Triggs gets win as A's top Angels 5-1 for 4-game split

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Andrew Triggs had trouble spotting his fastball early. He felt better after escaping a jam - and early burst by his Oakland teammates helped, too.

Triggs pitched into the sixth inning for his second major league win, Ryon Healy homered and the Athletics beat the Los Angeles Angels 5-1 Thursday for an opening four-game split.

''When he's throwing the ball over the plate ... it's got so much movement on it, he's just a tough guy to get a good swing on,'' Oakland manager Bob Melvin said. ''As the game went along it seems like his stuff got a little better, then (he) got a lead and got some confidence behind it.''

Triggs (1-0), who won at St. Louis on Aug. 28, allowed an unearned run, four hits and three walks in 5 2/3 innings. The 28-year-old right-hander gave up Albert Pujols' RBI groundout in the third and left after consecutive singles in the sixth.

''It was about getting my fastball command a little bit more honed in as things got along there,'' Triggs said. ''That inning by us was absolutely huge with Healy really breaking it open.''

Healy homered during a four-run third.

Liam Hendricks, Santiago Casilla and Sean Doolittle combined for hitless relief.

Tyler Skaggs (0-1) had gotten a victory in his first start each season from 2013-16 but that streak came to an end as he gave up five runs, five hits and three walks in 5 1-3 innings.

''I was rushing out of the stretch and I let some pitches get away from me,'' Skaggs said. ''The one to Healy ... I wanted the pitch outside and it was right down the middle. I have to pitch to my strengths and not their strengths.''

Adam Rosales scored from first when Marcus Semien's routine single to center deflected off Mike Trout's glove and rolled to the wall for an error. Khris Davis hit a sacrifice fly and Healy hit a two-run homer with two outs that landed halfway up the bleachers in left.

Trevor Plouffe added an RBI single in the sixth.

STARTING SLUMP

Angels manager Mike Scioscia had to dip into his bullpen a lot more than he wanted to in this series because none of his starters got past the sixth inning. ''We know there are some things that have to evolve,'' he said. ''Once we can get there, we can get our bullpen where we want to be on a nightly basis.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Angels: RHP Garrett Richards was feeling better, a day after leaving his first start of the season with cramping in his biceps. He missed most of last season with an elbow injury and his appearance Wednesday was his first in 11 months. ''Our medical staff is going to look into things,'' Scioscia said. ''They're confident that it's not connected to his other situation last year. Garrett's comfortable when he talks about it so hopefully this is just a little bump in the road.'' ... 3B Luis Valbuena (right hamstring strain) has been hitting in the batting cage and could begin running on the field early next week.

Athletics: RHP Sonny Gray (shoulder strain) is scheduled to throw his second bullpen session Friday when Oakland plays in Texas. . RHP John Axford has been diagnosed with a Grade 1 strain in his right shoulder. He has been told not to throw for at least seven days.

UP NEXT

Angels: RHP Jesse Chavez is to make his Angels debut on Friday against Seattle when Los Angeles opens a six-game homestand.

Athletics: RHP Raul Alcantara is slated to make his third career start against the Rangers on Friday in Texas. Alcantara went 1-1 against the Rangers last season.

