Rookie Blackburn cools off Angels in A's 5-0 win

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) A rookie pitcher and his new battery mate combine to help cool off the Los Angeles Angels.

Paul Blackburn limited the Angels to five hits in 6 2/3 innings and Dustin Garneau had two RBIs to lead the Oakland Athletics to a 5-0 victory on Saturday night.

Blackburn (3-1) was in control all night against an Angels team that had won four straight and scored at least five runs in seven consecutive games. The 2012 No. 1 draft pick of the Cubs didn't walk a batter. Just called up July 1, Blackburn, 23, has a 2.60 ERA in seven starts.

''He's been about as consistent as anyone we've had for the period of time he's been here,'' said A's manager Bob Melvin. ''He's a guy you really look forward to getting on the mound now.''

Garneau, just claimed off waivers from the Colorado Rockies on Friday, started at catcher and singled in two runs.

''It's one thing coming to a new team and getting there that day and being in the lineup,'' Melvin said. ''It's another thing calling a shutout with four pitchers.''

Tyler Skaggs (1-2) went four uneven innings for the Angels, allowing three runs on six hits and two walks. He threw 83 pitches in his first start since going on the disabled list April 29 with an oblique strain.

The A's scored the only run they would need in the first when Rajai Davis singled, stole second and third, and scored on a wild pitch. Davis had three stolen bases on the night.

''After the first inning - obviously Rajai Davis does what he does - Skaggs settled down and made some good pitches the next couple of innings,'' said Angels manager Mike Scioscia. ''It looked like he lost his feel for his curveball a little bit. He threw a lot of pitches and was behind the count tonight.

''But he'll be better next time and hopefully we'll start to get a little length.''

Relievers Ryan Dull, Santiago Casilla and Blake Treinen worked the final 2 1/3 innings to complete the fourth shutout of the season for Oakland.

STOLE HOME

The A's stole home for the first time in nine years in the sixth. With runners on the corners, Davis broke for second. When catcher Martin Maldonado came up throwing, Mark Canha broke for home on a delayed steal to complete the double steal.

''That's not typically in our playbook but we got the opportunity,'' Melvin said.

GARNEAU DEBUT

The catcher played at nearby Cal State Fullerton and went to high school about 40 minutes away. He made a nice first impression on his new teammates.

''You definitely want to show these guys you can at least catch and call a good game,'' he said. ''The two RBIs are just a little bonus on top.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Athletics: Right-hander Bobby Wahl, who hasn't pitched for Oakland since going on the disabled list May 24, made five rehab appearances before being shut down again with a sore shoulder. Melvin said the injury flared up again in his last rehab appearance and he is scheduled to be examined by team doctor William Workman.

Angels: It's looking more as if right-hander Matt Shoemaker's season may be over. The Angels announced Friday they were now exploring surgery for his compressed forearm nerve, and Scioscia said Saturday it appeared the only remaining option.

UP NEXT

Athletics: Left-hander Sean Manaea (8-6, 3.90 ERA) allowed six runs (two earned) on nine hits in three innings against the Giants in his last start. In four career starts against Los Angeles, he is 0-2 with a 5.23 ERA.

Angels: Inconsistent right-hander Ricky Nolasco (5-12, 4.90 ERA) will attempt to duplicate his last effort (one run on six hits in six innings against Toronto) against the A's. In 10 starts against the A's, he is 4-3 with a 3.26 ERA.

