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Angels lose fifth straight despite solid effort by starter Tyler Skaggs

Angels lose fifth straight despite solid effort by starter Tyler Skaggs

For the bottom of the ninth inning in Sunday’s scoreless tie at Kauffman Stadium, Mike Scioscia had two relievers ready to pitch: journeyman Blake Parker and Cam Bedrosian, who he’d later refer to as his best reliever.

He opted for the journeyman. Parker did not record an out, and the Angels lost, 1-0, to Kansas City, on a walk-off single. It was a well-pitched game that turned on one too many balls in the dirt, as Kansas City pinch-runner Raul Mondesi stole second base off Parker and took third on a wild pitch.

At that point, Scioscia called in Bedrosian, who induced a foul pop-out, then fell behind to Alcides Escobar. He delivered the winning single through a two-man...

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