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OAKLAND — There don’t figure to be many games like this for the Angels.

The Angels wasted numerous scoring chances and dropped a 3-0 decision to the Oakland A’s on Monday, losing for the third time in the season-opening four-game series.

They also saw Andrelton Simmons leave the game with an injury after he stumbled lunging for the bag to beat out an infield hit in the ninth. There was no immediate word on the severity of the injury. It was similar to a play on which Simmons was injured last season.

Even without Anthony Rendon, who is nursing an oblique issue and might make his Angels debut on Tuesday, the team figures to have a deep enough lineup that scoring won’t be a problem.

On Monday they struck out 11 times, including five of their eight at-bats with a runner in scoring position.

David Fletcher led off the game with a double — his seventh straight time reaching base, a streak that ended at eight — but he was stranded when Chris Bassitt struck out Mike Trout, Shohei Ohtani and Justin Upton.

In the fourth, Upton singled and Tommy La Stella followed with a double. But Matt Chapman fielded Albert Pujols’ grounder at third and threw out Upton at the plate.

After a Jason Castro single loaded the bases, Simmons swung at a first-pitch curve ball out of the zone and bounced it softly back to the mound for an inning-ending double play.

In the ninth, the Angels had runners at first and second with two outs for Trout, representing the tying run. Trout was called out on strikes, after which he briefly jawed with plate ump Adam Hamari.

The lack of support sent Griffin Canning to a loss on a day that he gave up three runs in 4 2/3 innings, striking out seven.

In his first regular season game since getting a platelet-rich plasma injection to address elbow discomfort during spring training, Canning started off very well.

He retired seven of the first eight hitters before allowing two runs in the third. Canning walked Tony Kemp and then Marcus Semien beat the shift with an opposite field single. Ramon Laureano’s sacrifice fly drove in one and Chapman doubled to drive in another.

Mark Canha blasted a towering homer in the fourth, completing the scoring against Canning.

Felix Peña followed Canning to the mound and retired seven of the eight hitters he faced. Cam Bedrosian worked a scoreless eighth, keeping the Angels in the game, but it wasn’t enough.

More to come on this story.

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