These three games against the Los Angeles Angels must have felt like looking in the mirror for the Houston Astros. The Angels came so close to winning all three games against the Astros. Game one the Halos gave up 10 runs but cut the deficit with a grand slam. Game two was a blown save and game three the Astros came up with two runs in the ninth for a 3-2 win.
The Astros had been on the wrong end of one-run games for much of the season, Houston has been on the right side for a few games now.
Lance McCullers dealt with traffic on the bases in the first and second inning but the Angels didn't break through until the third inning. Jett Bandy singled and Shane Robinson walked to put a runner in scoring position in third. Yunel Escobar singled back up the middle, allowing Bandy to score. The Angels loaded the bases but McCullers struck out Cron and Marte to end the inning.
For the fourth straight inning, the Angels had runners in scoring position but again McCullers worked around it. Colby Rasmus doubled in the fourth but Houston still couldn't push a run across.
Kole Calhoun and Jason Castro each hit a double in the fifth, but again the result was no runs.
Jose Altuve continued his MVP campaign with his 12ht home run in the sixth inning. Carlos Correa followed with a double but was erased by double-play off a Colby Rasmus line out.
The Astros broke through in the eighth inning. Tony kemp opened the inning with single but was caught stealing on a pitch out. Marwin Gonzalez hit a ball off the short wall in dead center field to drive in George Springer to put Houston in front with a triple.
Altuve was intentionally walked and Correa followed with a force out that scored Gonzalez. The padding run was much needed as the Angels score a run off closer Will Harris -- three singles from Robinson, Escobar, and Calhoun pushed the score to 3-2.
The Astros now head to Kansas City for three games over the weekend.