the Red Sox up 4-3. Xander Bogaerts followed with an insurance homer, and Street was done.
Street has allowed 15 earned runs in 13 2/3 innings since coming off the DL. It was his third blown save in that span.
It spoiled a day that had belonged to Skaggs, who tossed 5 1/3 scoreless innings.
Pitching two years to the day since he blew out his elbow, Skaggs had his second consecutive scoreless outing since coming back. He had pitched seven innings without allowing a run last week in Kansas City.
Adding his final two starts at Triple-A, and Skaggs has pitched 25 scoreless innings, with 39 strikeouts.
Skaggs didn’t have much trouble with the Red Sox, including an especially impressive escape of his most serious jam. He gave up back-to-back singles in a scoreless game in the fifth, with Pedroia and Bogaerts due. He struck out Pedroia looking and then got Bogaerts swinging at his 94th pitch of the game.
That would have been his last, most likely, if left-handed David Ortiz weren’t due to start the sixth. Skaggs remained in the game and struck out Ortiz on three pitches.
The Angels then got to Boston knuckleballer Steven Wright, after wasting numerous opportunities in the early innings.
Yunel Escobar, Kole Calhoun and Mike Trout had three consecutive singles, producing the game’s first run. An Albert Pujols groundout pushed in a run, and then a Jefry Marte single made it 3-0.
For Pujols, it was his 31st RBI in July, most in the majors. It was the first time since Kendrys Morales in August 2009 that an Angels player drove in 30 runs in a calendar month.
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