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  • W: P. Blackburn (3-1)L: T. Skaggs (1-2)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
R. Davis CF51200013.236.293.359.6528.5
M. Semien SS30200211.236.337.364.7023.5
J. Lowrie 2B40100114.269.345.435.7801.5
K. Davis DH50000014.238.325.500.825-0.5
R. Healy 1B40000012.251.283.453.735-0.5
Y. Alonso 1B10000002.266.369.527.8960.0
C. Pinder RF41100010.247.301.487.7882.5
M. Chapman 3B22000200.221.305.496.8004.0
M. Canha LF41200010.202.242.394.6364.5
D. Garneau C40120022.208.260.347.6072.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    Y. Escobar 3B40000000.274.332.389.7210.0
    M. Trout CF40100000.345.462.6981.1601.0
    A. Pujols DH40100001.233.278.387.6651.0
    K. Calhoun RF40200001.236.315.371.6852.0
    A. Simmons SS40000002.301.353.455.8070.0
    L. Valbuena 1B30000001.191.267.373.6400.0
    B. Revere LF30200000.260.284.333.6172.0
    M. Maldonado C30000023.233.299.392.691-1.0
    K. Cowart 2B30000000.400.447.6571.1050.0
      BATTING
      • 2B - C. Pinder (11)
      • RBI - D. Garneau 2 (8)
      • 2-Out RBI - D. Garneau 2 (3)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - R. Davis 3 (23), M. Canha (2)
      FIELDING
      • E - K. Cowart (2), Y. Escobar (12)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      P. Blackburn (W, 3-1)6.25000102.601.0723.5
      R. Dull0.10000105.121.500.5
      S. Casilla1.00000004.201.383.0
      B. Treinen1.01000004.781.472.0
      PITCHERSIP
      P. Blackburn (W, 3-1)6.2
      R. Dull0.1
      S. Casilla1.0
      B. Treinen1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      T. Skaggs (L, 1-2)4.06332304.321.35-2.5
      K. Middleton1.01000204.111.373.0
      C. Bedrosian0.21202204.301.26-2.0
      E. Paredes3.11001202.000.678.0
      PITCHERSIP
      T. Skaggs (L, 1-2)4.0
      K. Middleton1.0
      C. Bedrosian0.2
      E. Paredes3.1
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - P. Blackburn 112-63, R. Dull 4-3, S. Casilla 13-9, B. Treinen 11-8
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - P. Blackburn 10-9, S. Casilla 2-1, B. Treinen 2-0
      • Batters Faced - P. Blackburn 25, R. Dull, S. Casilla 3, B. Treinen 3
      PITCHING
      • WP - T. Skaggs 2 (3)
      • Pitches-Strikes - T. Skaggs 83-51, K. Middleton 18-13, C. Bedrosian 29-16, E. Paredes 45-32
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Skaggs 4-4, C. Bedrosian 1-0, E. Paredes 3-5
      • Batters Faced - T. Skaggs 19, K. Middleton 4, C. Bedrosian 6, E. Paredes 12
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      LAA55-56
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      R. Davis CF51200013.236.293.359.6528.5
      M. Semien SS30200211.236.337.364.7023.5
      J. Lowrie 2B40100114.269.345.435.7801.5
      K. Davis DH50000014.238.325.500.825-0.5
      R. Healy 1B40000012.251.283.453.735-0.5
      Y. Alonso 1B10000002.266.369.527.8960.0
      C. Pinder RF41100010.247.301.487.7882.5
      M. Chapman 3B22000200.221.305.496.8004.0
      M. Canha LF41200010.202.242.394.6364.5
      D. Garneau C40120022.208.260.347.6072.0
      Total3659205918-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        Y. Escobar 3B40000000.274.332.389.7210.0
        M. Trout CF40100000.345.462.6981.1601.0
        A. Pujols DH40100001.233.278.387.6651.0
        K. Calhoun RF40200001.236.315.371.6852.0
        A. Simmons SS40000002.301.353.455.8070.0
        L. Valbuena 1B30000001.191.267.373.6400.0
        B. Revere LF30200000.260.284.333.6172.0
        M. Maldonado C30000023.233.299.392.691-1.0
        K. Cowart 2B30000000.400.447.6571.1050.0
        Total320600028-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - C. Pinder (11)
          • RBI - D. Garneau 2 (8)
          • 2-Out RBI - D. Garneau 2 (3)
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - R. Davis 3 (23), M. Canha (2)
          FIELDING
          • E - K. Cowart (2), Y. Escobar (12)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          P. Blackburn (W, 3-1)6.25000102.601.0723.5
          R. Dull0.10000105.121.500.5
          S. Casilla1.00000004.201.383.0
          B. Treinen1.01000004.781.472.0
          Total9.0600020---
          PITCHERSIP
          P. Blackburn (W, 3-1)6.2
          R. Dull0.1
          S. Casilla1.0
          B. Treinen1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          T. Skaggs (L, 1-2)4.06332304.321.35-2.5
          K. Middleton1.01000204.111.373.0
          C. Bedrosian0.21202204.301.26-2.0
          E. Paredes3.11001202.000.678.0
          Total9.0953590---
          PITCHERSIP
          T. Skaggs (L, 1-2)4.0
          K. Middleton1.0
          C. Bedrosian0.2
          E. Paredes3.1
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - P. Blackburn 112-63, R. Dull 4-3, S. Casilla 13-9, B. Treinen 11-8
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - P. Blackburn 10-9, S. Casilla 2-1, B. Treinen 2-0
