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Astros 5, Angels 2: Magic number down to 3 with win

Astros can clinch the AL West title over the weekend.

MLB: Houston Astros at Los Angeles Angels Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Nothing went well for the Astros on Wednesday. Mike Fiers sucked. Jake Marisnick left the game with a thumb injury. It got worse by Thursday afternoon. Mike Fiers was suspended. Jake Marisnick had fractured his thumb.

But all hope was not lost for the final game of the series with the Angels. Brad Peacock continued to prove he should be in the Astros playoff rotation.

Peacock allowed just one run on three hits over six innings. He struck out three and walked three.

The Astros offense was able to supply him with enough support to leave the game in little doubt until Albert Pujols gave a minor flash back in the ninth inning with a home run.

Marwin Gonzalez, Alex Bregman, and Yuli Gurriel sparked the Astros offense in the second. Bregman doubled in a run and Gurriel followed with a single to left that allowed Bregman to score.

The Astros added a few insurance runs in the eighth and ninth innings. Gonzalez doubled to center, allowing Josh Reddick and Jose Altuve to score. Gonzalez was throw out trying to move up to third base.

Carlos Beltran led off the ninth with a double and pinch runner Derek Fisher later scored on a Brian McCann sacrifice fly.

Ken Giles didn’t get the save because he came in the eighth inning. But he came in when he was needed, cutting through the top of the Angels lineup — getting out Brandon Phillips, Justin Upton and striking out Mike Trout.