On the day after the Angels demoted Hector Santiago to the bullpen, the other pitcher obtained in the Mark Trumbo trade continued to shine.
Tyler Skaggs became the first Angels starter to reach the ninth inning this season, leading the Angels to a 5-3 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Saturday. Skaggs gave up an unearned run in the first inning then retired 21 consecutive batters.
After Skaggs gave up back-to-back singles to start the ninth inning, Joe Smith got the final three outs for the save. However, Smith gave up a pair of run-scoring singles.
In all, Skaggs gave up four hits and no walks, struck out four and delivered 103 pitches.
C.J. Cron hit his first major league home run, a solo shot, and Chris Iannetta had a two-run home run for the Angels, who rank second in the American League in home runs.
The Angels have won the first two games of this series. If they win again on Sunday they will move two games above .500 for the first time this season.
Skaggs (3-1) has pitched at least seven innings in five of his seven starts this season. On Saturday he lowered his earned-run average from 4.54 to 4.14.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times