          • Batters Faced - P. Blackburn 25, R. Dull, S. Casilla 3, B. Treinen 3
          PITCHING
          • WP - T. Skaggs 2 (3)
          • Pitches-Strikes - T. Skaggs 83-51, K. Middleton 18-13, C. Bedrosian 29-16, E. Paredes 45-32
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Skaggs 4-4, C. Bedrosian 1-0, E. Paredes 3-5
          • Batters Faced - T. Skaggs 19, K. Middleton 4, C. Bedrosian 6, E. Paredes 12
          • 6TH INNING
            Canha scored, Davis to third on 3rd baseman Cowart fielding error50
            Davis reached on fielder's choice to third, Chapman scored, Canha to third on 3rd baseman Escobar fielding error40
          • 4TH INNING
            Garneau singled to left, Pinder and Chapman scored, Canha to second30
          • 1ST INNING
            Davis scored, Lowrie to second on wild pitch10
          • 9TH INNING
            • E. Paredes Pitching:
            • R. Davis: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Davis struck out looking
            • M. Semien: Strike looking, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Semien walked
            • J. Lowrie: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Lowrie singled to right, Semien to second
            • K. Davis: Davis flied out to deep left, Semien to third
            • Y. Alonso: Alonso flied out to left
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Blake Treinen relieved Santiago Casilla
            • A. Pujols: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Pujols grounded out to pitcher
            • K. Calhoun: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Calhoun singled to left
            • A. Simmons: Foul, Ball, Simmons grounded into double play shortstop to first, Calhoun out at second
            • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • E. Paredes Pitching:
            • M. Chapman: Strike looking, Foul, Chapman flied out to deep right
            • M. Canha: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Canha struck out swinging
            • D. Garneau: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Garneau flied out to deep right
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Santiago Casilla relieved Ryan Dull
            • K. Cowart: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Cowart grounded out to first
            • Y. Escobar: Foul, Ball, Escobar grounded out to shortstop
            • M. Trout: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Trout popped out to third
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • E. Paredes Pitching:
            • K. Davis: Ball, Davis grounded out to shortstop
            • R. Healy: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Healy flied out to deep left
            • C. Pinder: Pinder grounded out to first
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Yonder Alonso at first
            • A. Simmons: Ball, Ball, Foul, Simmons flied out to left
            • L. Valbuena: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Valbuena grounded out to shortstop
            • B. Revere: Strike looking, Ball, Revere singled to right
            • Ryan Dull relieved Paul Blackburn
            • M. Maldonado: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Maldonado struck out looking
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • Cam Bedrosian relieved Keynan Middleton
            • C. Pinder: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Pinder struck out swinging
            • M. Chapman: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Chapman walked
            • M. Canha: Foul, Ball, Ball, Canha reached on an infield single to second, Chapman to second
            • D. Garneau: Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Garneau struck out swinging
            • R. Davis: Strike swinging, Ball, Davis reached on fielder's choice to third, Chapman scored, Canha to third on 3rd baseman Escobar fielding error
            • M. Semien: Ball, Davis stole second, Canha scored, Davis to third on 3rd baseman Cowart fielding error, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Semien walked
            • Eduardo Paredes relieved Cam Bedrosian
            • J. Lowrie: Ball, Lowrie reached on fielder's choice to pitcher, Semien out at second
            • Middle of the 6th (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 2 Errors)
            • P. Blackburn Pitching:
            • Y. Escobar: Escobar flied out to center
            • M. Trout: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Trout grounded out to shortstop
            • A. Pujols: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Pujols singled to center
            • K. Calhoun: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Calhoun lined out to left
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • Keynan Middleton relieved Tyler Skaggs
            • M. Semien: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Semien singled to center
