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  • Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Tyler Skaggs throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals Monday, June 25, 2018, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

    Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Tyler Skaggs throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals Monday, June 25, 2018, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

  • Kansas City Royals’ Hunter Dozier is chased down for the out by Los Angeles Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons after getting caught in a rundown during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, June 25, 2018, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

    Kansas City Royals’ Hunter Dozier is chased down for the out by Los Angeles Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons after getting caught in a rundown during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, June 25, 2018, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

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  • Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Brad Keller throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels Monday, June 25, 2018, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

    Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Brad Keller throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels Monday, June 25, 2018, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

  • Los Angeles Angels’ Chris Young is tagged out on the way to first base by Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Brad Keller during the third inning of a baseball game Monday, June 25, 2018, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

    Los Angeles Angels’ Chris Young is tagged out on the way to first base by Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Brad Keller during the third inning of a baseball game Monday, June 25, 2018, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

  • KANSAS CITY, MO – JUNE 25: Lucas Duda #21 of the Kansas City Royals hits a RBI single in the fourth inning against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Kauffman Stadium on June 25, 2018 in Kansas City, Missouri. Players are wearing #42 in honor of Jackie Robinson Day. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

    KANSAS CITY, MO – JUNE 25: Lucas Duda #21 of the Kansas City Royals hits a RBI single in the fourth inning against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Kauffman Stadium on June 25, 2018 in Kansas City, Missouri. Players are wearing #42 in honor of Jackie Robinson Day. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

  • Kansas City Royals’ Lucas Duda hits an RBI single during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels Monday, June 25, 2018, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

    Kansas City Royals’ Lucas Duda hits an RBI single during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels Monday, June 25, 2018, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

  • Kansas City Royals’ Hunter Dozier, right, celebrates with Alcides Escobar after scoring on a single by Lucas Duda during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels Monday, June 25, 2018, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

    Kansas City Royals’ Hunter Dozier, right, celebrates with Alcides Escobar after scoring on a single by Lucas Duda during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels Monday, June 25, 2018, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

  • Kansas City Royals’ Rosell Herrera is caught stealing second by Los Angeles Angels second baseman Ian Kinsler to end the sixth inning of a baseball game Monday, June 25, 2018, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

    Kansas City Royals’ Rosell Herrera is caught stealing second by Los Angeles Angels second baseman Ian Kinsler to end the sixth inning of a baseball game Monday, June 25, 2018, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

  • KANSAS CITY, MO – JUNE 25: Tyler Skaggs #45 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim throws in the first inning against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium on June 25, 2018 in Kansas City, Missouri. Players are wearing #42 in honor of Jackie Robinson Day. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

    KANSAS CITY, MO – JUNE 25: Tyler Skaggs #45 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim throws in the first inning against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium on June 25, 2018 in Kansas City, Missouri. Players are wearing #42 in honor of Jackie Robinson Day. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

  • The Royals’ Adalberto Mondesi throws to first after forcing out the Angels’ Mike Trout at second to complete a double play during the fourth inning on Monday in Kansas City, Missouri. Players are wearing No. 42 in honor of Jackie Robinson Day, the date the game was originally scheduled to be played in April. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

    The Royals’ Adalberto Mondesi throws to first after forcing out the Angels’ Mike Trout at second to complete a double play during the fourth inning on Monday in Kansas City, Missouri. Players are wearing No. 42 in honor of Jackie Robinson Day, the date the game was originally scheduled to be played in April. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

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KANSAS CITY — When the Angels were trying to complete their series at Kauffman Stadium in April, their bats were hot but the weather was too cold.

When they returned to make up the postponed game on Monday, the weather was perfect, but the Angels’ bats were cold.

The Angels lost 2-0 to the Kansas City Royals on Monday afternoon in a makeup game of a postponement from a bitter cold day in April.

Back then, the Angels had won seven in a row, firing on all cylinders to get off to a club record 13-3 start.

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Ever since, it’s been one long slog, marked by injuries and inconsistent performances from throughout the lineup, resulting in the Angels playing seven games under .500 in the last 65 games.

The starters, relievers and hitters have each had spells of ineffectiveness, but it was mostly the hitters who were responsible for this one.

Facing rookie right-hander Brad Keller, the Angels managed just two singles in seven innings, one of them was an infield single. The Angels didn’t get a runner into scoring position until the eighth, when they wasted a chance to at least tie the score.

David Fletcher pinch-hit against lefty Tim Hill and got hit by a pitch. Fletcher then stole second and took third when Martín Maldonado grounded out.

With one out at the tying run at third, Chris Young could have tied the score with a fly ball, but he struck out. Ian Kinsler then struck out.

The Angels still had the heart of the order, starting with Mike Trout, due in the ninth, but by then new reliever Hansel Robles had allowed the Royals to tack on an insurance run.

It made for a tough loss for Tyler Skaggs, who didn’t seem to lose any of his momentum when his start was pushed back a few days because of a tight hamstring.

Skaggs gave up one run over seven innings. He’s now allowed two earned runs in 27 innings in his last four starts.

Skaggs also had his third outstanding game in three starts at Kaufman Stadium, where, in 2016, he made his memorable return to the majors after nearly two years, much of which was rehabbing from Tommy John surgery. Skaggs pitched seven scoreless innings in that game, and he added another seven scoreless in April 2017.

The Royals had seven hits against Skaggs, including four to lead off innings, so he was pitching under pressure most of the afternoon. He escaped with the help of a double play and three baserunners being erased. Skaggs picked one off, and Maldonado picked off two and caught one stealing.

More to come on this story.

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