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  • W: A. Triggs (1-0)L: T. Skaggs (0-1)
  • HR: OAK - R. Healy (2)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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Y. Escobar 3B31100100.250.333.250.5833.0
K. Calhoun RF40000012.333.412.333.745-0.5
M. Trout CF30000101.313.353.7501.1031.0
A. Pujols DH40010012.063.118.063.1800.5
C. Cron 1B40100011.364.417.364.7800.5
B. Revere LF40100010.200.200.200.4000.5
A. Simmons SS40200002.400.438.467.9042.0
C. Pennington 2B20000110.000.333.000.3330.5
a- D. Espinosa PH10000011.167.231.417.647-0.5
C. Perez C30000012.000.000.000.000-0.5
  • a-struck out for Pennington in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
R. Davis CF40000021.118.118.235.353-1.0
M. Semien SS31100110.273.467.364.8304.5
J. Lowrie DH31000131.333.375.600.9750.5
K. Davis LF21110100.417.5001.0001.5005.0
R. Healy 1B31121013.214.267.643.9106.5
Y. Alonso 1B00000100.273.385.273.6571.0
T. Plouffe 3B40110011.200.250.200.4501.5
M. Canha RF30000011.000.000.000.000-0.5
J. Phegley C30000011.000.000.000.000-0.5
A. Rosales 2B31100010.333.333.333.6671.5
    BATTING
    • RBI - A. Pujols (2)
    BATTING
    • 2B - K. Davis
    • HR - R. Healy (2)
    • SF - K. Davis
    • RBI - K. Davis (3), R. Healy 2 (3), T. Plouffe
    • 2-Out RBI - R. Healy 2 (3)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - M. Semien
    FIELDING
    • E - M. Trout
    FIELDING
    • E - M. Canha, R. Davis
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    T. Skaggs (L, 0-1)5.15553518.441.50-0.5
    B. Parker0.20000209.000.001.0
    Y. Petit2.00001400.000.507.0
    PITCHERSIP
    T. Skaggs (L, 0-1)5.1
    B. Parker0.2
    Y. Petit2.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    A. Triggs (W, 1-0)5.24103100.001.2415.5
    L. Hendriks (H, 1)1.10000200.000.004.0
    S. Casilla1.00000100.000.003.5
    S. Doolittle1.01000300.001.003.5
    PITCHERSIP
    A. Triggs (W, 1-0)5.2
    L. Hendriks (H, 1)1.1
    S. Casilla1.0
    S. Doolittle1.0
    PITCHING
    • WP - B. Parker (2)
    • Pitches-Strikes - T. Skaggs 89-56, B. Parker 9-6, Y. Petit 26-17
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Skaggs 2-9, Y. Petit 2-0
    • Batters Faced - T. Skaggs 24, B. Parker 2, Y. Petit 7
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - A. Triggs 91-50, L. Hendriks 19-11, S. Casilla 11-7, S. Doolittle 20-16
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Triggs 9-7, L. Hendriks 2-0, S. Casilla 1-1
    • Batters Faced - A. Triggs 24, L. Hendriks 4, S. Casilla 3, S. Doolittle 4
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    Y. Escobar 3B31100100.250.333.250.5833.0
    K. Calhoun RF40000012.333.412.333.745-0.5
    M. Trout CF30000101.313.353.7501.1031.0
    A. Pujols DH40010012.063.118.063.1800.5
    C. Cron 1B40100011.364.417.364.7800.5
    B. Revere LF40100010.200.200.200.4000.5
    A. Simmons SS40200002.400.438.467.9042.0
    C. Pennington 2B20000110.000.333.000.3330.5
    a- D. Espinosa PH10000011.167.231.417.647-0.5
    C. Perez C30000012.000.000.000.000-0.5
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    • a-struck out for Pennington in the 9th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    R. Davis CF40000021.118.118.235.353-1.0
    M. Semien SS31100110.273.467.364.8304.5
    J. Lowrie DH31000131.333.375.600.9750.5
    K. Davis LF21110100.417.5001.0001.5005.0
    R. Healy 1B31121013.214.267.643.9106.5
    Y. Alonso 1B00000100.273.385.273.6571.0
    T. Plouffe 3B40110011.200.250.200.4501.5
    M. Canha RF30000011.000.000.000.000-0.5
    J. Phegley C30000011.000.000.000.000-0.5
    A. Rosales 2B31100010.333.333.333.6671.5
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      BATTING
      • RBI - A. Pujols (2)
      BATTING
      • 2B - K. Davis
      • HR - R. Healy (2)
      • SF - K. Davis
      • RBI - K. Davis (3), R. Healy 2 (3), T. Plouffe
      • 2-Out RBI - R. Healy 2 (3)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - M. Semien
      FIELDING
      • E - M. Trout
      FIELDING
      • E - M. Canha, R. Davis
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      T. Skaggs (L, 0-1)5.15553518.441.50-0.5
      B. Parker0.20000209.000.001.0
      Y. Petit2.00001400.000.507.0
      Total8.05554111---
      PITCHERSIP
      T. Skaggs (L, 0-1)5.1
      B. Parker0.2
      Y. Petit2.0
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      A. Triggs (W, 1-0)5.24103100.001.2415.5
      L. Hendriks (H, 1)1.10000200.000.004.0
      S. Casilla1.00000100.000.003.5
      S. Doolittle1.01000300.001.003.5
      Total9.0510370---
      PITCHERSIP
      A. Triggs (W, 1-0)5.2
      L. Hendriks (H, 1)1.1
      S. Casilla1.0
      S. Doolittle1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - B. Parker (2)
      • Pitches-Strikes - T. Skaggs 89-56, B. Parker 9-6, Y. Petit 26-17
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Skaggs 2-9, Y. Petit 2-0
      • Batters Faced - T. Skaggs 24, B. Parker 2, Y. Petit 7
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - A. Triggs 91-50, L. Hendriks 19-11, S. Casilla 11-7, S. Doolittle 20-16
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Triggs 9-7, L. Hendriks 2-0, S. Casilla 1-1
      • Batters Faced - A. Triggs 24, L. Hendriks 4, S. Casilla 3, S. Doolittle 4
      • 6TH INNING
        Plouffe singled to center, Davis scored15
      • 3RD INNING
        Healy homered to left center, Lowrie scored14
        Davis hit sacrifice fly to right, Semien scored12
        Semien singled to right center, Rosales scored, Semien to third on center fielder Trout fielding error11
        Pujols grounded out to second, Escobar scored, Trout to second10
      • 9TH INNING
        • Sean Doolittle relieved Santiago Casilla
        • C. Cron: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul tip, Cron struck out on foul tip
        • B. Revere: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Revere struck out looking
        • A. Simmons: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Simmons singled to left
        • Danny Espinosa hit for Cliff Pennington
        • D. Espinosa: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Simmons to second on fielder's indifference, Strike swinging, Espinosa struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Santiago Casilla relieved Liam Hendriks
        • K. Calhoun: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Calhoun struck out swinging
        • M. Trout: Ball, Ball, Trout grounded out to first
        • A. Pujols: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Pujols popped out to first
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Y. Petit Pitching:
