Garrett Richards sharp in Angels’ 3-0 win over Phillies

Garrett Richards
Angels starter Garrett Richards threw seven shutout innings against the Phillies on Thursday afternoon in Philadelphia.
(Associated Press)

Angels 3, Philadelphia Phillies 0

AT THE PLATE: Albert Pujols doubled to right in the first inning and scored on Raul Ibanez’s single to right. Hank Conger and Grant Green singled in the second, and Efren Navarro hit a clutch two-out, run-scoring single for a 2-0 lead. Pujols singled and Ibanez walked to open the third, and Erick Aybar’s double to deep center scored Pujols for a 3-0 lead.

ON THE MOUND: Manager Mike Scioscia’s mix-and-match, back-of-the-bullpen approach had Ernesto Frieri pitching to the top of the Phillies order with a three-run lead in the eighth and Joe Smith facing the middle of the order in the ninth. Smith faced the middle of the order with a one-run lead in the eighth Tuesday, and Frieri pitched the ninth. “With a one-run game Tuesday, we liked Joe’s sinker against the bigger guys,” Scioscia said. “Today, we wanted to give them a different look, and we had the leeway, if Ernie made one mistake, that it wasn’t going to hurt you as much as it might have Tuesday.”

ON THE SHELF: Reliever Dane De La Rosa, on a triple-A rehabilitation assignment, had another setback in his return from shoulder and forearm injuries and returned to Southern California to be evaluated. He has thrown 4 2/3 innings in four games but hasn’t pitched since Friday. “He’s not quite where he needs to be,” Scioscia said, without elaborating on the nature or severity of the setback. “Maybe it’s a matter of catching his breath. Hopefully he’ll pick it up again.”

QUOTEBOOK: “Not one bit. I’ve worked very hard to get where I am. I’ve continued to learn. I’m figuring some things out as I go.” — Pitcher Garrett Richards, who is 4-0 with a 2.42 earned-run average, on whether he is surprised by his dominance.

EXTRA BASES: Pujols, who does not look comfortable running, admitted to being “pretty beat up” by four games on Toronto’s artificial turf but said he was feeling better Wednesday. His first-inning double was the 534th of his career, tying him for 33rd on baseball’s all-time list with Lou Gehrig. … Ibanez’s RBI in the first was the 1,200th of his career.

UP NEXT: Left-hander Tyler Skaggs (3-1, 4.14 ERA) will oppose Tampa Bay left-hander Erik Bedard (2-1, 3.38 ERA) at Angel Stadium at 7 p.m. On the air: FS West. Radio: 830 AM.