Lance McCullers Jr. lasted 3 1/3 innings and the Astros expended seven relievers in the club's 7-5 loss to the Angels on Sunday night.
Luis Valbuena burned his former team by hitting a two-run, bases-loaded double in the seventh inning off reliever Chris Devenski to break a tie and send the Angels to a 7-5 win over the Astros in the regular-season finale at Minute Maid Park on Sunday night.
Entering Sunday, Justin Verlander has stood out for going 4-0 with a 0.64 ERA since the Astros acquired him last month, but the team's starters have pitched eight quality starts in the last nine games, with a 1.61 ERA and .162 opponent batting average.
The Texas Rangers saw their faint playoff hopes get all but extinguished over the weekend, leaving the start of a homestand against the in-state rival Houston Astros devoid of much drama or intrigue.
'I'm confident that I'm going to be ready to go,' Astros righty says
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Aaron Judge homered twice in Sunday afternoon's 9-5 loss to the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre, notching his American League-leading 47th and 48th home runs to close within one blast of Mark McGwire's 1987 record for the most home runs hit by a Major League rookie.