            • J. Lowrie: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Strike swinging, Lowrie struck out swinging
            • K. Davis: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Davis struck out swinging
            • R. Healy: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Healy flied out to deep right
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • P. Blackburn Pitching:
            • B. Revere: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Revere grounded out to first
            • M. Maldonado: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Maldonado struck out swinging
            • K. Cowart: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Cowart flied out to deep left
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • T. Skaggs Pitching:
            • K. Davis: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Davis flied out to right
            • R. Healy: Ball, Healy grounded out to third
            • C. Pinder: Ball, Pinder doubled to left center
            • M. Chapman: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Chapman walked
            • M. Canha: Ball, Foul, Canha reached on an infield single to second, Pinder to third, Chapman to second
            • D. Garneau: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Garneau singled to left, Pinder and Chapman scored, Canha to second
            • R. Davis: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Canha to third, Garneau to second on wild pitch, Ball, Davis flied out to right
            • Middle of the 4th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • P. Blackburn Pitching:
            • K. Calhoun: Ball, Ball, Calhoun grounded out to second
            • A. Simmons: Ball, Ball, Simmons grounded out to third
            • L. Valbuena: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Valbuena grounded out to first
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • T. Skaggs Pitching:
            • D. Garneau: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Garneau struck out swinging
            • R. Davis: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Davis reached on an infield single to first, Davis out at second
            • M. Semien: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Semien singled to left
            • J. Lowrie: Lowrie flied out to right
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • P. Blackburn Pitching:
            • K. Cowart: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ball, Ball, Cowart lined out to center
            • Y. Escobar: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Escobar lined out to second
            • M. Trout: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Trout reached on an infield single to shortstop
            • A. Pujols: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Pujols flied out to center
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
          • 2ND INNING
            • T. Skaggs Pitching:
            • C. Pinder: Strike swinging, Ball, Pinder grounded out to second
            • M. Chapman: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Chapman fouled out to catcher
            • M. Canha: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Canha grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • P. Blackburn Pitching:
            • K. Calhoun: Strike looking, Ball, Calhoun singled to right
            • A. Simmons: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Simmons reached on fielder's choice to first, Calhoun out at second
            • L. Valbuena: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Valbuena lined out to left
            • B. Revere: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Revere singled to left center, Simmons to third
            • M. Maldonado: Strike looking, Maldonado grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • T. Skaggs Pitching:
            • R. Davis: Davis singled to center
            • M. Semien: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Davis stole second, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Semien struck out swinging
            • J. Lowrie: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Davis stole third, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Lowrie walked
            • K. Davis: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Davis scored, Lowrie to second on wild pitch, Foul, Davis grounded out to shortstop, Lowrie to third
            • R. Healy: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Healy struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • P. Blackburn Pitching:
            • Y. Escobar: Strike looking, Ball, Escobar grounded out to third
            • M. Trout: Ball, Foul, Ball, Trout lined out to right
            • A. Pujols: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Pujols grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)