Tyler Anderson dominates as Angels shut out Cubs to end losing streak

Angels starting pitcher Tyler Anderson delivers during the first inning of a 7-0 win over the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field.
Angels starting pitcher Tyler Anderson delivers during the first inning of a 7-0 win over the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on Saturday.
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Tyler Anderson threw eight dominant innings and Jo Adell homered to help the Angels end a five-game skid with a 7-0 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Saturday.

Anderson (8-8) gave up a leadoff single, then retired the next 13 Chicago batters before giving up another hit to cruise to his third win in his last five starts. The left-hander matched his career-best 10 strikeouts and gave up only three hits with no walks.

“I just feel like if I’m ahead in the count I can throw whatever I want,” said Anderson, who induced 11 groundouts. “That was a big thing for me today: Try to attack and get ahead early.”


Logan O’Hoppe added two hits and a pair of RBIs for the Angels, who saw all nine starters get at least a hit after the club managed only a run in its three previous losses.

Ben Joyce pitched a clean ninth to finish the shutout.

Justin Steele needed only 95 pitches to go the distance in a 5-1 win over the Angels in which he struck out seven and walked two. The Angels have lost five straight.

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“I don’t know if that’s as good as he can pitch, but he sure gave us what we needed today,” Angels manager Ron Washington said of Anderson. “He was really in command today.”

Chicago starter Kyle Hendricks (1-7) left after two innings because of lower back tightness. He surrendered the Angels’ first two runs and walked two with four hits as he dropped his third straight decision.

“It was just weird and I wasn’t effective,” said Hendricks, who said he experienced spasms a day earlier. “It was smart not to push it any further.”

Manager Craig Counsell said Hendricks will be evaluated further in coming days before the club determines if he’ll need time on the injured list.

The Cubs, seeking a third straight victory, have dropped nine of 13. Nico Hoerner had two of the team’s three hits.

Colten Brewer, the first of five Chicago relievers, gave up three runs — one earned — in a two-error third and Adell homered to deep center two innings later off Drew Smyly.


Angels outfielder Kevin Pillar got a day off as he marked 10 years of major league service. The club decorated his stall and he gave a pregame pep talk to his teammates.

Injury update: Angels first baseman Nolan Schanuel hop-stepped to first in the third inning after being hit in the lower leg by a Brewer pitch but remained in the game.

Up next: The Angels send José Soriano (4-6, 3.77 ERA) against fellow right-hander Hayden Wesneski (2-5, 4.14) in Sunday’s series finale.