CHICAGO – The Cubs had runners in second and third places after left-handed Brian Goodwin dropped Jason Heyward's sacrifice, but Cody Allen pulled Willson Contreras and Kyle Schwarber to end the match.
Schwarber threw his batting helmet to the ground and had to be held back by third baseman Will Venable, after third base umpire Gabe Morales decided he was making a passes in check at the third strike. Manager Joe Maddon then continued the discussion as the referees left the field.
Playing without Mike Trout again because of an injury to the groin, the Angels stopped a five-game road slip. Trout is well-groomed in Southern California and could join the team at his next Texas series.
Zack Cozart has scored 1 for 33 in his first 13 games this season. But he hit an RBI single in Los Angeles with two innings in second place and was again ranked fourth and eighth.
Javier Báez hit two RBI doubles for Chicago, who won three out of four. Kyle Hendricks (0-3) allowed three points, two earned and six hits in five innings in his third straight loss at the start of the year.
The double of Báez for the second round reduced his lead to 3-2 in Los Angeles. But Buttrey (1-0) replaced Chris Stratton and removed Heyward on a first goal, finishing the inning.
The Angels added two more points in the sixth on bases marched against Albert Pujols and Kole Calhoun, and Peter Bourjos made a sacrificial volley in the eighth end. The Cubs got two points on Mark Zagunis's single in the bottom half of the eighth, but Allen fanned Descalso to end the inning.
Maddon had Kris Bryant on his bench, but he had sent the Zagunis to the relief post for reliever Brandon Kintzler. Bryant is now batting .194 (7 to 36) with 13 strikeouts in his last nine games.
Maddon said that before the match, it was a scheduled day off for Bryant and that he had nothing to do with his recent problems.
"I had a very good conversation with him yesterday," Maddon said. "It's actually in a good place."
The Angels took the lead with three points in the second, helped by another interfering call from the receivers on the Cubs and by a solid match of an exuberant fan at the front row at Wrigley Field.
After Jonathan Lucroy opened the ball with a single, Goodwin launched a violent pass near the Cubs canoe. Báez and third baseman David Bote tried to chase the ball, but a fan managed to catch the glove just before they arrived. The man seemed to apologize as Báez and Bote headed for the field.
Goodwin and David Fletcher then hit consecutive singles to give Los Angeles a 1-0 lead. Stella has already reached the fourth receiver interceptor call on the Cubs this year, and Cozart has broken down to Goodwin. Fletcher broke into his home when Stratton bounced back into a double game.
The Angels' first baseman, Justin Bour, started his day with adventures by hitting a lining in the corner as he left. Bour made a wide start first and Ben Zobrist threw behind him, but the ball escaped Bour's leg and entered the playing field.
Bour stood up and ran while catcher Willson Contreras made a powerful shot in second position. Referee Marty Foster said Bour was safe, but the big hitter got up, headed back to the canoe, and was spotted by Báez.