        • J. Lowrie: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Lowrie struck out swinging
        • K. Davis: Davis grounded out to shortstop
        • Y. Alonso: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Alonso walked
        • T. Plouffe: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Plouffe struck out looking
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • Yonder Alonso at first
        • C. Pennington: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Pennington struck out swinging
        • C. Perez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Perez struck out swinging
        • Y. Escobar: Ball, Ball, Escobar grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Yusmeiro Petit relieved Blake Parker
        • A. Rosales: Rosales grounded out to second
        • R. Davis: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Davis struck out swinging
        • M. Semien: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Semien struck out swinging
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • A. Triggs Pitching:
        • M. Trout: Trout grounded out to third
        • A. Pujols: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Pujols struck out swinging
        • C. Cron: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Cron singled to right
        • B. Revere: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Revere singled to left, Cron to second
        • Liam Hendriks relieved Andrew Triggs
        • A. Simmons: Ball, Strike looking, Simmons grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Revere out at second
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • T. Skaggs Pitching:
        • K. Davis: Strike looking, Davis doubled to deep left
        • R. Healy: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Healy struck out swinging
        • T. Plouffe: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Plouffe singled to center, Davis scored
        • Blake Parker relieved Tyler Skaggs
        • M. Canha: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Canha struck out swinging
        • J. Phegley: Foul, Ball, Plouffe to second on wild pitch, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Phegley struck out swinging
        • End of the 6th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • A. Triggs Pitching:
        • C. Perez: Ball, Strike looking, Perez grounded out to third
        • Y. Escobar: Strike looking, Escobar grounded out to second
        • K. Calhoun: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Calhoun flied out to deep right
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • T. Skaggs Pitching:
        • R. Davis: Strike looking, Foul, Davis grounded out to third
        • M. Semien: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Semien lined out to right
        • J. Lowrie: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Lowrie struck out swinging
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • A. Triggs Pitching:
        • B. Revere: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Revere grounded out to second
        • A. Simmons: Simmons grounded out to third
        • C. Pennington: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Pennington grounded out to first
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • T. Skaggs Pitching:
        • M. Canha: Strike looking, Canha lined out to center
        • J. Phegley: Phegley flied out to deep center
        • A. Rosales: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Rosales struck out swinging
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • A. Triggs Pitching:
        • Y. Escobar: Ball, Ball, Escobar singled to right center, Escobar to second on center fielder Davis fielding error
        • K. Calhoun: Ball, Ball, Calhoun grounded out to first, Escobar to third
        • M. Trout: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Trout walked
        • A. Pujols: Pujols grounded out to second, Escobar scored, Trout to second
        • C. Cron: Foul, Cron flied out to left
        • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
        • T. Skaggs Pitching:
        • A. Rosales: Rosales singled to right
        • R. Davis: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Davis popped out to first
        • M. Semien: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Semien singled to right center, Rosales scored, Semien to third on center fielder Trout fielding error
        • J. Lowrie: Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Lowrie walked
        • K. Davis: Ball, Ball, Ball, Davis hit sacrifice fly to right, Semien scored
        • R. Healy: Ball, Healy homered to left center, Lowrie scored
        • T. Plouffe: Plouffe lined out to center
        • End of the 3rd (4 Runs, 3 Hits, 1 Error)
      • 2ND INNING
        • A. Triggs Pitching:
        • C. Cron: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Cron lined out to right
        • B. Revere: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Revere grounded out to first
        • A. Simmons: Ball, Simmons singled to right center, Simmons to second on right fielder Canha fielding error
        • C. Pennington: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Pennington walked
        • C. Perez: Ball, Perez flied out to center
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
        • T. Skaggs Pitching:
        • T. Plouffe: Strike looking, Strike looking, Plouffe grounded out to third
        • M. Canha: Ball, Ball, Canha flied out to center
        • J. Phegley: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Phegley popped out to first
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • A. Triggs Pitching:
        • Y. Escobar: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Escobar walked
        • K. Calhoun: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Calhoun lined out to center, Escobar to second
        • M. Trout: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Trout lined out to right
        • A. Pujols: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Pujols lined out to right
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • T. Skaggs Pitching:
        • R. Davis: Foul, Strike looking, Foul tip, Davis struck out on foul tip
        • M. Semien: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Semien walked
        • J. Lowrie: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Lowrie struck out swinging
        • K. Davis: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Semien stole second, Ball, Davis walked
        • R. Healy: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Healy flied out to right
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)